Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Comfort for Houston : :

Quilts for Comfort

I am always amazed by the incredible generosity of quilters. Many of us will agree that one of the best ways we know how to serve those is need is through our shared passion of turning pieces of fabric into quilts that are made and given straight from the heart to offer comfort.  It is a language of love that we all share.  As we watched the hurricane induced devastation effect Texas, Nicole @ModernHandcraft immediately took action, announcing the Helping Houston Auction to raise money to send to relief efforts for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Like so many of you, I was looking for a way to help and I'm grateful to have been able to donate my fabrics and thread as part of the auction. Nicole's community effort raised over $25,000 in just one week! Proving once again just how incredible the sewing community is when it comes together!

Ninety-six FQs & thread

While there is no doubt that giving what we can monetarily is so important, as makers it can feel like it’s not enough. Although many will have insurance and FEMA to offer assistance, there is so much lost in these disasters that can never be replaced. #AGFComfortsTexas is an effort to collect handmade quilts to offer flood victims as a way to bring more comfort & warmth to these lives as they recover. The love, hope and prayers that we stitch into our quilts will surely help restore a little bit of what washed away that money can't replace.

Comfort Quilts

Art Gallery Fabrics will be collecting any quilt (at least 50" x 65" or larger) that you would like to donate now through September 22nd. To assure that the quilts are given to those in need, AGF is working in collaboration with Quilts of Compassion, a nonprofit organization who have been delivering quilts to victims in disaster areas since 1999. AGF is hoping to collect as many quilts as possible. As a way to show their appreciation for your generosity, those who donate a quilt will receive a bundle of six fat quarters as a thank you from AGF.

Please send your quilt donations to:

Art Gallery Fabrics
ATTN: AGF Comforts Texas
299 Bryan Road
Dania Beach, FL 33004

It's important to add that all of this was organized immediately following Hurricane Harvey and the flooding, before we knew how Hurricane Irma was going to effect the Miami Beach area. Now that the storm has passed, please feel free to contact AGF in the comment section of their blog post HERE -- if you have any concerns about sending a quilt. I think it's likely that AGF will extend the deadline for donating quilts due to the unpredictability that comes in the aftermath of these storms.

A BIG thank you in advance for your generosity! xo Maureen

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