I got this email from Sherry, Editor of Irish Quilting, this morning:
Hello Quilter Friends,
Most all of you have heard about the flooding in Ireland. They say it is a flood occurrence that happens once in 800 years. The South and the West were first affected. Closely behind came the midland areas, such as, severely affected Athlone in Co. Roscommon. With more torrential storms this past weekend, the Dublin and Kildare counties are experiencing the same.
The number of homes affected in the beginning was tremendous: 500-600. News from County Cork put the displaced families at a staggering 18,000.
There will be a number of weeks before many residents will be able to adequately estimate the real damage to their home and belongs.
Irish Quilting is asking you if you can help the Irish families displaced. We are donating quilts to bring warmth to these victims.
Can you sew a 13 1/2″ unfinished block?
Can you donate a quilt?
Can you and your friends create a charity quilt (pattern included here!)?
If you said yes to any of these questions above, please contact us. Or, just sew and send! Be sure to include your name. We will be working with Saint Vincent De Paul and the Irish Red Cross to give back warmth to our flood victims.
Many of our quilting groups are breaking for Christmas. Maybe your group can meet with this need in mind?–several people creating 13″ blocks will have a quilt top in no time. Attached is a flyer asking for blocks (with block pattern) and charity quilts.
Forward all your blocks to the address below. If you know of charitable amounts of wadding and/or backing available, all is appreciated. So often we work for charities overseas, now there’s a clear need for warmth at home, so let’s help out!
If you have quilts ready to be donated, please email
me or call me and I will arrange the dropoff/collection point for charity.
If you want all the information, just comment and I’ll forward her email on to you. Her email included a 13 1/2″ block pattern as well. I’m going to host my own make a block day and I’m going to approach this at my shop and see what we can do as a shop.
Read more details at Sherry’s blog: http://verrysherry.blogspot.com/