Updates (March 21)March 21, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Posted in Craftivism | 1 Comment
We have many updates to share six days into this project – a huge thank you to our generous supporters and everyone who has gotten in touch to offer help!
First, we have a mailing address and email address set up now – our Contact/Donations page has all the details plus some basic info on what we’re looking for if you are interested in passing fabric, blocks, or other materials along.
I made some new pages – Events, Fundraisers, and Tutorials (all along the top of the blog). Our Events start up tomorrow night, Tuesday, March 22 with a free open sew at Modern Domestic for cutting and piecing blocks, hosted by Daniela. We would love to see you there!! There are several more Portland events coming up, all listed on the page, with more on the way – will update as soon as we confirm the next round. And Daniela is busy creating some customizable QfQ posters shopowners or event hosts can use to promote their quilting bees. We’ll post those as soon as they’re ready.
Speaking of events, we are so happy that Lish and Karen are hosting a Detroit craft night for QfQ on Thursday, March 24th from 7-9 as well and will be mailing us blocks to quilt up. Thank you Mitten Staters!!
Fundraisers is a list of some other wonderful handmade efforts we’ve found so far to support Japan earthquake relief. We’re so happy to spread the word on other ways to help and would appreciate more suggestions in the comments there.
Tutorials has a video Daniela and I made on how to piece a basic log cabin block. We’ll be adding one on chain-piecing as soon as we can – it’s a very efficient way to zip through a bunch of blocks in the same sitting!
We also made a Facebook page for QfQ if you’re interested in getting quick updates over there. Thanks to Kim for helping out with it!
Here is the current QfQ plan:
We will host a series of free quilting bees (plus affordable basic sewing classes for brand-new quilters) over the next six weeks, here in Portland and hopefully in many other places too. The goal is to create a collection of community-made handmade log cabin quilts (primarily baby, children’s and lap sizes), finishing with a marathon quilting-bee weekend on May 7 & 8, all leading up to a show + live auction event here in Portland on May 11th (the 2-month anniversary of the earthquake – details TBA). Any unsold quilts will be immediately put into the QfQ Etsy shop (currently empty but you can certainly bookmark QuiltsForQuakeShop if you’d like!). All proceeds (100%) will be donated to a charitable organization. We are leaning towards Mercy Corps/Peace Winds Japan to aid their important relief work.
Our more personal secondary goal is to donate a small collection of handmade quilts to recovering communities in Northeast Japan as a gesture of friendship and hope. This is something we hope to focus on when the time is right, working with the right organization. If it isn’t possible, we will sell all remaining quilts in our Etsy shop and donate all proceeds right away.
Thank you everyone! We are so grateful for the help and support. Can’t wait to update with some more pictures of blocks + live sewing after our first event! Keep an eye on our flickr group…