Saturday, December 4, 2010

Quilting Hope Into Their Lives

Like many of you, I read this post a few weeks ago by Allison of Cluck Cluck Sew. Like many of you, it (and the blog Allison links to) left me completely heartbroken. Like many of you, I thought of my own babies, who were at the time sound asleep in warm beds, with full stomachs, under the same roof as parents who love them to the moon and back. The idea of either of my girls being subjected to the unbearable sadness that so many kids in Haiti have faced was just devastating.

But after a little reflection and sadness, I have to admit, I just went about my evening as usual. It's a horrible situation, of course, but what can I do?

Tracey from traceyjay quilts read that post too. But unlike many of us, she decided to do something about it, right then and there.

And so, Quilt Hope In was born. Quilt Hope In will be an Etsy shop where anyone can put handmade items up for sale, and all proceeds from those sales will be donated directly to Heartline Ministries in Port Au Prince, Haiti. Any of us—all of us—can use our talents to help, through Quilt Hope In.

We've all got a few extra quilts or other handmade items hanging around, right? For those of us who aren't up for an Etsy shop of our own, what better way is there to find a good home for your quilts and raise money for a worthy cause? If you would like to help, start by going to the Quilt Hope In blog and becoming a follower. And think about items you might be willing to sell through the store. (Are you participating in 100 Quilts for Christmas? This might be a great spot for yours!)

Tracey is hoping for a grand opening of the Etsy store sometime around Dec. 12 - 15. You can also visit Tracey's blog for more information, and stay tuned for more updates.

1 comment:

traceyjay said...

I think it should read -- and Tracey couldn't sleep from crying so hard, so for the sake of everyone's sanity, she had to figure out something!!!

Thank you again x 1,000,000 for all the design work. I like that the effort already feels collaborative... my hope and prayer is that the blogging quilting community at large feels ownership of our little shop.

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