Together we raised $10,690 for Action Kivu this year!

Over the past eight years of this fundraiser we have raised a total of $104,810 for Action Kivu and helped 291 women graduate from the congolese run sewing workshop!

Together, our generous quilting and sewing community has made such an impact!

Thank you to everyone who has supported in ways big and small.

Prize winners will be contacted directly.

 THANK YOU SO MUCH!!

8th Annual Action Kivu Fundraiser

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Welcome to the eighth annual Action Kivu Fundraiser!

MONDAY 12/4: THE FUNDRAISER IS OVER – WINNERS WILL BE EMAILED WITHIN THE DAY!

The fundraiser will be held here on my blog from Monday November 27th, 2017 through Sunday December 3rd, 2017.

There are amazing prizes to win so read these details and check them out below!

This year, let’s work together, combine this community’s giving spirit and try to raise $15,000 for Action Kivu!

Action Kivu is a very small non-profit that helps women and children who are victims of the conflict in Eastern Congo. The conflict in Congo has taken the lives of over 5.4 million people since 1998. Rape is used as a weapon of war, with estimates putting the number of rapes in the hundreds of thousands.

These statistics are so difficult, but by working together year after year, we’ve made a concrete different for specific women and children. Each year there are more women entering Action Kivu’s programs and more children going to school. The money raised here makes a real different in the lives of these people.

 

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One of Action Kivu’s projects is a sewing workshop that teaches women to sew. When women graduate from the workshop, they are given a sewing machine and therefore the means to support themselves and their families. This workshop changes their lives in amazing ways and it is your generosity that makes that possible!

This year’s fundraised money will be going towards graduation sewing machine kits for 42 women!

Also, you can help with spreading the word about the fundraiser via social media and use the hashtags #akfundraiser #sewing #congo #actionkivu

Please follow me on Instagram, as I will be posting all week there as well.  Repost or share any of the fundraiser images that I post there or on Facebook. Let’s work together to really get the word out and get to our goal of $15,000!

If you have any questions at all, please feel free to leave them in the comments and I will answer them there, or you are of course also more than welcome to email me. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Here’s how it works:

In order to be entered to win a giveaway, all that you have to do is give the amount assigned to that prize. Can’t decide which giveaway you want to be in the running for? You can enter more than one! Just donate the dollar amount associated with a prize and you’ve got a chance to win it. However, you can only enter each giveaway once.

Now let’s get to the giveaways!

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$10 Donation:

NEW PRIZE! 12/2 – Give just $10 to the fundraiser and you could win a copy of Shea Henderson’s fantastic book, School of Sewing.

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$15 Donation:

Denyse Schmidt has been so kind to give a layer cake of her new fabric line, Washington Depot, and a Calico Swing quilt pattern. What a great prize. Donate just $15 and it could be yours!

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$17.50 Donation:

Jacquie Gering has generously donated a copy of each of her books, Quilting Modern and Walk. Give just $17.50 to the fundraiser and you’re entered for a chance to win both!

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$20 Donation:

FIVE WINNERS! Give $20 and be entered to win a copy of Modern Quilts, a beautiful coffee table book that any lover of art, craft or design would love. Note that the book will be shipped to you upon its release in late December. $39.95 retail value. FIVE WINNERS PICKED!!

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$22.50 Donation:

NEW PRIZE! 11/30 Made, and so kindly donated, by Amber Carrillo these adorable handmade pouches and key chain could be yours Give $22.50 and be entered to win!

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$25 Donation:      

NEW PRIZE! 11/29 Give $25 and be entered to win this wonderful prize from from Amy Friend! A jelly roll of her Improv fabric and two of her jelly roll patterns: Interlock and Cinched.

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$40 Donation:      

Give $40 and be entered to win this wonderful donation from Elizabeth Hartman of a fat quarter bundle of her Reef collection for Robert Kaufman Fabrics and her Awesome Ocean, Sea Urchins, and Preppy the Whale patterns. The retail value is $117!!

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$50 Donation:      

NEW PRIZE! 12/2 Give $50 and be entered to win a fat quarter bundle of the NOT YET RELEASED (!) Violet Craft line, Palm Canyon along with a seam roller and two of her new patterns!

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$75 Donation:

Alison Glass has given such a beautiful fabric prize to the fundraiser!! A complete fat quarter bundle of three years of her Sun Print – 2016, 2017 and 2018. Imagine adding this to your stash all in one go?!? Give $75 to the fundraiser and there’s a chance it could be yours, PLUS you’ll give to a fantastic cause.

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$90 Donation

NEW PRIZE! 11/30 You are in luck! Heather Jones has donated one of her gorgeous quilts and if could be yours if you give $90 to the fundraiser. This beautiful version of her Anni quilt is about 66″ x 66″ and would be a wonderful addition to your home!


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$100 Donation

Want to win this fun red & aqua quilt from my book, Modern Minimal? Give $100 and you’ll have a chance to! It’s a 70″ x 75″ large lap quilt that would look great on anyone’s couch! Keep it for yourself or give it to a friend as a holiday gift – help a great cause by giving at this generous level! If you win the quilt, I’ll also send you a copy of the book that it is in!


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And finally, give $125 and you could win a free weekend workshop at Craft South!! You’ll get the weekend of a lifetime for a steal AND you’ll have given to a worthy cause! This wonderful prize was so generously donated by Anna Maria Horner.

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Once again, if you have any questions at all, just comment and I’ll reply there or you are always welcome to email me. Thank you so much for giving to the Action Kivu fundraiser!
 

Action Kivu Wrap up

Thank you so much to those who gave this year. We raised almost $10,000 for Action Kivu which will make a big impact for them!

Winner of the prizes will be contacted directly. Thank you all again again!!

7th Annual Action Kivu Fundraiser

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Welcome to the SEVENTH annual Action Kivu Fundraiser!

The fundraiser will be held here on my blog from Monday August 22nd, 2016 through Sunday August 28th, 2016.

Our amazing online sewing community is so, so generous. Let’s work together again, pool that giving nature, and raise $15,000 for Action Kivu this year!

Action Kivu helps women and children who are victims of the conflict in Eastern Congo. The conflict in Congo has taken the lives of over 5.4 million people since 1998. Rape is used as a weapon of war, with estimates putting the number of rapes in the hundreds of thousands.

These statistics are hard to think about, but together we have made a big difference for specific women and children in Congo. Every year there are more women entering Action Kivu’s programs and more children going to school.  Your generosity is causing positive change in the lives of these specific women and children, so let’s keep working together to help!

One of Action Kivu’s projects is a sewing workshop that teaches women to sew. When women graduate from the workshop, they are given a sewing machine and therefore the means to support themselves and their families. This workshop changes their lives in amazing ways and it is your generosity that makes that possible!

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Our online sewing community is connected to these women through sewing and we can make a difference. Please give today!

Also, you can help with spreading the word about the fundraiser via social media and use the hashtags #akfundraiser #sewing #congo #actionkivu

Please follow me on Instagram, as I will be posting all week there as well.  Repost or share any of the fundraiser images that I post there or on Facebook. Let’s work together to really get the word out and get to our goal of $15,000!

If you have any questions at all, please feel free to leave them in the comments and I will answer them there, or you are of course also more than welcome to email me. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Here’s how it works:

In order to be entered to win a giveaway, all that you have to do is give the amount assigned to that prize. Can’t decide which giveaway you want to be in the running for? You can enter more than one! Just donate the dollar amount associated with a prize and you’ve got a chance to win it. However, you can only enter each giveaway once.

Now let’s get to the giveaways!

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$10 Donation:

Carolyn's patterns

Give $10 and be entered to win two wonderful  patterns kindly donated by Carolyn Friedlander.

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$15 Donation:

Books

Give just $15 and be entered to win these three quilting books! Block Party, Modern Minimal and The Essential Guide to Modern Quiltmaking.

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Give $25 and you could win this bundle of Echino favorites! Six half yards (a piece is cut out of the pink cars) and the fabric has been pre-washed.

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$40 Donation:

AurifilGive $40 and be entered to win the Heather Jones Aurifil Thread Box. Look at all those wonderful colors! Aurifil was kind enough to donate this great prize to the fundraiser.
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$45 Donation:                                                                                                                                                    IMG_4452
Give $45 and be entered to win this wonderful Elizabeth Hartman donation, made up of of her Lepidoptera pattern and a full fat quarter pack of her Paintbox Basics for Robert Kaufman – 30 fat quarters!! Elizabeth was so kind to donate this fantastic prize.

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SewModernSiteGraphicIf you give $55 you are entered to win a beautiful bundle of 15 fat quarters of Cotton and Steel’s Les Fleurs AND a $100 gift card to Sew Modern!! Generously donated by Sew Modern.
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$80 Donation:
My fabricIf you give $80 to the fundraiser you could win a lot of my fabric. I don’t really sew with prints anymore so what better use to put them to than helping out the fundraiser while sending them to a loving home? This is 41 fat quarters plus a stack of 15 full yards. Also a bunch of Moda precuts that might have one or two squares pulled out. All of the fabric is designer quilting cottons and none has been prewashed. Please check out more detailed photos of what the fabric is here.
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Jacquie Jacquie Gering is giving away one of her beautiful quilts! The quilt is called Life In Technicolor and is a variation of Joelle Hoverson’s Color Wheel quilt.  Quilted by the awesome Angela Walters.  Approximately 74″ x 84″. Jacquie blogged about the quilt here so you can see more photos of it. A huge thank you to Jacquie for donating such a wonderful prize to the fundraiser.


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And finally, give $125 and you could win a free weekend workshop at Craft South!! You’ll get the weekend of a lifetime for a steal AND you’ll have given to a worthy cause! This wonderful prize was so generously donated by Anna Maria Horner.
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Once again, if you have any questions at all, just comment and I’ll reply there or you are always welcome to email me. Thank you so much for giving to the Action Kivu fundraiser!
 

Spiky coasters pattern

I thought it was time to post on the blog again – before a whole year went by and it would seem like it is for nothing but the Action Kivu Fundraiser (which will happen again this year!). Ha. Yes, I do still sew – it’s just that posting here about it has taken a back seat while I raise young kids and Instagram feeds my desire to share my work.

Meanwhile, I wanted to share the coasters tutorial that I wrote up for Janome recently.

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It’s easy to sew up a few for yourself and you can find the pattern here. Enjoy!