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The fundraiser is now over but Action Kivu always needs your help. Please give to them any time.

Time flies and it’s yet again time for the Action Kivu Fundraiser! The 3rd annual! Today is the first eighth and final day of the fundraiser, held here on my blog, through this week. The fundraiser will end, and the giveaways will close, on Monday the 20th at midnight, Pacific time.

For those of you who are new to my blog, here’s the lowdown: there are amazing giveaways involved in this fundraiser and together we do a lot of good.

If you’ve been reading my blog, you know about Action Kivu, but for those of you who don’t know, Action Kivu is a nonprofit that helps women who are victims of the conflict in Eastern Congo by teaching them to sew at a sewing workshop. Action Kivu also pays for children to go to school. 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 are horrible statistics but together we can make a difference for some specific women and children.


My twin sister, Cate, runs Action Kivu and she went to Eastern Congo early this year to see the sewing workshop and meet the women there. It was an amazing trip. She saw, with her own eyes, the good that we have done with this fundraiser. For example:


Cate met this woman, Nzigira, who is a graduate of the sewing workshop and is now supporting her family as a seamstress. That pretty sewing machine she’s using?? Our fundraiser last year bought it for her.  She is just one example of many women and children who have been directly helped by this fundraiser.  Please give this year so that we can help even more!  Even just $10 makes a difference!

Last year we raised an amazing $15,000! This year? We’re making our goal even higher. We’re shooting for $20,000 and together we can get there!!  The American staff of Action Kivu is 100% volunteer, so all of your donations, minus nominal banking fees, go directly to the work on the ground, empowering and educating the women and children of eastern Congo.

See that thermometer on my side bar? (click through if you’re seeing this in a reader) Let’s get it movin’ up and up and up! The online sewing community that I know, and am so lucky to be a part of, is such a generous place. Let’s pool that generosity and make a real difference in the lives of some women and children who really need our help.  Please give.

So 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.

Added afternoon of 8/13: Anna Maria Horner has added a bundle of 6 fat quarters from her new line, Field Study, to each and every prize!


It doesn’t matter which prize you pick, you’ll also win six fat quarters of these beautiful fabrics! Thank you Anna!

$10 Donation:______________________________________________________ 

MLCQ + StitchPendleton wool FQ set + quilt kit
Updated to be an even bigger prize! Give only $10 and be entered to win a signed copy of Modern Log Cabin Quilting, donated by its generous author, Susan Beal, the new Winter issue of Stitch, with a nice feature on wool sewing, donated by Stitch, a brand-new set of 8 wool fat quarters, and a baby quilt kit (which includes 2 FQs and 1 full yard of wool), donated by Pendleton Woolen Mills.

$25 Donation:______________________________________________________ 


Donate just $25 and you could win a $50 gift certificate to Sew Modern‘s great online or brick & mortar shop! Plus win a charm pack of super cute Sew Stitchy. Thank you to Sew Modern for their donation.
$30 Donation:______________________________________________________

Such Designs

Carrie from Such Designs was kind enough to donate two sets of all ten of her patterns along with a felt kit for the I’ll Huff & I’ll Puff pattern. Give $30 and you could win all of this! Two people will win.
$35 Donation:______________________________________________________

Heather's Quilt

Donate $35 and be in the running to win this vibrant, fun baby quilt by Heather Jones. This quilt measures 35″ x 35″.

$40 Donation:______________________________________________________ 


Donate $40 and enter to win a set of four modern quilting books! Block Party, Quilting Modern, We Love Color and Modern Minimal.

$45 Donation:______________________________________________________ 


A donation of $45 gets you a chance to win a set of precuts of the 28 new Kona Cotton colors! Fat quarters, a jelly roll and a charm pack. Three people will win this prize as Robert Kaufman was kind enough to donate three sets.

$50 Donation:______________________________________________________ 

heather ross fabric

Donate $50 and you could win a fat eighths set of 19 of the fabrics in the out of print and incredibly hard to find Mendocino line by Heather Ross. Kindly donated by Jacquie Gering.

$55 Donation:______________________________________________________

14 Modern Quilt Relish Patterns
Donate $55 and you are entered win all 14 of the Modern Quilt Relish quilt patterns. That’s a lot of patterns! Marny and Jill were kind enough to donate two sets of the patterns so two people will win!

$60 Donation:______________________________________________________ 


Donate $60 and you could win a fat quarter bundle (that’s 30 fat quarters!) of Denyse Schmidt’s new line, Chicopee! Also a beautiful Denyse Schmidt journal to go with it. Generously donated by Denyse Schmidt Quilts.

$75 Donation:______________________________________________________ 

Donate $75 and you could win a four day lecture pass to QuiltCon!! This pass has a $199 value and you will know if you win before registration for QuiltCon opens. If you’re planning on going to QuiltCon, this is a great chance to get the lecture pass for an amazing amount. Donated by The Modern Quilt Guild.

$100 Donation:_____________________________________________________ 


Donate $100 and you are in the running to win a finished quilt by Elizabeth Hartman from her book, the Practical Guide to Patchwork. This gorgeous quilt is a large lap quilt at 68″ x 68″.  A huge thank you to Elizabeth for donating this beautiful quilt!

And there are additional prizes!

If you give $25 or more you could win a $50 gift certificate from Sew, Mama, Sew! Be sure to head over to their blog and comment so that you’re in the running for a $50 gift certificate from them!!

Elizabeth Hartman is giving away a tote filled with her new book, Modern Patchwork, acrylic templates for six of the quilts in the book and a rainbow of solid fabrics! If you give $25 or more to the fundraiser, hop over to her blog and comment to be entered to win her great giveaway.

If you give $40 or more you could win one of Jacquie Gering’s beautiful quilts. Comment on her post to be entered.

Heather Jones from Olive & Ollie is giving away a set of all four of her PDF patterns. If you give to the fundraiser, no matter the amount, please comment on her post for a chance to win them!

Have any questions about Action Kivu or this fundraiser? I’m happy to answer them! Leave me a comment or email me and I’ll reply to you as quickly as possible.

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  • Jan in SoDak

    August 13, 2012 at 7:37 am | Reply

    How long are running the fundraiser?

    • Alissa

      August 13, 2012 at 7:39 am | Reply

      Hi Jan! The fundraiser will be running throughout this whole week. Through the 18th. Thanks!

  • ruth

    August 13, 2012 at 8:04 am | Reply

    this is great! i am involved in this field professionally as well (international development but am dreaming of working for/with an org like this…).

  • Irelle

    August 13, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Reply

    I just donated $45 but i went directly to their site instead of donating though yours. Can I still be in the drawing?

    • Alissa

      August 13, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Reply

      Hi Irelle! Yes, you are automatically in for the prizes when you donate through them. I coordinate directly with them when we pick the winners. Thank you so so much for your donation!!

  • Sally

    August 14, 2012 at 6:38 am | Reply

    I’m in!

  • Allison C

    August 14, 2012 at 9:42 am | Reply

    I just donated. This is a great cause!

  • di

    August 14, 2012 at 10:03 am | Reply

    Alissa: Thank you for doing this. I accidentally clicked the wrong ‘donate’ for the amount that I donated. I hope it automatically sorts out ok. I’d like to be entered…

    • Alissa

      August 14, 2012 at 10:05 am | Reply

      Hi Di! Not to worry – those donate buttons all lead to the same page. What counts in the dollar amount you input. Thank you so much for your donation and support of Action Kivu!

  • Peggy

    August 14, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Reply

    I donated $45 – such a wonderful thing this is and it really shows how generous the sewing and crafting community can be. Hurray!

  • Leila

    August 15, 2012 at 10:10 am | Reply

    I donated and wrote a post about the fundraiser. I used two of your pictures (one of the woman w/sewing machine and one of the prizes). I hope that is alright. I love this organization!

  • Kathryn Schmidt

    August 15, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Reply

    I donated again this year as a birthday present for my sister. She is a nurse midwife and spent a year in East Congo (Walikale and Kivu) with Doctors Without Borders. I am so glad you all are advocating for these women!

  • leslie tucker jenison

    August 15, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Reply

    I am so glad to know about this amazing, wonderful project. I was happy to contribute and will follow your fundraising efforts with great interest. I would like to mention this project in a blog post and link back to yours if that is okay.

    • Alissa

      August 15, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Reply

      Hi Leslie,

      Of course – it would be wonderful if you’d blog about the fundraiser! Thanks for helping to spread the word.

  • Lorraine

    August 16, 2012 at 4:41 am | Reply

    Hi, I’m in Australia. Is it ok to put this up on the Melbourne Modern Quilt Guild page, or is postage too onerous to Australia?

    • Alissa

      August 16, 2012 at 7:24 am | Reply

      Hi Lorraine, please do! Postage isn’t an issue… Thanks!!

  • Andres

    August 16, 2012 at 10:30 am | Reply

    Hey Alissa: What a great cause! I’ll be writing a post about this on our guild’s site ASAP.

    • lycia naff

      August 16, 2012 at 10:49 am | Reply

      Just an amazing cause to give to. Whether I win bundles or not, I’m thrilled to have the chance to contribute to something that will really make a difference…Teach a man to fish…Teach a chick to sew….Same wonderful outcome that perpetuates good things into the futre!

  • Jeana

    August 16, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Reply

    Hi Alissa, I’m new to your blog (found you through this fundraiser and Elizabeth Hartman’s blog) and I just wanted to say that I think this is so fabulous! It’s amazing to see how “sacrificing” the cost of a few yards of fabric for my hobby can make such a difference in someone’s livelihood – what a great cause, I am so happy to be able to help. Thanks for organizing this!

    (also I love your quilts – very excited to pour over old blog posts when I have a bit of free time!)

  • Sophie H

    August 17, 2012 at 7:42 am | Reply

    OK, I’m in!! Thanks so much for drawing my attention to this charity, it’s ‘right up my street’.

  • Ali M

    August 17, 2012 at 10:14 am | Reply

    I wish I could afford to donate more, but I’m glad to be able to be involved at all – thanks for your hard work to raise awareness for this cause!

  • Mary Ann

    August 17, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Reply

    Done, thank you for give us this opportunity. I love giving to NGOs that are helping people become self sufficient and educate the rest of the world on how some very simple things that we take for granted totally transform lives!

  • Martha

    August 18, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Reply

    I donated at 9:45. I hope I still get enter. It was worth it anyway. I just didn’t find out about it until a few minutes ago.

    • Alissa

      August 18, 2012 at 11:04 pm | Reply

      You’re definitely in! The fundraiser continues through Sunday (at least!).

  • Maureen from Ventura

    August 19, 2012 at 9:39 am | Reply

    What a great cause! I donated too. A big shout out to all the fantastic sponsors who donated prizes.

  • lycianaff@yahoo.com

    August 20, 2012 at 10:17 am | Reply

    Are there any volunteering needs that I could help fill, here in the U.S.?
    And, any desire by the organization to do the same with inner city kids and moms here locally?
    I’d love to volunteer to do more. This cause really touches me.

  • Marta S.

    August 20, 2012 at 11:27 am | Reply

    Hi there! I just donated… I don’t know if I have to alert you of same in the comments (looks like not), but am doing it just in case! 🙂

    • Alissa

      August 20, 2012 at 11:29 am | Reply

      Thanks so much Marta! You don’t need to – I coordinate directly with Action Kivu when the winners are drawn but thanks for letting me know! And thank you for your donation – it’s so appreciated!

  • Josephine Cassidy

    August 20, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Reply

    Just found your blog via AMH’s blog – happy to donate and hope you reach your goal!

  • Valerie

    August 20, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Reply

    Oh, thank you, thank you for extending this a day. So happy to be a part of this! We’re so close to the goal!

  • Brenda

    August 20, 2012 at 8:09 pm | Reply

    Thank you for organizing such a wonderful event.

  • StephC

    October 5, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Reply

    Oh wow! I can’t believe I missed this fundraiser, and I have to say that I’m sitting here with tears rolling down my face looking at your sister’s picture. Good work, such good work. 🙂 This is a cause I really believe in, I’m so pleased to know that others in the online sewing community support Action Kivu.

    Ahh! Can I email your sister and pick her brain? stephc@3hourspast.com

    • Alissa

      October 6, 2012 at 7:26 am | Reply

      Hi Steph! Of course – I’ll email you now with her contact info!

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