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This weekend the generosity of this community REALLY shined through and so many people and helped out!! We finished the fundraiser last night at midnight having raised an AMAZING

$16,378!

THANK YOU to each and every one of you who showed your support by donating!! Winners of the prizes will be notified via email in the next day or so. Please know that Action Kivu is able to keep running and women are able to learn to sew and support themselves because of YOU! We make a HUGE impact with this fundraiser – thank you, thank you, thank you!!

While the fundraiser is now over (see you next year!) Action Kivu can always use your support.

Thank you again!

Action Kivu Fundraiser

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THE ACTION KIVU FUNDRAISER IS NOW OVER BUT ACTION KIVU ALWAYS NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT!

Today is the first FINAL day of the fundraiser, held here on my blog, through this week. The fundraiser will end, and the giveaways will close, on Sunday the 24th of August at 11:59 pm, Pacific time.

For those of you who are new to my blog, here’s what it all comes down to: there are lots of great giveaways involved and together we do a lot of good!

Can you all believe that we’ve been doing this for FIVE YEARS?  Our amazing online sewing community is so, so generous. Let’s get that generosity focused again this year, work together 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 are horrible statistics but together, year after year now, we have made a real difference for specific women and children. Here are the stories of just a few. Every year there are more women entering Action Kivu’s programs and more children going to school. We are having a lasting impact on these women and children, so let’s keep helping!

One of the wonderful things that Action Kivu helps finance is a sewing workshop that teaches women to sew. When these women graduate from the workshop, they are given a sewing machine and therefore the means to support themselves and their families.

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These women’s lives and families have been transformed by this workshop and it is these dollars, that we raise here, that have helped make that happen.  Our online sewing community is linked to these women, and we can help more of them. Please give today!

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.

This year we’re also going to focus on spreading the word about the fundraiser via social media more!

Let’s get these hashtags busy: #akfundraiser #sewing #congo #actionkivu

If you follow me on Instagram, I will be posting all week there as well. Please feel free to use and repost/share any of the fundraiser images that I post there. Let’s really get the word out as much as we can 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.

So let’s get to the giveaways!

$15 Donation:

SchoolofSewing Give just $15 and be entered to win the not yet released new book School of Sewing by Shea Henderson. If you win it, you’ll get this book a month before it’s out to the public! You’ll also win the latest Empty Bobbin Sewing Studio pattern! Shea was so kind to donate this prize to the fundraiser!


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$20 Donation:                                                                                                                                                    

Pillow Give $20 and be entered to win a custom version of this pillow, made by me! You’ll tell me the colors of your choice, and I’ll make it for you and ship it straight to your home where it will look fantastic on your couch!


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$22 Donation:

dear-stella-zig-zag-20-fat-quarters Give $22 and be entered to win twenty beautiful Dear Stella Zig Zig fat quarters! Everyone needs this addition to their stash. This fantastic bundle was generously donated by Andres Rosales.


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$25 Donation:                                                                                                                                                              SMSbooksGive $25 and be entered to win all six of these fantastic kids’ sewing books! Sew, Mama, Sew! was kind enough to give these to the fundraiser.

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$30 Donation:                                                                                                                                                             &Card

Sew Modern donated a fantastic prize for you fabric lovers! Give $30 and you could win this wonderful fat quarter pack of Cotton & Steel AND a $50 gift certificate to Sew Modern!

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$33 Donation:

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Give $33 (yes, there are so many prizes we need to use amounts like $33!) and be entered to win a colorful Aurifil thread pack! Generously donated by Aurifil.


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$35 Donation:                                                                                                                                                             IMG_2628

Give $35 to win this amazing prize package donated by the wonderful Denyse Schmidt! A big ol’ scrap pack, a jelly roll of Ansonia, a charm pack of Hadley, four patterns, and a stationary set. This is one fantastic addition to your Denyse Schmidt stash! C’mon… I know you have one!

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$45 Donation:                                                                                                                                                              Action Kivu Auction Prize

Give $45 to win two of Elizabeth Hartman‘s fantastic patterns, Aviatrix Medallion and Fancy Fox, and a big ol’ beautiful Kona Cotton fat quarter pack! All graciously donated by Elizabeth.

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$50 Donation:                                                                                                                                                              AMH

The always delightful Anna Maria Horner has donated an amazing prize! A $100 gift card to anything in her shop!! Fabric, patterns, gorgeous embroidery goods, kits, ribbon…the list of what you can snatch up is long! Give just $50 to be entered to win this wonderful prize.

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$55 Donation:                                                                                                                                                             Liberty 10 Yard Bundle

TEN YARDS of Liberty of London fabric!! This prize would retail for over $300 and you can win it if you give just $55!! What a steal AND you’re giving to a great cause! This prize was kindly donated by Massdrop.

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$60 Donation:                                                                                                                                                             
PillowsGive $60 and you’ll be entered to win a pair of custom pillows that I will make for you! You’ll let me know what colors would look the best in your lovely living room, (you can see a bunch I’ve made here) I’ll sew them up and then send them your way!

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$75 Donation:                                                                                                                                                             140-Janome-MY-Style

For the second year in a row, Janome has been so generous and has donated a sewing machine to the fundraiser! Give $75 and it could be yours! Been thinking that you need a sewing machine in your life? I agree, you definitely DO and this could be the machine! (Or maybe you need another machine??) Give just $75 and you will be in the running to win this fantastic Janome MyStyle 100 machine! And all for a great cause!

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$100 Donation:                                                                                                                                                              Supernova by Jacquie Gering
The wonderful Jacquie Gering of Tallgrass Prairie Studio has donated this beautiful quilt, called Radiate, to the fundraiser! If you give $100 or more, you’ll be entered to win this gorgeous 55″ x 55″ lap quilt.

 

 

Once again, 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!!

This year together we raised $11357.50 for Action Kivu!! Thank you so much to everyone who supported the fundraiser! We didn’t get to our goal (the numbers are eye opening about the state of blog reading.) but this is money that Action Kivu needs to keep running and we’ve made that happen!! So THANK YOU!

While the fundraiser is now over, Action Kivu always needs your help. You can give on their website.

I’ll be drawing the winners today and emailing them directly. Thanks again for everyone’s support!!

Here it is! The very last day of the Action Kivu Fundraiser! Oh and what’s that?!? You’ve been meaning to give but you haven’t yet? Now is the time!

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You could win great prizes if you give! Also, please tweet, Facebook or generally spread the word in any way you can today! Let’s raise as much as we can for this great organization!! Women and children in Eastern Congo need our help.Please give $10 if you can, or $500 if you can! Thank you!

Action Kivu Fundraiser

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The Action Kivu Fundraiser is now over but Action Kivu ALWAYS needs your help. Please give on their website!

And like that, another year has come and gone and it’s time for the 4th annual Action Kivu fundraiser! Today is the FINAL first day of the fundraiser, held here on my blog, through this week. The fundraiser will end, and the giveaways will close, on Monday the 19th of August at 11:59 pm, Pacific time.

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

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If you read 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 and supports other programs for women that provide them ways to support themselves and their families. 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, year after year now, we have made a difference for some specific women and children. Here we are, year four of this fundraiser and the conflict in Eastern Congo is still happening. But that’s all the more reason for us to really do all we can this year. Please give all that you can!

Another way you can help is to please tweet, post on Facebook & Instagram or blog about the fundraiser – help us get the word out!

Part of what’s great about this fundraiser is that we know exactly where this money goes. Action Kivu is run by my twin sister and a good friend. They have been to Congo and have met many of the specific women and children who are helped by this fundraiser. The more money we raise, the more we help!

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Last year we raised an amazing $17,500! This year 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! This online sewing world is so giving! Let’s pool that generous nature that is in all of us and make a real difference in the lives of some women and children who sincerely need our help. Please give today!

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.

Ok – let’s get to the prizes!

Added Prize on Wednesday the 14th!
If you give $25 or more, please comment over on the Sew, Mama, Sew blog and you’ll be entered to win a $25 gift certificate to their book shop!

Added Prize on Thursday the 15th!
If you give any amount please comment over at Jacquie’s blog and you’ll be entered to win a copy of her great book!
 
Added Prizes on Friday the 16th!
Give $25 or more and be sure to comment over on Ashley’s blog and to be entered to win a selection of out of print Heather Ross fabrics (pieces from her Mendocino, Lightning Bugs and/or West Hill lines)!

Give any amount and head over to Craftbuds to be entered to win 10 fat quarter set of Riley Blake Chevrons, and Olfa Ergonomic Rotary Cutter and Coats & Clark Dual Duty thread!

$15 Donation:

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Donate $15 and be entered to win three quilting books! My two books, Block Party and Modern Minimal and a great collaborative book I’m proud to be in called We Love Color.


 

$17.50 Donation:

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This prize was also just added on Friday the 16th, Donate $17.50 and be entered to win three sewing books! Zakka Style, I Love Patchwork and Whip Up Mini Quilts. All generously given to the fundraiser by Anquinetta V. Calhoun.


 

$20 Donation:

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Donate $20 and you could win this 5 half meter bundle of amazing Echino fabrics! Andres picked it up at Superbuzzy and was kind enough to donate it to the fundraiser.


 

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Sew Modern was generous enough to donate a beautiful Robert Kaufman Kona fat quarter bundle and a $25 give certificate to their shop. Donate just $30 and you will be entered to win them both!

 

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Denyse Schmidt Quilts gave a big fat quarter bundle of her brand new line, Florence, and a copy of her new pattern, Between the Lines! Want a chance to get your hands on this fabric? You can do just that by donating $40 to Action Kivu!

 

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Anna Maria Horner has put together the most beautiful emboidery and fabric bundle! Patterns, her gorgeous embroidery thread, and fat quarters of Hand Drawn Garden are all included. Give a $55 donation and you could win this amazing prize!

 

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And guess what?? This year you can win a sewing machine! Janome has generously given a machine to the fundraiser. Need a new machine for a beginner? Or with this crowd, maybe it’s that you need a second smaller traveling machine? Give just $75 and you will be in the running to win this fantastic Janome MyStyle 100 machine! And all for a great cause!

 

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And finally – Elizabeth Hartman was generous enough to donate a gorgeous finished quilt! Need a new beautiful throw for your couch? Donate $100 and you could win this handmade one of a kind quilt made by the oh so talented Elizabeth Hartman. You can see more photos of the finished quilt here.


 
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.