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Action Kivu Fundrasier wrap up

Just a quick post to say thank you all so so much for your support of the fundraiser! Together we raised an amazing $17,570 for Action Kivu. What an incredible thing!


That much money makes a real and lasting impact so thank you, thank you, thank you! Together we’ve really made a difference for some women and children.

All of the winners of the prizes will be contacted within two days.

Action Kivu needs help year round so please think of them and you can learn much more about them on their website.

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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.

See you on Monday!

It’s that time again… Time for the 3rd Annual Action Kivu Fundraiser!!


Loads of great prizes this time around! That’s not even all of ’em…

See you back here on Monday when the fundraiser launches.

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Ok so seriously – you are all the best!! I’m getting emotional over here thinking about all of the small (and some very large!) bits of generosity that we combined into the huge effort of reaching our goal and then some! Together we raised an amazing


We are going to make a real concrete difference for some women and children who who we are helping. The money we’ve raised here will go a long way. It will pay for the sewing workshop graduation kits for 43 women. They have learned the skills and now they will have the sewing machines and supplies they need to make a living. These are women who would not be able to do this without the money that we raised here together. Our money will also pay for the sewing workshop to continue running for a new group of women to learn. Additionally, our money will pay for children to go to school, altering their futures immeasurably. Together we have made the lives of some women and children a bit better.


It’s often unbearable to imagine the pain and suffering these victims of the conflict in eastern Congo have lived through – but know that we’ve helped some of them to begin rebuilding their lives. All while sitting in front of our computers. Pretty amazing, isn’t it?

So thank you. Thank you a million times over! Thank you to those who gave money, to those who gave prizes and to those who helped to spread the word that this fundraiser was happening. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

A big congrats to the winners of the prizes. We’re sending emails to everyone one who won today, so keep an eye out for that! And everyone else, your donation is tax deductible so we’ll be sending you a letter within the next couple of weeks.

I know that for some of you the needs of these women and children and the work that Action Kivu does really struck a chord. If you’re wondering what more you could do, you could set up a monthly donation, (no matter how small!) or you could organize a bake sale or your guild could make a charity quilt to raise funds. I can easily connect anyone who’s interested directly with Action Kivu and they would be thrilled to work with you. Know that the needs of Congolese women and children are huge and Action Kivu is always in need of more donations. You can also keep up with Action Kivu by liking them on Facebook or following them on Twitter.

And we’ll be here again next year doing it all over again! Again, thank you all so much!

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The giveaways for this fundraiser are now closed but Action Kivu always needs donations. Thank you!

Here it is! Year two of the Action Kivu Fundraiser! Today is the first final day of this fundraiser that will be happening right here on my blog throughout this week. The fundraiser and giveaways are open through midnight (PST) on Monday the 15th.

There are amazing prizes to be had so please learn about this worthy cause and keep reading!

If you were were reading along last year (can you believe it’s been an entire year?!?)  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.  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.  This is truly difficult stuff to think about but together we can really make a difference for some specific women who need our help.

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By learning to be seamstresses these women can then support themselves and their families. Action Kivu also pays to send  Congolese children to school.  You can read a lot about them on their web site.

Last year we raised an amazing $10,000 over the course of a week and this year we’re upping the goal!!

Together, we can raise $15,000 for this amazing organization and the women and children it benefits.

That’s just 300 of you giving $50. That’s realistic, right??  Please give and help us reach our goal!  See that thermometer on my side bar? (click through if you’re seeing this in a reader) This week we are going to make it move up and and up and up and we need YOU to help us do that!

As a sewing community we are so giving, generous and lucky to have each other and the amazing support we provide for one another. Let’s spread that net of support wider and help these women and children.  Together we can make a real difference.  Please give!

Now  – getting down to business!! The giveaways!! In order to be entered to win a prize, 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 check out all of the prizes that were donated by so many wonderfully giving people.

Added 8/11 – every one who wins a prize will also get one Anna Maria Horner pattern of your choice!

$10 Donation:                                                                                                                                                    


Every dollar counts so give just $10 and be in the running to win these two yards of incredibly hard to find fabrics. One yard of Erin Michael’s paint by number birds in blue and one yard of her paint by number deer in blue!

$15 Donation:                                                                                                                              

Block Party
Give $15 and you could a signed copy of Block Party! Five copies are up for grabs so give now and you could be one of the five winners of the book.

$20 Donation:                                                                                                                                                      


Give $20 and you could win both Modern Log Cabin, kindly donated by author Susan Beal, and Block Party! Both books will be signed and Susan even is throwing in a quilt block kit! All of this could be yours for just a $20 donation!

$25 Donation


Give $25 and you will be entered to win a fat quarter pack of the entire line of Happy Mochi Yum Yum by Monica Solorio-Snow donated by Sew Modern! That’s 30 fat quarters of this wonderful new fabric line.


$40 Donation:                                                                                                                                                   

Sugar Creek 2

A fat quarter pack of the not yet in stores Sugar Creek line by Denyse Schmidt!! A huge thanks to Denyse Schmidt Quilts for their kindness in donating this bundle! Can you believe that you might be lucky enough to get your hands on some of this fabric before anyone else does? Give $40 and this bundle could be yours!

$60 Donation:                                                                                                                                                     .

165 Solids

165 Fat Eighths of mostly Kona Cottons, but also Quilters Linen and Free Spirit Designer Solids!! Generously donated by Elizabeth Hartman of Oh, Fransson!  We’re talkin’ over 20 yards of  fabric here!  Give $60 now and start daydreaming about the quilts you will be sewing up with this fabric if it becomes yours!


$75 Donation:                                                                                                                                              


43 different fat eighths of Flea Market Fancy! Donate now to win this incredibly sought after and hard to find fabric line. Donated by Jacquie Gering of Tallgrass Prairie Studio. Thanks to Ashley Newcomb of Film In the Fridge for her contribution to this bundle!  A donation of $75 and this fabric could be yours!

$85 Donation:                                                                                                                                                $85 and this gorgeous baby quilt that was generously donated by Anna Maria Horner could be coming home to you, straight from Anna Maria’s studio! Some details:
100% cotton patchwork quilt with hand quilting throughout using pearl cotton
Inner batting made of cotton/bamboo blend
finished dimensions: 39″ X 48 1/2″ (perfect for a crib)

$100 Donation:                                                                                                                                                       
HeatherRossBundleAnd finally… 13 yards plus loads of scraps of Heather Ross fabric! There are full yard cuts all the way down to little scraps! There’s fabric from multiple lines from West Hill to Far Far Away. There’s Munki Munki scraps, VW Buses, Gnomes, Goldfish… it’s all here.  Please check out this flickr folder to see detailed photos and a list of what’s in this bundle. Give $100 now and not only will you be helping so much, you also could become the owner of this huge Heather Ross bundle!

And please help to spread the word about this fundraiser! Tell your friends, post it on Facebook and Twitter or blog about it – let’s all join together and really make a difference!

More details you might want to know:

I got involved with Action Kivu because my twin sister, Cate, works with them. Action Kivu provides some of the eastern Congo’s victims of violence with the opportunity to rebuild their lives on a foundation of hope, dignity, and economic self-sustenance. Their approach is spearheaded through two programs. First, they run a sewing workshop that teaches women who are victims of the conflict to sew. Secondly, they pay for children to go to school which is not free in Congo.

Action Kivu is run in eastern Congo by a Congolese man, Amani Matabaro  (you can meet him if you watch the video on the Action Kivu web site), who Cate knows personally and who is amazingly passionate and committed to his cause of helping women and children in his country. As an orphan who lost his parents in the conflict, he was driven to try to do something to help.  We will not be throwing this money into the wind, not knowing where it’s going.

Additionally, here in the US, Action Kivu is 100% run by volunteers.   Every dollar we raise here, aside from banking fees, will go directly to Action Kivu and these woman and children in need.  If you’d like, you can learn more about the conflict in Eastern Congo here.

Any other questions at all?  Just drop me an email or comment and I will happily get you an answer!