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7th Annual Action Kivu Fundraiser


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!


$10 Donation:

Carolyn's patterns

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

$15 Donation:


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

line $25 Donation:
My Echino
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.

$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.

$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.

line$55 Donation:

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.
$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.
line$100 Donation:
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.

line $125 Donation:
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.
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!

Shimmer blog tour

Today it’s my stop on the Shimmer by Jennifer Sampou for Robert Kaufman Fabrics blog tour! What’s that you say? A blog tour for a fabric line? That’s right!

You all know that I’m not one to use many prints, but I’m always up for the challenge. So when Jennifer Sampou reached out to me about being a part of the tour I said sure!


This line is filled with metallics so it’s very appropriately named! I love the additional interest that the shine gives to the fabrics. I decided to dive in and sew up a quick pillow with them!


First I narrowed down the fabrics to my favs and of course threw in a lot of my beloved solids…



Some piecing and chopping lead me to some triangles. I love to work like this, with no plan in mind and just letting the fabric lead me where it does…

After messing around quite a bit with the options, I decided the orange-y red was wrong and some teal blue was right! I settled on a nice graphic line of the triangles, off set in the blue background.


A ton of straight line quilting later, and the pillow is all finished up!


Look at that Shimmer shimmer!

Do you want to win a charm pack of this fabric line? Just leave me a comment here and I’ll pick a winner on Friday the 11th.

The giveaway is now closed and I have emailed the winner!

And you can also follow along with the rest of the blog tour:

April 1 – Robert Kaufman/Jennifer Sampou
April 2 – Janice Ryan – Better off Thread
April 3 – Me! Today!
April 4 – Julie Herman- JayBird Quilts
April 5 – Natalie Barnes- Beyond the Reef
April 6 – Stash Books
April 7 – Amanda Jean Nyberg- Crazy Mom Quilts
April 8 – Lee Heinrich- Freshly Pieced
April 9 – Cheryl Arkinson- Naptime Quilter
April 10 – Christina Cameli- A Few Scraps
April 11 – Elizabeth Hartman- Oh Fransson!
April 12 – Faith Jones-Fresh Lemon Quilts
April 13 – Gemma Jackson- Pretty Bobbins
April 14 – Katie Blakesley- Swim Bike Quilt
April 15 – Amy Smart – Diary of a Quilter
April 16 – Laura Nownes, Jennifer Rounds, Pati Fried, Darra Williamson – See How We Sew
April 17 – Holly DeGroot- Bijou Lovely
April 18 – Jennifer Sampou – Wrap Up
April 21 – Jennifer Sampou- Announce Winner of Giveaway FQ Pack of entire Shimmer Collection.

Quilt Improv blog tour

Today is my stop on the blog tour for Quilt Improv by Lu Summers. Thanks for stopping by!


What a great book… To start with it’s beautiful. The photography is bright and vivid with amazing out door locations. It makes you eager to dig into your stash and start sewing. But this book is more than a pretty face!

It is all about improvisational piecing, which is what made me fall hard for quilting back when I started. I think that all quilters, beginner or experienced, should try it. It opens your eyes to how free and fun quilting can be. Quilt Improv really embraces that concept of the freedom of improv piecing, but it is arranged so that the reader can learn specific blocks and techniques. This gives a great frame work in which to tackle improv piecing, making it approachable and fun.


First, the book teaches a series of blocks. They are all so colorful and bright, often sewn up with Lu’s amazing fabrics. There’s so much movement, life, and energy in her wonderful piecing!


Then, the book features a quilt for each block learned.


When looking through the book, I instantly fell for the quilt that features the improv string block. All those solids call my name of course!


Following Lu’s thorough instructions I quickly sewed up the parts for a string block.


After arranging them a few different ways, I decided to make a change from the diamond and arrange them in this sort of broken stripe arrangement.


Since the whole point of improv is to add your own spin, I figure that’s ok! This wonderful book really inspires and promotes creativity and exploration.

Who would like to win a copy?!? F & W Media is kind enough to be giving one so leave a comment here and I’ll be picking a winner next Friday. And be sure to check out the rest of the blog tour!