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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.

Elizabeth’s visit

We had a great time here in LA with Elizabeth‘s visit!

Elizabeth's visit to the LAMQG

She taught workshops…

Elizabeth's visit to the LAMQG

I made a big G and a lil’ g using her patchwork applique method. I’ll be turning these into a quilt for my husband (Gavin) and son (Gabe). See?? Big G and lil’ g!

Elizabeth's visit to the LAMQG

And she spoke to the LAMQG. Elizabeth and her work as such an inspiration. I might add that she’s been a friend of mine for years, yet this was our first time meeting in person. It was wonderful and we loved having her!!

The start

I’m getting going on a new quilt. It’s a commission so there’s a deadline and with the state of my sewing mojo these days, I need one! It’s been hard for me to get back into the habit of spending time in the sewing room…

Anyhow – on to the quilt! Using Illustrator has increasingly become a part of my process for my quilt designing… I’m always open to a quilt transforming along the way (and it often does) but I’ve gotten so that I want to see an idea of the big picture before I get started. If I’m writing a pattern, it’s a given that I have to work this way, but even if I’m improv. piecing the whole quilt, I want to have a sense of where I’m headed.


I’m going to improv. piece the columns here, and I won’t keep the height of each piece uniform. The end product will look quite different from the digital mock up, but this helps me with the overall color story and with where I’ll want to place the different pops of color.

I’ve pulled some fabrics. That new Kona orange, Flame, is so great. Definitely a needed addition to the Kona line up!

Commissions stack

I need more blues though. I’ll pick those up at my great local shop this weekend…

And it’s bound to be a fun weekend down here for the LAMQG! Elizabeth from Oh Fransson is coming to teach and speak. We’re so excited to have her!

Finally got the quilt top finished up! This whole being a parent thing sure is a time suck. But I’m loving and savoring every minute while he’s a tiny lil’ guy… And we lucked out – he’s very easy going and eating and sleeping like a champ.


I love the Monsterz line for a baby quilt and think this design features it nicely. I’m going to use a lot of it on the back too…


In other news – on the parenting front I’ve learned one thing for sure: people love to give your baby shoes. It’s so cute I had to take a photo.


My sister put it best… “Your kid is like freakin’ Imelda Marcos!”

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!