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!
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!
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!
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 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)!
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.
I’d designed this one in Illustrator a couple of weeks ago. It was very quick to sew up once I got started.
The only step that’s a bit more difficult is squaring up the bias piecing.
But I put the finished piecing up on my design wall, mark where I want to cut and then I cut away. Admittedly it would be really hard to do on a quilt that’s too big for my design wall. This 60″ x 75″ large throw pushed the limits!
I can’t wait to quilt this one – the quilting is going to add so much to it.
One another note – check back here Monday because I’ll be launching my 4th Annual Action Kivu fundraiser! Can’t wait to see you then.
The fundraiser is to raise money for LeyoMyoSarcoma research, a rare cancer (you can read about it here) that Heather was recently diagnosed with. Heather is a do-er and an incredibly strong person, so she’s tackled treatment head on and is now working to raise money for research for this cancer.
A group of us made Heather a quilt when we learned of her cancer. If you know her at all, you know she’s a huge fan of all things cat related. We instantly knew that a Cat Quilt was in order. But a MODERN Cat Quilt?? Eek. I’ll admit the challenge was scary to me! All I had to deliver was one block though so I dove in and came up with this:
And here is Heather with the quilt all finished up!
Can you spare a few dollars for her fundraiser? If so, please give!
I was lucky enough to teach up at A quilters Affair and then go to the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. Elizabeth and I also spoke at the Save it for Sunday event. The whole thing was great. I love Los Angeles, but I grew up in a town of 2000 people so it’s always really, really nice for me to spend time in a small town. Sisters, Oregon is so beautiful!
It’s the type of place where you’re teaching and you look up to see this!
My students sewed up tons of great work…
The show was fantastic and I had a couple of quilts hanging in the teachers’ tent.
And there were a few of my quilts hanging in the Save it for Sunday show.
It was such an amazing venue. The trees and wildflowers…
It was just so, so lovely.
I was so lucky to spend the week there. It was a truly wonderful time filled with teaching, quilting and friends!