Sarah from Confessions of a Fabric Addict is the driving force behind this amazing challenge. Every year Sarah has a small group of charities that she requests quilts be sent to along with a great list of their websites where you can check to see what their quilt requirements are. 2020 represents the tenth year of the Hands2Help Comfort Quilt Challenge!
2011: 47 quilters made 60 quilts
2012: 55 quilters made 94 quilts
2013: 65 quilters made 127 quilts
2014: 70 quilters made 145 quilts
2015: 67 quilters made 147 quilts
2016: 104 quilters made 194 quilts
2017: 125 quilters made 267 quilts
2018: 150 quilters made 416 quilts
2019: 200 quilters made 876 quilts!
With last year’s quilts, comfort has been spread to almost 2400 people!
I had committed to doing a/some quilts for the challenge and then Covid 19 happened. I had contacted Sarah to see if she would have a Canadian Charity to allow those of us in Canada to participate. Sarah put me in touch with Linda Miller who does quilts for Victoria’s Quilts Canada. They provide quilts for cancer patients and have branches in every province in Canada.
When donating quilt tops (yes they accept just tops to make shipping affordable) they do ask that you also donate an extra 12 1/2” block and the binding for the quilt. They have a wonderful group who assemble, quilt and bind the quilts. Batting and backings are either donated or purchased from donated funds. They use the extra block to make a presentation bag for the quilt.
The sizes they accept are:
- adult: approximately 50” x 70”
- youth: approximately 40” x 60”
- child: approximately 30” x 50”
If you wish to participate in Sarah’s Challenge here is some information that is helpful.
There will also be check-in dates like last year, when you can link up and show your progress…. April 26th and May 17th
I have completed the following quilts for donation:
These are in the mail, along with an extra 12 1/2” block to make a presentation bag and the binding to Victoria’s Quilts Canada. I also sent a pile of orphan blocks to Linda Miller, who is collecting tops for Victoria’s Quilts and does charity sewing for a ministry.
This has been a fun challenge to get my mind off the Covid 19 epidemic. I enjoyed designing new quilts for this project and challenging myself to do another traditional quilt.
I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone has done for charity during this lockdown and would like to thank you for stopping by to read my post.