Happy New Year, Quilts for Cure Rockstars!
First and foremost, THANK YOU to all you amazing quilters and donors who have given of your time, money, skills, and supplies this year. We are blessed to work with amazing companies like Aurifil thread, Michael Miller Fabrics, and Hobbs batting, but the day to day action comes from YOU.
2018 started and ended strong for Quilts for Cure, but we had a bit of a messy middle. We made 9 quilts with Micheal Miller Fabrics for QuiltCon 2018, collected blocks last February to make 30+ Operation Smiley Quilts (about 1/3 of which have been finished, and another third are with quilters now), and provided about 35 quilts (updated) to children across the country this year. Most of that quilt-giving happened right after QuiltCon and again at the end of the year. Our newest recipient was Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Aflac Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders who excitedly took a dozen quilts right before Christmas to distribute to their kiddos for the holiday.
We doubled our fundraising this year for a total of $1917 USD raised. Like last year, this money was used for two main goals: marketing (website, business cards) and shipping quilts / quilt kits.
The reason more of last year’s specific goals didn’t come to fruition was simple: lack of infrastructure. As of tonight, our Salesforce platform is nearly built, and it will enable us to stay exceptionally well organized in 2019 to make sure that requests— both for quilts and to make quilts— are tracked in a timely, efficient way. This platform will be complete by the end of the week so we are set up for success in 2019.
In 2019, my hopes for Quilts for Cure are simple:
Make more quilts (50+)
Raise the money needed to make and ship those quilts (about $5000)
Encourage kids with cancer, and their families, through the first two goals
Thank you for being part of this work with us. Please continue to support Quilts for Cure through your financial and quilty giving!
HollyAnne (And the QFC board)