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Quilts for Cure

2017 Year End Review

Photo by Claire's Daddy

Photo by Claire's Daddy

Has the year flown by or what? I blinked and Quilts for Cure is nearly a year old!

How did Quilts for Cure spend 2017? 

  • Gained 501(c)(3) nonprofit status
  • $960+ in donations-- funds are used to make quilts, ship quilts to kids, keep this website up, and spread the word about QFC. About 85% of this year's fundraising was spent on shipping labels to send quilts to kids.
  • Over 10 quilts made from donated blocks through the #OperationSmiley Campaign
  • 22 quilts total sent to kids with cancer
  • 3 E Pluribus Unum Quilts made honoring kids who have or had cancer
  • All quilts were made from donated materials-- batting, fabric, and thread
Quilts for Cure -- Quilts for Kids with Cancer

In 2018, we hope to:

  • Raise $5000+ in donations so that we can ship quilts more quickly, connect with and bless more cancer fighting families, and invite more quilters to join our efforts
  • Make and ship 40+ quilts to kids across the United States
  • Develop a SalesForce database to make it easier to match quilts with kiddos so that we can ship quilts out right away (John, our CEO, is working on this now)
  • Make 3+ more E Pluribus Unum Quilts
  • Continue to be blessed with donated materials and donated time for making quilts
  • Launch QFC swag that will be fun to wear or carry and help raise money for our cause
Quilts for Cure -- Quilts for Kids with Cancer

Plus, we have an amazing announcement!

We have partnered with Michael Miller Fabrics for QuiltCon 2018! If you attended last year's QuiltCon in Savannah, you may have received fabric at the Michael Miller booth to make a charity block. Board Member Vicki Holloway, Friends of QFC Kristin Esser and Jen Greer, and I are currently turning all of your gorgeous blocks into 7 large throw quilts! The quilts and I will travel to QuiltCon 2018 in Pasadena, CA in February for display at the Michael Miller booth, then all 7 quilts will go to children currently in treatment for pediatric cancer. Thank you all who made blocks for this special project; thank you Vicki, Kristin, and Jen for helping me finish the quilts; and thank you Michael Miller for supporting and spreading the word about Quilts for Cure!! Additionally, we'd like to thank Hobbs for providing batting for this project and Aurifil for providing thread. This is definitely a collaborative effort!

And thank you to ALL OF YOU who have given and supported in amazing ways this year! You make Quilts for Cure possible! 

Gold forever,
HollyAnne 

Quilts for Cure

Exciting Things: QuiltCon and Quilt Donations

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Hello Everyone!

We've been busy busy as usual! As you may know, I journeyed to Savannah last weekend for the Modern Quilt Guild's annual QuiltCon. I had Saturday on the show floor, and it was a very exciting day of networking and admiring quilts. I hope that I'll have some exciting new relationships to announce to y'all in the weeks and months ahead. And, if you'd like to read more about QuiltCon in general, I wrote a summary article on my String and Story Blog that includes lots of pictures of amazing quilts.

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Speaking of relationships, I was able to connect with the folks at Aurifil at the show. Aurifil is sending thread from their headquarters in Italy to finish the #OperationSmiley quilts. I loved being able to thank Brad and Alex in person!

The Quilt Alliance is an organization who is dedicated to the documentation of quilt stories. I had brought 3 quilts with me (one #OperationSmiley quilt and two E Pluribus Unum Quilts), so I made video recordings about their significance. When the links go up, I'll be sure to share!

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The second #OperationSmiley quilt top is up on my design wall now, and we are up to a total of 150 blocks-- 7.5 quilts! We still have need of 100% cotton batting for completing some of the quilts, so if you have any connections for that, please email me at hollyanne (at) quiltsforcure.org.

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Also in the wake of all this excitement, Quilts for Cure is now accepting completed quilts for donation! We are only donating to two hospitals here in Atlanta for now, but we are working on expanding our network. Our goal is for you, dear quilter, to be able to donate to a hospital in your state or region so that you are literally blessing your neighbors. All the donation information is available on our Donate Quilts page.

ACTION ITEMS:

1) Email me if you have any leads on batting donations. Please remember that we're not a 501(c)(3) yet, so we can't work with companies that require that at this time.

2) Consider making a quilt to donate. All the information is listed on our Donate Quilts page. 

3) We need children to feature on our Friday Fighters segment. If you would like us to tell you child's story, please email john (at) quiltsforcure.org.

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Keep fighting,

HollyAnne