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#MoreThan4QAL :: Schedule and Updates

#MoreThan4QAL

Hey Everyone!

I'm so excited about all of y'all who are participating in the #MoreThan4QAL! Let's get right down to it with the schedule and updates, shall we?

FAQs

  1. When cutting the initial squares (solids in the pattern), they should be cut to 9 inches (not 9 1/2). Because we are adding fabric to the squares, we should still be able to trim them back to 9 inches in order to get a 8 1/2 inch finished block. I've corrected this in the pattern download going out after August 12th.
  2. Which brings me to: Do you need the pattern? Sign up for our Newsletter, and you'll be sent it automatically to download! Yay!
  3. Downloading the pattern does NOT obligate you to participate in the QAL, nor will I come hunting for you if you use it to make a quilt for yourself (it's a pretty nifty quilt if you ask me!). We would of course LOVE it if you joined in, though!  (However, please do not distribute the pattern to anyone-- even someone wanting to join the QAL. They can get it free by joining the Newsletter).
  4. The colors and layout in pattern are suggestions. You are welcome to take creative liberty with them! For that matter, even the pattern itself is a suggestion. If you want to be part of the #MoreThan4QAL and make a quilt for a child with cancer but you want to make 9 patches or snail trail blocks or something else instead, go for it! Our big goal here is to use what we love (quilting) to bless, encourage, and warm kids with cancer. 
  5. We request that quilts be machine quilted and machine bound for durability, but the design is up to you. If you meander, meander with love. If you McTavish, McTavish with love. If you send things to the long armer, do that with love! (get my drift?)
  6. I think that's all the FAQs, but if you still have one, leave a comment or email me at hollyanne (at) quiltsforcure (dot) com.
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SCHEDULE

I'm starting each of our weeks on a Thursday because that will give us all a couple of days to read each week's update then do a bunch of sewing over the weekend.

August 17: Finish gathering fabrics and cut fabrics

August 24: sew 1/5th of your blocks (If you are making the baby quilt, you will sew 5 blocks each week; throw = 11 plus an extra one week; twin = 18 per week. The blocks are super quick-- especially since we're cutting ahead of time)

August 31: Sew another 1/5th of your blocks

September 7: Sew another 1/5th of your blocks

September 14: Sew another 1/5th of your blocks

September 21: Sew another 1/5th of your blocks

September 28: Assemble the quilt top

October: Finish the Quilt Here, you have two options, like a "choose your own adventure."

  1. Finish the quilt yourself and donate it yourself (either to a hospital in your state-- we can help you with the donation process-- or to any kids Quilts for Cure connects with over the next two months and wants to give a quilt).
  2. Box up your quilt top plus a $25 tax-deductible donation and mail it to: Quilts For Cure PO Box 1831 Duluth, GA 30096. I will finish your quilt and donate it to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta or to a child QFC connects with in the meanwhile. You are not required to send backing, batting, or binding, but donations are always welcome.

Ta Da! Are y'all excited? I'm excited!

Mina @kindaquilty pulled some fabric today! Isn’t it fabulous?!

Remember to use #MoreThan4QAL on Instagram as you work on your quilt so that we can cheer each other on! We are taking a stand for brave children across the country, educating the people around us, and caring for these kiddos all at once! That's awesome!

Happy Sewing!

HollyAnne

PS Just learning about the #MoreThan4QAL? Read the first post HERE. 

MoreThan4QAL, Quilts for Cure

Get Involved with the #MoreThan4QAL

#MoreThan4QAL

Hello again, friends and fighters!

Some long-cooking things are coming together here at Quilts for Cure, including the conclusion of #OperationSmiley 2017 and the launch of the long-awaited #MoreThan4QAL!

#OperationSmiley Quilts

First: #OperationSmiley. I have six completed quilts here with me, two more are nearly bound in Michigan, and I'll finish the last two here in the next couple of weeks. Then, I hope to have an epic photoshoot with all ten before donating them all via our friends at CURE Childhood Cancer. All ten of these quilts are made from donated blocks, donated/ sponsored supplies, and volunteer time. THANK YOU to everyone who participated! I'll do an official wrap up post with gorgeous photos, but I can't say thank you enough times. Plus, with the addition of Leopold the Longarm, etc, I hope we'll be able to another (even bigger) #OperationSmiley next year!

More Than 4 Quilt Along

Second: Our next project is the #MoreThan4QAL! If you've been following along on Instagram, you may recognize this quilt as something I've been working on for awhile. It's finally time to get this show on the road, just in time for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September!

What: Making quilts that simultaneously protest the low funding provided for childhood cancer research (less than 4% of the National Cancer Institute's annual budget) while providing beautiful comfort and encouragement to children currently in treatment

Who: Individual and groups of quilters (hint: this would make a marvelous guild project that would take no time at all)

When: August and September 2017 (fully completed quilts are to be donated by the end of September. If you need help knowing where to donate, you can email me at hollyanne (at) quiltsforcure (dot) org. If you would like me to quilt, finish, and donate your quilt top via our UFO Disposal Service, you'll find those instructions HERE. 

How: Get the FREE pattern (with three sizes) by signing up for our Newsletter (this will also make sure you stay in the loop for this and future projects)

JOIN THE NEWSLETTER

What if I'm not a quilter? No fear! First, please also sign up for our Newsletter and share about what we are doing on social media. Second, consider donating financially to our work. Here are some examples of what donations of all amounts help pay for:

$5 - ad campaign on Facebook or Instagram

$10 - spool of high quality cotton thread

$25 - backing or batting for one quilt

$50 - box of high quality business cards or post cards

$75 - all the materials for one E Pluribus Unum Quilt

$100 - shipping for four quilts to children whose families have requested a quilt

DONATE NOW

Thank you, everyone! Let's get quilting and donating to encourage these kids to kick cancer's butt!

Go gold,

HollyAnne

PS Read the update post with the Schedule and FAQs HERE

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Quilts for Cure's UFO Disposal Service

Stack of Quilts

Hey Quilters!

What happens when you lose steam on a project? Does it get buried in a box or basket, tucked away where it languishes until your next sewing room purge? Then what? Do you stare at it for awhile, unable to move forward with it but unable to (gasp) throw it in the bin? As a solution, I'd like to introduce Quilts for Cure's UFO Disposal Service!

If you listen to American Patchwork and Quilting's Talk Show with Pat Sloan, then you know that one of the segments this week was on this very topic-- Unfinished Objects. Now that she has inspired you to clean out those baskets, we want to enable you to let go of some of those UFO's that are holding you back. Whether you've only completed 12 blocks out of 25, or your skills have improved leaving a quilt top behind with messy points and wonky seam, or your tastes have simply changed, we want your quilt tops! For a small donation, we will finish the tops and donate the completed quilt to one of the 40,000 US kids currently in treatment for pediatric cancer.

What: Quilt tops (no blocks, please-- sew them together into a top) of at least 24x36 inches

Why: To lighten your load of UFOs and to wrap a child who is fighting for his or her life in a quilt of love and comfort

How much money? : A minimum donation of $25 per quilt top is requested. You can either tuck a check into your box when you mail the top or you can donate online here and put a note in the comment box about how many quilt tops you will be sending. All donations are tax deductible.

Where do I send it? : Address your box/polymailer to: Quilts for Cure PO Box 1831 Duluth, GA 30096

What about batting,  backing, and binding? : While you do not have to send anything but your quilt top, we are also happy to accept donations of batting (at least 80% cotton), backing/binding fabric (100% cotton), and thread (Aurifil 50wt or Superior Threads 50wt, cotton or poly). They can be sent to the same address above.

Be sure to follow @QuiltsForCure on Facebook and Instagram and to subscribe to our Newsletter so that you can see all of these once-abandoned projects come back to life to encourage and warm cancer-fighting kiddos!

Happy Quilting,

HollyAnne

PS Be sure to share about QFC's UFO Disposal Service with your quilty friends, guild, local quilt shop, etc!!

PPS If you're new to Quilts for Cure, here are some facts you should know: 16,000 children are diagnosed with cancer in the US each year (that's 42 today, and at least one while you are reading this). About 40,000 children in the US are in treatment for cancer at any given time. Less that 4% of the National Cancer Institute's annual budget goes toward researching pediatric cancer, even though some cancers, like DIPG have a 0% survival rate. Quilts for Cure exists to provide these kids with quilts now to encourage them as they fight, to educate quilters about pediatric cancer, and to raise money so these kids can have a future through better research, better treatments, and, ultimately, a cure.