12/18 Updates in green.
12/19 Updates in purple.
1/2/13 Updates in garnet
You may know that The Taunton Press, the publisher of many wonderful books and magazines, including my own, is located in beautiful Newtown, Connecticut, just down the street from Sandy Hook Elementary School. The Taunton employees were fortunate not to be directly impacted by the events of December 14. But as I write that last sentence, I know in my heart that we have all been affected, but most especially those who live, play, work, and connect in Newtown.
Anyone who has ever made or received a hand-made quilt knows what power is created when fabric, batting, and stitches combine in a quilt. And so, I'm asking you to send a hug and a prayer to the folks in Newtown.
I have said that a quilt is a reusable hug. Specifically, I'm asking for quilts. Not because of the devastating loss caused by a natural disaster, but to help heal a broken community who may just need a reusable hug right now.
I need your help. Here's what you can do.
- Go to your stash. Find a quilt that is almost done - it only needs a binding or some last quilting stitches, or maybe a border to finish it off. And finish it up.
- You'll be sending a bit of yourself along, so think kind thoughts while you make those last few stitches. Those good thoughts will translate to healing and hope for the recipient.
- Don't worry about whether the quilt is kid-friendly or themed for any one person or another. These will be distributed to folks of all ages. Quilts in all sizes will be accepted. Child and lap sized quilts are especially welcome.
- Spread the word. I realize it's horrible timing. And the turnaround seems dreadful. But I also suspect that you might have one or two quilts that are nearly complete, a few stitches and away it goes. There's nothing like a deadline to get things done. . . . am I right?
- I'm planning to deliver quilts personally on January 3, 2013 - so there isn't much time. If you are in the Syracuse, NY area, Calico Gals, Mission Rose Quiltery, and Patchwork Plus Quilt Shop have agreed to be collection points for Newtown quilts. I'll be leaving early on the 3rd, so quilts must arrive at the shops before January 2, 2013.
- If you are not in the Syracuse area, please send quilts to:
The Taunton Press
Attention: Renee Neiger
63 South Main Street, PO Box 5506
Newtown, CT 06470-5506
(Please ship quilts so they arrive at The Taunton Press no later than January 7.)
- If you want to help stuff the CRV, you can send quilts to me directly:
3795 Gray Ledge Terrace
Syracuse, NY 13215
(Quilts must arrive at this address no later than January 2 to earn travel miles on the Hummingbird Highway!)
My friends at The Taunton Press will make sure the quilts reach their new homes.
If you can't get your quilt(s) done in time for the January 3 date, don't stress! Another address will be provided very soon where quilts shipped after the 3rd may be sent. Please check back to this blog post for an address and any additional updates.
Can you help? I hope so. Nothing will replace what has been lost. But a needle and thread can do wonders to ease the soul.
I have a question . . . How many hugs fit into the back of a Honda CRV? Let's find out, shall we?
2, 2013. All quilts arriving in the Syracuse area are ready for their
journey. Many thanks to all for your beautiful work and heartfelt
messages. The car is not quite packed yet, but it's going to be pretty darn full!
I'm sure you have heard, many, many gifts of all kinds have been
arriving in Newtown since the events of December 14. The world weeps for
this New England community. Therefore storage spaces are full. As
promised (above in purple), one last deadline has been identified for this project.
finish up any quilts you have in progress and get them to Renee at
Taunton's address above by January 7. At that time, Renee will work with
a local agency to deliver quilts to Newtown families and first
responders. Any quilts received after January 7 are not likely to
stay in Newtown.
you cannot make the January 7 date, consider completing your project
and making a local donation in the name of the Newtown families.
A huge thank you (and a big hug) to the folks at The Taunton Press, especially Renee, for helping to coordinate these efforts for all of us. . . .
Questions? Send me an email.
Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! Happy New Year!