Hands 2 Help 2018

Hands 2 Help is a very popular on-line quilting event hosted by Sarah of Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  This event was first held in 2011 and seems to grow in popularity each year.  The “rules of the game” are simple.  Make a quilt and donate it.  Sarah always rounds up several worthy organizations who love receiving handmade quilts.  The quilter is also free to choose to donate to an organization close to her heart.  I participated in 2016 but not 2017.  This year I signed up again.  My plan was to donate the Postage Plus quilt I made for the Modern Plus Quilt blog hop a few months back.  One thing after another has gotten in the way of any attempt I made to get the quilt top finished up.  At this point, it is clearly apparent it won’t be done by the end of the week (when the event concludes.). This doesn’t mean I can’t finish it and donate it still, it just means I need another way to fulfill this particular commitment.

I thought about it and decided to donate two baby quilts I made last year.  Both of these were made as samples for fabric I carried in my shop.  I think they are adorable and will be loved by a child somewhere. Rather than send them both out of the area, I want to donate one to Little Lambs in Utah and the other to my local chapter of Project Linus.

This is the quilt I will send to Little Lambs Foundation.  It was made with a panel from a fabric line called Shine.

If you want to read more about this project, click here.  I think this one is really sweet. I had a lot of fun quilting it and used it as a display in my booth at several quilt shows. The fabric is so sweet with the cats and owls, sunshine and clouds.

The second quilt will be donated to Project Linus, Featuring bold colors in black, white and rainbow, the quilt was made with a panel from Sweet Tweets.

For more details on this quilt, click here. This line was really fun and sold out incredibly fast.  While I had it, I used the quilt as a sample in my booth.  I think the birds and critters are so much fun for children of any age.  It is a bright, cheerful quilt. This fabric is, unfortunately, not printed any longer or I would still stock it.  I just love it.

It is such a challenge to get everything done that one wants to.  I can’t kick myself for not finishing things as I had planned.  It is a constant battle fto figure out the best way to stay organized and do as much as I can.  The Postage Plus quilt will get finished and it will also go off to a good cause, just not this week!  Thank you Sarah for your wonderful work organizing this huge event.  I know it takes so much of your time and you reach many people as a result. You are such a generous soul.  There are so many gorgeous quilts being donated this year.  If you want to see some, click here and be inspired!

Linking to Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

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16 thoughts on “Hands 2 Help 2018

  1. Louise

    I love panel quilts! These are both so cute, Bernie. Your two chosen charities will really appreciate your generosity, and two little persons will snuggle under these darling quilts 🙂

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Thanks Louise. There are some really cute panels out there and it is fun to play with them. I am amazed at the creations made for Hands 2 Help and am headed over to the link up to see what people have made!

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  2. Wendy

    Two wonderful quilts, Bernie. I’m sure they will make someone very happy. I agree with you on the challenge to get everything done. I always thought of myself as a fairly organized person, but lately I think that talent has left the building. Haha! But I keep working away at it, and some day I’ll find a new groove.
    Next year, I might even get myself organized enough to participate in H2H. Thanks for sharing, and donating those lovely quilts!

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Oh my gosh, then you totally get it. I cannot believe how quickly the time flies by. Plus now that my shop is starting to gain momentum and grow (which is the goal, right?) there is less time for sewing. Ah well, if this is the extent of our problems, we certainly have nothing to complain about!! Have a nice day Wendy!

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    1. Bernie Post author

      For sure Yvonne! I am anxious to hear the total number of quilts made/donated for this event once Sarah tallies it up. I also love that she comes up with a variety of organizations to support so the quilter can choose what is meaningful to him/her and support it.

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  3. Mari

    This is a great use for those quilts, Bernie. Sure to be appreciated and loved. I’m also sad that they didn’t reprint that Kim Schaeffer fabric. It’s so bright and happy. As for having enough time to do everything, I think the problem is the 24-hour day. We need to find a way to stretch the days by a few more hours each! For me right now, whichever deadline is most pressing is the one that gets the most attention.

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Hmmm, that would be nice to add a few hours to the day. I have so much I want to do today so I made a list and will just start at the top and work my way through! I never can understand how the fabric companies decide which fabrics they will reprint and which they won’t. It is a puzzle to me. I guess it is better to ‘leave people wanting more’.

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  4. JanineMarie

    These are such sweet quilts, Bernie! You have a real way with panels. It is fun to see them again and to know they are going to bring joy to some kids needing some special hugs.

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