Action Kivu – 4th annual fundraiser

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Are you ready? It’s time again for the annual Action Kivu fundraiser, organized by Alissa. If you’ve been reading for a while, you may remember this fundraiser from years past, but if not, here’s a brief description of the fundraiser from Alissa’s blog –

Action Kivu is a nonprofit that helps women who are victims of the conflict in Eastern Congo by teaching them to sew at a sewing workshop. Action Kivu also pays for children to go to school and supports other programs for women that provide them ways to support themselves and their families.

The conflict in Congo has taken the lives of over 5.4 million people since 1998. Rape is used as a weapon of war, with estimates putting the number of rapes in the hundreds of thousands. These are horrible statistics but together, year after year now, we have made a difference for some specific women and children. You can read more about their efforts here.


This years goal is $20,000 and together I know we can meet it! Every little bit counts, so hopefully you’ll consider a donation to this wonderful cause. As an added incentive, by donating you can be entered to win a number of wonderful prizes (take a look at them here). Click here to go to Alissa’s post to make a donation!

**As an added (added) incentive, I’m adding a little extra giveaway. Donate at least $25 and then comment on this post to be entered to win a selection of out of print Heather Ross fabrics (pieces from her Mendocino, Lightning Bugs and/or West Hill lines). I don’t have a photo for you now as I’m away from home, but I promise it’ll be good! Let’s see how much we can raise for the women and children of the Congo! (I’ll select a winner once the fundraiser ends)

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We have a winner! has selected comment #3, Leila! Expect an email from me shortly!

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jam on!


Hey look! I have a little something sewn to show you today! Let me quickly assure you that this is certainly nothing I whipped up recently – I had been working on these blocks before Hazel was born and they’d been residing on my design wall for a while.


A while back I made up a couple mini quilts using a couple pieces of the great heart print from Umbrella Prints. I ended up liking them so much that I snagged a few more of their trimmings packs so I could make a few more. I was pleased to find many more pieces of the heart print in a variety of colors so I set about putting together stacks of Cotton Couture solids to pair with each heart print (Max even got in on the fabric-picking action!).


As each mini was completed, I stuck them up on the design wall and soon there was a nice collection. Even though they were intended to be mini quilts, the more I looked at them, the more I wanted to sew them all together to make one large throw. I took a quick survey on Instagram – “mini quilts or jam them together?” and it seems most were in agreement (maybe just humoring me?) that jamming them together was the way to go. As I write this now, I wonder why I didn’t just use the word ‘sew’, rather than ‘jam’, but funnily enough, my IG friends were down with the word, commenting “jam it!”, “jam ’em”, “jam on” or just “jam” and so now I can’t look at this quilt top without thinking of some form of the word jam. But anyway…


Despite the fact that these colors were selected for individual quilts, I’m really loving the way they all look together (jammed!) in one quilt top. And good news – I snagged myself a heart print bundle from the Umbrella Prints shop so there are plenty more hearts left for other mini quilts, should the mood strike!


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one month


I loved taking Max’s monthly photos on quilts, and hope to do the same for Hazel. This time around I thought it would also be fun to try to get one of Max and Hazel together as well, though that will likely require a bit of bribery! (As it is, whenever Max sees a quilt on the floor and the camera in my hand he’s all smiles thinking a lollipop is in his future.)


Anyway, this first month? A bit of a challenge! It’s definitely been a big change going from one to two. Hazel is wonderful when happy, but right around week 3 became increasingly fussy, which has been hard for all of us. I’m holding out hope that things will turn around soon!

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