Thursday, July 12, 2012

I Am So Humbled

What a whirlwind couple of weeks it's been!!!  And it's not slowing down (which is GREAT)!!!  =D  I've been going through such a roller coaster of emotions!  The generosity of so many people has brought me to tears many times as I see the beautiful quilts, quilt tops, pieced quilt blocks, and fabric you are sending to Phoenix Quilts, along with your kind words.  :`)  You'll never know how many lives you will bring comfort to because of your sacrifices.  I wish I knew how to say in words what I'm feeling so strongly in my heart!  All I can say is, "Thank You so, so much!  I appreciate you and everything you're doing!"  =D

Here's a few things that I haven't posted about yet from the last couple of weeks (You're gonna love this!) . . .

I got to meet one of my quilting idols, Melissa Corry, from Happy Quilting!  She donated 8 beautiful quilts!  She's as awesome in person as she is on her blog!  :o)



Then I met Marion in Payson.  She contacted me and told me she had 21 quilts to donate that she had gathered from various friends . . . When I got there she gave me 47 quilts!!!  Totally AMAZING!!!



I started receiving quilts in the mail July 3rd.  We have now received 127 completed quilts, 60 quilt tops, and 218 beautiful blocks and fabric to make quilts with!  Unbelievable!  =D

On July 5 and 6, I went to St. George to a "quilt-a-thon" at My Lazy Daisy.  They donated the fabric and batting and we were able to complete 27 quilts!



We made "rag" quilts (at least that's what I call them).  For each block the fabric is 10" square and the batting inside is 8" square.  For a lap-sized quilt we made it 6x6 blocks.  For a baby-sized quilt we did 4x4 blocks.  We just sewed an X through the "block sandwich" (top, batting, back) and then joined the blocks together, wrong sides together.  We snipped the seams, then washed and dried the quilts.  No quilting or sewing bindings on!  Simple and done!  =D  Click on the "Quilt Stores" tab above to see how your quilt shop, bee, guild, church group, or neighborhood friends, can organize something similar!  Here's a closer look at some of the quilts we made:




Then Dana Brooks, one of the co-owners of My Lazy Daisy, brought out several quilts from her own "stash" that she had previously made and quilted!


I wish you could see in person all of these quilts I'm receiving every day!  I am so impressed and amazed with all of the time and talent you are all putting into each quilt you are donating!

Yesterday I picked up 10 more quilts from Marion in Payson and 15 quilts from my cousin, Jen Stemmons.  AWESOME!!!  =D

If you want to see a "Quilt Show" click on the "2012 Donations" tab above and see some of the fabulous quilts being sent in!  I'm not done taking pictures of all of the quilts, so check back often to see what people are doing!

If you would like to help us spread the word, click on the "Press Release" tab.  It has an article you can use on your blog, send to your quilt guild, local newspaper, radio station, put in your church bulletin, or have your city put it in their newsletter!  I really appreciate you bloggers writing about Phoenix Quilts on your blog and using our button!  People that have lost their homes to these awful wildfires need our help to bring them a little bit of comfort during this tragic time in their lives.

Thank you for all you're doing!!!

Hugs!

16 comments:

  1. This is so amazing! How wonderful that you are getting so many donations. FABULOUS! It sounds to me like you could use an assistant, you sound so busy.

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    1. I'm not getting these comments in my e-mail for some reason so I didn't see this 'til now! Sorry! It is SUPER SWEET that we're getting as many donations as we're getting! I can't keep up with entering things into the database, taking pictures, responding to and sending e-mails . . . you're right, I do need an assistant! You're hired!!! :o) You already have helped by finding contacts and making calls for me! I don't even know you yet and here I am bossing you around! Thanks for everything you're doing!!! Hugs!

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  3. This is wonderful news Julie. Quilters are generous people. Keep us updated.

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    1. Thanks, Janine! I am amazed by all the generosity of so many people! So awesome!!! :o)

      Hugs!

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  4. I don't have a quilt to donate but I will send you some blocks , I have six RWB blocks I made for the blog hop and I will gladly send those along if they are of any value to you , please let me know and also give me an address to send them to . Lesley told me of your need . Best of luck to you . Sheila in Nova Scotia.

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    1. I sent you an e-mail, Sheila, with all the information! Thank you for being willing to help us!!! :o) Hugs!!!

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  5. Julie, you are incredible. I am so honored to be a part of this endeavor. I'll be slipping my quilt into the mail pronto. Thank you so very much for your efforts. ~karen

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    1. Thanks, Karen! You guys donating the quilts are the incredible ones! I can't believe how generous everyone is!!! So AWESOME!!! :o)

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  6. This is just so amazing and inspiring! I am awestruck by the number of quilts...how wonderful that a quilter has the opportunity to make a little difference...pat yourself on the back...you rock for getting us involved!

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    1. Thanks, Lesley, but like I said before, you guys rock! I'm just grateful so many are getting involved! Every bit helps so much and will mean the world to those families who receive these quilts!

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  7. congrats on your quilts. You do rock.(and hubby too)I know Heavenly Father will continue to bless this great effort.
    One thing ..When this all said and done what about all those who risked so much to help ... Our heroic Fire fighters.. Sounds like were going to need more quilts

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    1. Thanks! I have thought about the firefighters . . . I'm not exactly sure how to do that one yet because they work on so many different fires. We took our firefighters dozens and dozens of cookies and treats to their base camp. We also set up posters around town that they could see as they drove by, thanking them for all they're doing! I'll have to think about this idea for a bit . . .

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  8. I live in Manti and have a long-arm quilting machine. If you need help quilting some of the quilts, I would be happy to help you. My # is 835-2483

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