Julie from Having Fun Quilting has been busy since I last posted about her project to put a quilt into the arms of every family who has lost a home to the summer wildfires! She created a new site to help her in this mammoth venture. If you are a quilter, or have quilting supplies, or if you would like to make a cash donation, please see the press release below, or visit the new website. Thanks to those of you who have already generously contributed!
Press Release from Phoenix Quilts
July 12, 2012
"We aren't trying to replace people's bedding . . . we'll let the insurance companies do that. All we want to do is bring someone a little bit of comfort during such a tragic and difficult time in their lives. We feel that a quilt can do that almost better than anything else."
That's what I tell people when they ask me why I'm doing this. That's why I want to put a home-made quilt into the arms of over 800 families who have lost their home to the terrible wildfires that their home just happened to be in the way of . . . simply to bring them a little bit of comfort. I feel that as these people are trying to rebuild their lives from the ashes that was once their home, a quilt is a great place to start!
What started as a desire to give a quilt to some friends who lost their home to a wildfire, has grown into a determination to reach out to people throughout the Western United States and show them there are a LOT of people in this crazy ol' world who care!
Obviously, though, there is NO WAY I could sew that many quilts myself. So I put the challenge out there to my quilting friends. Through my quilt blog http://HavingFunQuilting.blogspot.com and our other blog http://PhoenixQuilts.blogspot.com, I have had HUNDREDS of quilters, quilt stores, fabric companies, batting companies, and many others, join me in this cause without any hesitation! Completed quilts, finished quilt tops, beautiful quilt blocks and fabric to make quilts with, and even monetary donations, are shipped or delivered to us daily! The generosity of these men and women all over the world completely and totally AMAZES me! This is the most unselfish group of people I have ever been associated with, and I love them all for what they're doing! Will you please join us in helping those who have lost everything???
The Phoenix bird, as you may remember, rose again from the ashes of his nest after it was burned by fire. I know these people who have lost their home to a fire will be able to rise again, as well. That's why we are using the name "Phoenix Quilts . . . Rising from the Ashes."