A quilting project for families in Middle Tennessee who lost their homes to flooding
RAINBOW UPDATE: 10-20-2010
We've spent our second day of sewing together today- and it was a wonderful time! We have several quilt tops ready to send out for long-arm quilting now! There is still plenty of work to do to finish all of these beautiful quilts so stay tuned here for updates on our next sewing day. We also had a news crew visit us while we were in the midst of today's work, so enjoy to clip below!
A gigantic thank you to all of you who have sent us blocks (see your name below!) and have joined our sewing circle days to assemble them. We are overwhelmed with the love and the talent that exists out there in the patchwork world, and we cannot say thank you enough! We are still getting some straggling blocks in the mail and we will do our best to include them. Please accept our apology if your name is somehow not included here, we've tried our darnedest to to decipher many thoughtful, usually handwritten, notes that accompanied the blocks! There are still a few names to add, so check back.
(Music credit: "folding chair" by Regina Spektor sold here)
Not everyone can be on the front lines of an effort like flood cleanup and rebuilding, but we believe that there is always a way to help. So many families lost their homes, cars, and all their belongings during the floods of May 2010 in Middle Tennessee. As they begin their rebuilding process, we hope to combine the efforts of generous quilters nationwide in order to make as many quilts as possible to distribute to families who are in need of new items for their homes. It is a simple mission, but its one that we hope will be far reaching and one that will give homemade comfort to as many people as possible.
Rainbow MakersThank you to the following individuals, shops, businesses and groups who have already pledged their time, materials, services or sewing:
HOBBS Bonded Fibers
Pieces of Rana's Life
Charity Quilts: Marie Dixon, Dorothy Saunder & Pat Gobbel
Julie Stilla |
Jaye A. H. Lapachet
Mary Lynn Demacopoulos
Julie Zauone Stiller
Mari van Veldhuizen
The Modern Marigold
Prym Consumer USA
Scrappy Quilters of Calhoun
1910 House Quilt Shop
Holly Underwood & Ruth Bergman
Laquita Joy Hiemer
New Orleans Modern Quilt Guild
Mary Ann Scanlon Molly
Mary Kay Werth
Kennewick Baptist Church
Betty Palmer & Ron Laurentius
Kate & Eric Basti
Keri Tegtmeier Kathleen Taylor Scott Molly Stoddart molly Callie Works Leary
Two Thimbles Quilt Shop
Pat Lucas & Sydney Garreson
Alison Cojocar Kathleen Hogue
How You Can Still Help:
If you're a (semi)local Nashvillian:
Two of our sewing days have come and gone, but we are working to schedule another soon- hopefully mid November. If you're local we can use your help finishing up this wonderful project. We have may quilts in progress and could still use the services of more generous long arm quilters! Please contact us to let us know about your willingness to help and for further details: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you just want to help but don't sew:
At the request of several (mostly good-hearted non-sewing individuals!), we've also created a Paypal account that can receive monetary donations in any amount to help us offset some of the costs, such as shipping and materials, that will arise out of running this project. You can make a donation with your Paypal account or credit card by clicking the DONATE button below and thank you so much for doing so. Any funds raised above the Rainbow Around the Block project needs will be donated to an organization to help feed hungry families in Middle Tennessee.
Resources & Contact
*For any inquiries, suggestions, or if you'd like to send us info about a family that you know is in need please send an email to email@example.com
*Please click on this pdf link to download a Rainbow Around the Block info sheet. Feel free to print these out and distribute to quilters in your area or drop off at your local quilt shop.
*Please visit and join the Rainbow Around the Block flickr group to post pictures of blocks that you've made, view other quilt blocks, post questions, start discussions about the project and more!
*We sat down as a family here at the Horner House to get the kids involved with designing blocks (more about it on my blog) and I'm turning some of the kids designs into block templates for you to use. Click on the following links to download instructions:
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