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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Giving! How can we do less!

I am so saddened by the disaster in Japan. I don't know how anyone could not be. I need to do something. At this point in time money seems to be the best answer, so they can spend it where it is needed the most. Ricky Timms and Alex Anderson have joined forces to help quilters give to a reliable organization, Red Cross Disaster Relief. Here is the link

You will also be entered in a chance to win a retreat with Ricky or a Quilt by Alex. Bonus!

I was watching a show the other day that mentioned how help is needed far into the future after a disaster such as the one in Louisiana, Haiti, Christchurch or Japan. Many communities get forgotten once the funds run out and the media moves on to the next story. So maybe it would be good to make an annual donation, put it on your calendar so you don't forget.

I finished up my Hearts for Christchurch and sent them off in the mail. I also made a second altoid tin purse for a friend. Still working on finding a better way to make these, so I may need to make a third.

I took an embellishing class last Saturday that was a lot of fun. Played with glitter which I have never used before on a quilt. We used a special glue pen and just applied along the thread line, than lightly applied some very fine glitter.

Very fun. This is the teacher's (Mary Nordeng) stitching sample, she had one ready for each person taking the class. We also added some beads and foil, and played with paintsticks. All in all a fun class. Now I need to finish it for the next Minnesota contemporary Quilts meeting. They have started throwing out mini challenges each month. This month is illumination and I think my glittery piece looks like it would fit.

Have a creative day

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