There are many ways to give -- your time, your money or your talent. My time is limited, most of my money is spent on fabric, so that leaves me with giving of my talent. I have donated quilts over the past few years to silent auctions that have raised money for families in our community. The most recent was in October for a young man who is a senior at the high school that my children graduated from. He was diagnosed with leukemia this summer and a group of parents put together a fundraiser/silent auction at the high school to help raise money for his medical expenses. I donated this quilt which is quick and really, really easy to make plus packs a modern punch. I used fabric from my stash, mixed them up and put it together without much fuss.
These are the care instructions that I include with each quilt:
"Use it, love it, machine wash and dry it, and then repeat."
I am always hesitant about putting myself out there and giving away something that I've made; I don't feel that the quality is up to par. However, each time I offer a quilt to a group, it is greatly appreciated, admired and auctioned off for a little more than the value I give it. Also, it's a good feeling that my little hobby/obsession can help out a family in need. So next time you hear about a group looking for silent auction donations, reach out and donate a quilt. Everyone loves a quilt and you'll feel pretty good about doing it!
The "Patchwork Chevron" pattern can be found in the Moda Bakeshop, and is by Jeni of In Color Order.