Quilt Aid Press Release (260)

QuiltaidUSA™– helping the world, one quilt at a time

12 designers join with 6 shops to bring you a wonderful choice of quilts to make with the added benefit of supporting a charity!

QuiltaidUSA, a charity quilting project launches on the 1st of November online worldwide. Women from around the world can make a difference simply by participating and doing what they love – quilting.

Twelve of our favourite quilt and stitchery designers have donated their time and a block design to the project and six of our most respected stores will be selling them in their online stores so that everyone can participate. 

Participants can visit www.quiltaidusa.com to begin the purchase of their 12 block kits and then choose their favourite finishing kit. A significant portion of profits from the designer, the store and the fabric sold in each kit will be donated to the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia through The Fistula Foundation in the USA and the Hamlin Fistula® Relief and Aid Fund in Australia. 

After two successful Quiltaid Australia programmes in 2009 and 2010 Administrator Helen Stubbings of Hugs ‘n Kisses and Pattern Press Australia expanded the project to provide for avid stitchers and quilters of America in 2010. With twelve prominent Australian Designers and wonderful support from Moda Fabrics and Presencia Threads the second US based program will launch in November. Designers include Helen Stubbings of Hugs ‘n Kisses, Lynette Anderson,  Natalie Lymer of Cinderberry Stitches, Bronwyn Hayes of Red Brolly, Natalie Bird of The Birdhouse, Liz Stanway of Teddlywinks, Janet Rowe of Wildcraft Farm, Catherine Baynes of WillowValley Store, Natalie Ross of Natalie Ross in Stitches, Gail Pan, Janelle Wind and Brenda Ryan of Thimblestitch.

The blocks are designed using combinations of piecing, appliqué and stitchery and all use the Ruby fabric range by Bonnie and Camille from Moda. Each of the participating stores which include Rossville Quilts, Happiness is… Quilting, The Material Girls, Homestead Hearth, Cabbage Rose Quilting and Pastimes Online in Canada have designed a different finished quilt to place your blocks into.

About the Charity: The Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital was founded by Dr Catherine Hamlin AC and her late husband, Dr Reg Hamlin OBE, and is dedicated to the treatment and care of women who suffer horrendous childbirth injuries, known as obstetric fistula.

Obstetric fistula is caused by prolonged obstructed labour when a woman will spend days in labour without any medical help or pain relief. If she survives this ordeal she will give birth to a still born child and her internal injuries will cause her to be incontinent of urine and sometimes bowel contents as well.

She will spend the rest of her life a destitute outcast unless she can get to the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital or one of its outreach centres.

The surgical technique developed by the Hamlin’s successfully cures 93% of obstetric fistula cases. The Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital has established a purpose–built village called Desta Mender (“Village of Joy”) to provide long term care for women whose childbirth injuries are so severe that they cannot return to live a normal Ethiopian village life. At Desta Mender the women are trained in new skills so that eventually they can re–enter Ethiopian society as “citizens of the world” once again.

The Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital is committed to the UN Millennium Development Goals and particularly those directed towards improving maternal health, reducing infant mortality and empowering women. It has established the Hamlin College of Midwives to train young Ethiopian women as midwives to work in the Ethiopian countryside amongst women who presently have little or no access to medical help during their pregnancy and labour. The mission of the Hamlin College of Midwives is to have a midwife in every Ethiopian village.

The Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital relies entirely on donations from overseas to fund its vital work of improving maternal health, reducing infant mortality and empowering women. 

Quiltaid has thus far raised and donated approximately $20,000 to the Addis Ababa Fistula hospital through the various programmes.

About the Company: Pattern Press is a Publisher and Distributor of quality patterns and books to the quilting and soft craft industry worldwide. Featuring many of Australia’s top designers they strive to offer a complete service to their customers and continually work to encourage and promote craft and quilting as a therapy for women and men. The passion of owner Helen Stubbings is to inspire stitchers to make a difference through their craft and to give to those who are not fortunate enough to be able to also stitch with beautiful fabrics and thread as we are.

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Quilt Aid Project (259)

Sew some of you are wondering now, which Block of the Months am I going to pick!! Well, like I say to all who’ve asked, the one(s) that are most Popular of course:) While I’m still debating those, and the new ideas I’m receiving from you all the time…I’ve committed to this fun project about giving back by making a quilt – a snowball effect per se.

Helen from Pattern Press (the wonderful designer of such patterns as Life is Beautiful) has contacted me about joing this exclusive club called Quilt Aid USA and being one of the 18 shoppes from around the world in this years project called Wonder and Whimsy using a Moda line of fabrics called Ruby – totally adorable.

Sew I’m one of the 6 shoppes in my region (USA), there’s shoppes also located in Europe, Australia and USA – isn’t this interesting. It’s a global effort from all of these shoppes along with Moda USA to GIVE BACK! Each meter of fabric sold – there’s a donation made, each pattern sold for each block there’s a donation made, each finishing kit sold there’s a donation made…sound like something you’d like to be part of, me too? Last year they raised approx $20,000 dollars for a hospital in Australia – isn’t that amazing!  This project has been going on since 2006 and getting better and better each year. Does it matter where the money goes or just that it goes to people in NEED, right?

So it will be a 12 block project, 6 stores (in each region) will each be selling 2 blocks.

My blocks will be from Lynette Anderson – her and I are like BFFs when it comes to block of the months clubs through Pastimes Online so what a perfect fit for me. This charming block consisting of Toad Stools, her signature bird with heart an Elfs as well as a quilt hanging on the line…oh sew Lynette!

My next block will be from a new designer (to me) Natalie Bird I just love her style already…who wouldn’t want to create this adorable block with an elephant and mice – history tells us they should be BFF’s just because of their sheer size difference LOL – and the perfect English Paper Piecing hexies around the border, the 3 blind mice and a flower offering just puts the icing on the cake for this block wouldn’t you say? 

I’ll be doing step by step video podcasts of the blocks as I construct my top and have this be visible for the entire world to see not just the participants involved. I’ll also (with help from my team here) be putting together an amazing finishing kit for all 12 blocks and whatever I feel the extras need to be to make this quilt top SHiNE!!

Sew, would this be something you’d be interested in participating in with me and a whole group of quilters and shoppes from ALL over the world? Who would want to miss this? This project will commence in November and run until the kits are sold-out and the finishing kits are all gone too…you can purchase all your blocks at the same time, so no waiting month to month – how does that sound, pretty good I think:)

Here’s some information from the 2010 Patchwork Party / Quilt Aid project that’ll give you some good details about what this is all about as well as this excellent video.


Sew, for those of you who are interested, please send me an email letting me know you’d like to be notified when these blocks are ready to purchase and to join this amazing Global Quilt Project and I’ll add you to the growing list of participants!  Until next time, keep the block of the month ideas coming, the comments coming and send me pictures of your projects for our Show off your Stuff blogs, I love seeing these pics.  

Stay happy and creative,