Friday, April 29, 2016

Sharing Kindness -- A Charitable Opportunity and a Giveaway

"Kindness has a beautiful way of reaching down into a weary heart and making it shine like the rising sun..."

 (my contribution to the Kindness Quilt project)

 Can you...
 sew, knit, crochet,
paint, quilt, embroidery,
stitch work?
(if not, don't worry--
I have a special plan for those of you
who don't have any 
of the above skills!!)

 A little story...
One of my friends on Instagram started a project
to bring cheer to a friend who was recovering from surgery.
She created a beautiful quilt from bits and pieces 
that were donated from her friends on Instagram.
I became involved in the project 
and donated a quilt block that I knitted and embellished.
My little quilt block traveled all the way to Australia
to become a part of what my friend called 
"The Kindness Quilt Project".  

 with the exception of the first photo
(my own contribution to the project)
all the photos shown here
belong to my amazingly talented friend, Deb...
who graciously allowed me to use
photos of her wonderful project
for this post.
you can find Deb on Instagram..
her page is
"Raspberry Treats"
to see all the photos of Deb's
amazing project
and meet all the generous ladies who contributed...
search #kindnessquilt
on Instagram 
Continuing my story...
...after the quilt was finished and delivered
to Deb's sweet friend...
those of us who were involved in this project
formed our own little group within the Instagram
we call ourselves the 
"Kindness Quilt Group"
those of you who have IG accounts
can search #kindnessquilt
to see an assortment of photos
 from our first project

With Deb's quilt now completed,
we have decided to begin
a new project for our group.
You are all invited  
to participate
in the latest
Kindness Quilt Project...

Some details for the project..
1. you may donate a quilt block
of any size--
no larger that a 6 inch square

2.  you may knit, crochet, quilt,sew...
your square using any
yarn or fabric of your choice.

3. your square may be embellished 
in any manner that you wish...
embroidery, beaded accents,
quilted embellishments,
embroidery work,
or painted with washable paints.

4. In fact--
you may make your square
and embellish it in any manner you wish.
details continued below...

5. your quilt square donations
may also be totally not embellished..
they may be left plain without
anything on them...

6. you may donate as many squares
as you wish to this project...

details continued...

7.  for those of you who do not wish to make 
a quilt square...
you may donate items
of any sort that can be used
to embellish the squares
that are left plain.

8. you may donate buttons,
floral embellishments,
crochet flowers, granny squares, hearts,
lace, .....
you may donate any item that can be added
to the squares to 
further embellish the quilt.

9.  these donated items
may be purchased or handmade--
this is totally your choice..

details continued...

10. Your generously donated squares
will be sewn onto a backing fabric by me 
and I'll use your donated items
to embellish the squares as needed...

11.  this project will run for
a full year--
until April 1, 2017.
you will have ample time
to make generous donations 
to this amazing project.

12.  this project is open 
to anyone and everyone..
wherever you live,
If your heart is generous...
you are invited to share your talents
or to share a bit of embellishment...

 You may mail your donations
as often as you wish...
the donations may be mailed to..
The Kindness Quilt Project 
150 Pine Ridge Drive,
Grayson, Ky

Updates will be shared regularly
here on my blog..
I will share your donated squares,
and any embellishments that are also donated.
If your name is included
with your donation,
I will list the names of everyone who
donates to this project...
Photos of the quilt in progress
will also be shared from time to time...
Those of you who have Instagram accounts
may follow me there for updates as well. 
All photos of donated items
will be shared regularly on my IG page
You may search the photos
using the hashtag

Once the quilt is completed...
the ladies in my 
"Kindness Quilt" group will prayerfully
choose someone who is needful
of a little love and kindness...
someone who needs to be surrounded
by the loving arms
of those who so generously donated
to this project...
the quilt will be gifted
to someone
in need...

And of course...
I have gifts to share with you!
...because I already know
that you are going to be amazing
and will pour your hearts into
this wonderful project...

three beautiful, sparkly,
Vera Bradley totebags will be given away
next April 1, 2017.  
everyone who sends in a donation
will be entered to win 
one of these tote bags.
(the flowers aren't included...)
every quilt square that is donated,
is an entry...
(If you send in 3 quilt squares,
you will be entered 3 times.)  
A small assortment of embellishments
will also count as an entry.
If you send in a large assortment,
you will be entered 
in several times.
(you will just have to trust me to make it fair)
I promise that I will!

I'm thinking that the quilts will be lap size..
about 50x50 inches...
should there be enough donations
to make more than one quilt...
I will reach out to you all
and ask for your suggestions
as to the recipient of the second quilt...
I hope that you will set about this prayerfully,
knowing that your efforts
will bring comfort and joy to
someone who is desperately
in need...

If you have any questions about
this project,
you may email me at any time... 

So many of you have written
to me asking about a future
charitable project...
my prayers are that this opportunity will
touch your hearts
and that each of you will want
to give a little bit of yourself so that
someone... a stranger in need...
 can be touched by 


I'm going to take a little blog break -- I will be back in early to mid June.  I wanted to use this time to leave this post up so that it will have a chance to be seen by more of you.  While I am always available by email, there may be some lag time the first 3 weeks in May regarding my availability to return your emails.  So please be patient if I have not responded in my usual manner-- it may take a few days or so...xoxo


Magpie's Mumblings said...

Count me in Vicki! I would love to contribute to this, so will put my thinking cap on and see what I can come up with. Bless you!!

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Dear Vicki, I have no doubt you will be able to make many quilts with all the donations you will receive. The first quilt made by the group is absolutely gorgeous. It's so inspiring to see the creativity of others -- with fabric and yarn and embroidery. I absolutely adore the mix of all those bits. So very pretty. Wishing you a wonderful break.

Kim said...

Oh what a wonderful initiative, Vicki. I love, love, love how all the other bits and pieces have been magically transformed into something beautiful. Love the combination of embroidery, applique, knitted and crochet pretties. I would love to contribute to this charitable and fun initiative. What a kind and lovely heart you have.

Karen B. said...

Oh Vicki,
this is an amazing project, I absolutly love it! Now I just have to make my mind up what I am going to make. I can't wait to start!
Many hugs and much love,
Karen B. ~ Todolwen

Sue Kosec said...

Two words: YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Passing this along to my quilting/embroidering/sewing friend.

Annmarie said...

Wow - I think you're going to be making many, many quilts! What a great project. Thanks for letting us participate.

Mosaic Magpie said...

Once again thinking of others. Sounds like a fun project that many will want to take part in.

Dorthe said...

Dear Vicki, this is a wonderful project, so lovingly thought and someone feeling bad,- will really feel loved, and maybe being able to smile for long, thinking and feeling the quilt coming together from this lovely idea.
You are as always the woman with the most loving heart , I know!!!
This time you will also hear from me, my dear friend !
I hope your time off from your blog, is because of good things Vicki.
Hugs from Dorthe

Terry said...

Oh, Vicki! I love this! I am definitely in! One of my daughters is an avid crocheter now, and I will ask her if she would like to donate a square too. She does beautiful work. I will pray for guidance in designing and creating my donation(s). Thank you for once again being an inspiration of abundant kindness.

With love and gratitude,

Tanya said...

Count me in! And you KNOW, you will end up with more than one quilt's worth, due to the generosity of your lovely followers!!! Happy Saturday - XOXO

Janice Phelps Williams said...

Vicki, this sounds like such a beautiful, heart-felt project. I will feel lucky to have the chance to contribute, and I will! So many have reached out to me when I needed a boost, that I know how much it can mean.

I am new to IG, but will go connect with you there now.

You are an amazing woman and so is your friend Deb!

gigi knits said...

Can't wait to get started !!
What a beautiful idea. I'm sure you will have enough squares to make many quilts! ��

Eugenia Maru said...

Me encantaría participar. No tengo muchas habilidades, pero trataré de hacer algo lindo para ese edredón lleno de amor.
Un beso

kathyinozarks said...

Count me in too-I love the way this quilt was put together sewing and knitted pieces--those of us that do not knit could felt down a sweater and cut up blocks that way too

Tami Von Zalez said...

I have posted your project on blog - link to that post

Have an enjoyable summer!

Tami Von Zalez said...

I shared your project on my blog with this post.

Enjoy your time off!

Monica Baker said...

Love this! I would love to donate to this :) You are so wonderful Vicki Hugs! Monica B

Marlynne said...

What a lovely project! Am already thinking of possibilities for quilt blocks to send! Hope to get to it soon! Blessings

Anne's Attic - Design said...

Thank you Vicki for the opportunity to serve someone in need. I take any chance that I can do to nurture others. I will send you as many as I possibly can. The drawing is a sweet thing to do but I don't need anything in order to serve. You are an amazing lady. Have a lovely week. xx Jo

Anne's Attic - Design said...

Hi Vicki, so sorry to bother you again but I got so excited about your quilt that I thought I would do a post on this to get more blocks made. I would like your permission to put a link to your post on my blog post this friday. Thank you, Jo

Cache-Mire said...

Oh Vicki, you have again created such a lovely opportunity to do good! I can't wait to see the response and think you will be very busy completing this project! I'm in!! Hugs, Terri

Ariadne said...

Could it be a cross stitch piece?I don't really knit or crochet.AriadnefromGreece!

Createology said...

Vicki Dear you and your generous heart are speaking directly to me with your newest Kindness Quilt Project. I shall be very happy to participate. I have always been so grateful to you and your many charity endeavors. To be able to be a tiny bit of help is so very rewarding. Thank you precious soul.

Halinka said...

Wicki, piękna, urocza narzuta!!! Wiele fantazji trzeba użyć do jej zrobienia...podziwiam!!! Gorąco pozdrawiam

Lulu said...

This is sooooooooooo awesome..I knit for charity, its my passion..This is a great thing you are doing to help someone in need..
God bless,

Unknown said...

I am in. Working on mine now. Thanks Vicki for another project to work with you.

DreamChallenge said...

Every time I read this post I thank God for putting you in my life way back in Salt Lake City. Bless you.

Villa-loredana said...

If is still time to be included, please tell me the date since the project is going on. Loredana.

Sandies' Patch said...

Bless you for all your hard work!
Hopefully i will be able to 'rope-in' my Sis to donate something too! xxx

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Vicki, I can't imagine how I've missed this post and yes, would love to participate! I'll get started immediately, albeit late...hmmm.

Tanya said...

I am SO sorry I missed this, dear friend. Hospitals and weddings have taken a toll on me this year, with more to come, late next month (plus another wedding this weekend, back in Denver). SO tired (my health is fine, so don't worry...dealing with major issues with my husband, but nothing we can't handle). If I can get to some of these before April next year, I will definitely be sending something along for your wonderful project! You are incredible! XOXOXO