During March, the time of Lent, it is a time to give something up and also to think of others in their struggles. For me, in my own personal life, there are two amazing women who do a lot of work to support very sick children.
As I've written in some previous blog posts about donating quilts, here are some quilts that I've finished over the past 12 months and they have not found homes, so I'm donating them to the Very Snuggly Quilts program, which supports long term or terminally ill children at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne.
Squared Away - Green
Squared Away - Purple
Little Big Stars
Orange and Green 9 Patch
And for my beautiful friend E, who runs a Royal Children's Hospital fund-raiser each year since her daughter died, I have donated:
Red and White Checkerboard
* As a side note, I took the two quilts (above) to a professional appraisal/valuation, so that their true value can be put onto the silent auction form. A very interesting experience, if a bit nerve-wracking! You leave your quilts and then pick them up a few hours later. It's all in their hands and you really have no idea until you read the valuation certificate after collection. And... my nerves were all for naught - the valuations surprised me and the ladies who are the "officials" of the day were wonderful. A process I shall certainly take part in again.
And..., one more donation to the Lions Club of Quilters for their bushfire victims collection, I am donating "Cobblestones and Bricks", which was my very first quilt that I made a pattern for. It now has a chance to go to a good home and be loved now that the pattern has been retired. A good "manly" quilt this one to be sure.
With donating quilts and being asked to take part in a donations program, you know there is always someone out there who will receive a good quilt hug.