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Quilting for Peace Campaign

Welcome to the Quilting for Peace Campaign. We've started this campaign to celebrate the publication of the STC Craft book Quilting for Peace and to spread the word about how much good quilters can do around the world when they join together to show they care. We've pulled together a lot of information about joining an existing quilt group, starting a new one, and publicizing your efforts in our Quilting for Peace Campaign Kit. We've also created the widget at left, which we hope you'll post on your own website or blog to let others know that you support this effort. All you need to do is copy and paste the code below.

Finally, please leave a comment below for a chance to win a copy of Quilting for Peace for yourself! Let us know what you’re up to; whether you're part of a large, national  program or quietly quilting for someone in need in your community, we definitely want to hear about it. And if you haven’t started quilting for peace yet but are tempted, tell us what issues make you want to quilt for peace and where you hope to begin.

Contest ends Friday, Dec. 11, 2009. One winner will be chosen at random. Check to see if you’re the winner on Monday, Dec. 14th!

Thank you and best wishes!

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thanks for starting the campaign! i've been making quilts for Quilts of Valor since last winter and am addicted. my hubby is active duty, so the cause is near and dear to me. i've also got a box full of handmade blankets and soft toys for Newborns in Need that is ready to ship off.

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

I quilt for babies, and since I'm a mom, babies are those 18 years and younger. My goal for 2010 is to gather members of my church and make 25 quilts for our local domestic violence shelter for women and children. They have 25 beds for children. Babies don't ask to be born and children don't ask to be in violent situations. A little bit of soft quilted love goes a long way.
I quilt for babies. I quilt for children. I quilt for peace.

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

I love quilting for charity.. I started my quilting life with a group called passage quilts, making quilts for the actively dying and their families. At one point I was quilting 16 quilts a month. At another, I was making 6 tops a month. I am so grateful to them for teaching me to quilt.
Now I go once a week to teach quilting to women who are in a mandatory drug recovery program in my city.

Because the Portland area has some of the worst unemployment in the nation, and it only gets worse in the winter as seasonal labor gets laid off, I wanted to do something for kids at or below the poverty level. In the last couple of weeks I just started a program to finish and gather quilts, I hope to warm every local baby that needs it this winter.
Give a Kid a Quilt.blogspot.com

I love that you are calling this quilting for peace. Makes so much sense.

October 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterrachel

I am an Army wife who makes quilts for military children who have lost their fathers in Iraq or Afghanastan. I make the quilts from the men's military uniforms. These children will still be able to be cradled in their fathers arms long after he is gone, the quilts help both the widows and children still have a tiny piece of a man who is so very important to their lives. I call these quilts Hero Quilts.

October 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertia

Hi,
We started a group called Nashoba Quilters in Westford, MA. to create a historically relevant gift for the town and to fundraise for Habitat for Humanity. They credit us with 14 thousand dollars toward their first green build. The quilt just won 3rd place in the large traditional catagory in the Lowell International Quilt Festival. We sold what I call "real estate" on the quilt. You would buy a "building lot" or block for your group to sponser a historical building. It features churches, a museum, community center, and an "in memory of" sun and much more. The surround we sold family homes with a picture of your family in the "picture window". Lots of details and included a poster with an I Spy list. The money went to Habitat and the quilt went to the Westford Historical Society for preservation. We did write a how to book, not a published book...yet, would love advise. Ask for a picture at wesford2008quilt@comcast.net We have no website. Thanks, Cindylee Gee

October 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCindylee Gee

American Hero Quilts were born out of the love and compassion of one determined Washington State woman. Her dream is that each of our injured troops return home from war through Madigan Army Medical Hospital and other military hospitals, receive a "hug" of appreciation. These "hugs" are exceptional patriotic, heirloom quality quilts. Each is unique, created by many loving hands (I am part of a quilting group that has been making one or more quilts per month for this cause).
For more information please visit: www.americanheroquilts.com
Over 5,000 quilts have been presented to deserving young men and women in the military.

November 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJudy

I have become involved with the American Hero Quilt program. I am passionate about making quilts for our returning warriors injured in Iraq or Afghanistan. It is so rewarding to think of the men and women receiving these quilts that are so appreciated. I would encourage anyone interested to become involved in this campaign. The need is great with no sign of ending any time soon.

November 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJan

i just discovered this book yesterday at borders in oak park, il and loved it immediately. i'm more of a knitter, but i'm eager to try my hand at quilting - especially for a good cause!

i would like to participate in making a quilt that brings together quilters and sewers from different sides of a political divide - for instance israel and palestine, the u.s. and iraq, or india and pakistan - to quilt for peace. each different square would represent the uniqueness of the quilter and their beliefs and experience, while the finished piece would show the harmony of these different elements and how well they can work together.

November 10, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteremily

I am new to quilting and love love love this! I would really enjoy this book. I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

November 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGretchen

Can't wait to see this book--I'm a big fan of the "Knitting" one!

November 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMeryl

This book is really intriguing to me, I love the idea! I've only made one quilt so far, as I'm more of a knitter (and busy mom), but I desperately want to make more quilts, and what better way than to do so in the spirit of charity!

November 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRobin

Hello,
I take part in a group that meets regularly to make quilts for the Quilts for Valor Foundation. We are making quilts for injured troops who have returned from Afghanistan and Iraq. I have also made baby quilts for the refugee program run by Catholic Charities in Chicago. And this summer I made a quilt for a fellow choir member who has breast cancer--each square was a heart with a special message from another choir member. There are so many wonderful opportunities out there to take part in. I'd also like to donate quilts to the Crisis Pregnancy Center--so many times a woman is struggling to make a choice for life, I feel it is important to support that choice and a handmade item is often greatly appreciated.

November 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMary P

My husband and I adopted our daughter from China four years ago. Since that time I've felt the desire to support orphans around the globe who are in need. I have made blankets, quilts and dolls for several projects such as Craft Hope and Blankets for Babies (through our adoption agency). I find it so rewarding to "give back" - to think that a child gains a bit of security being wrapped in a warm quilt that I've made makes my heart smile.

November 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCourtney

For me the most beautiful children's book is called "The Quilt Makers Gift." An extra-ordinary story of Love, generosity, peace & giving. It really is a book for all ages & the illustration is exquisite. I found it seredipidiously at my local library. There is also a website; www.thequiltmakersgift.com I hope you also stumble across it. Thank you for your Love & inspiration, xxx

November 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

For me the most beautiful children's book is called "The Quilt Makers Gift." An extra-ordinary story of Love, generosity, peace & giving. It really is a book for all ages & the illustration is exquisite. I found it seredipidiously at my local library. There is also a website; www.thequiltmakersgift.com I hope you also stumble across it. Thank you for your Love & inspiration, Katie xxx

November 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

I am a quilter and a knitter, but have only used my knitting for good thus far. I coordinated a project this summer to knit scarves and hats for Somali refugees living in Maine. It was a great success! I am intrigued by the idea of also using quilting to bring comfort, warmth, care and love to others. As a new mom, I am drawn to the ideas of quilting for babies in need, but am inspired by reading the comments about quilting for the men, women and children affected by our involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan. Thank you for the inspiration!

November 11, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercath

I've made quilts for Quilts of Valor. This year my guild is making quilted place mats for Meals on Wheels - 2 down, 2 ready to layer and quilt. Hope to do one a month more or less all year. Made several comfort/signature quilts for my daughter's coworkers fighting cancer. Also do charity knitting - something around 20 hats for Nest Maine and Warmth for Washington and crocheted 20+ pet blankets for the local animal shelter. Not to mention non-charity quilting, knitting and sewing.

What a great concept!

November 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCarol B

My Daisy Girl Scout Troop will joining National Blanket Day 2010 for Project Linus. I will also inofm all the girls in my troop and the other troops in our school about Quilting For Peace. Many of the adults will be working on all types of blankets. I pledge today to make a crib sized quilt for National Blankets Day. The blankets we will be making in February are going to sick children who are less fortunate at Yale Hospital in New Haven CT. I thank you for brining such an inspiring project into our lives.
Shelley

November 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShelley

I just recently handed over three quilt tops, backs and binding to my area's Quilts of Valour organizer ... and then promptly started two more. My fiance has been in the military for 31 years, and between the two of us we've been to more than a dozen funerals for Canadian soldiers killed on duty in Afghanistan. I love to quilt (and, um, need to cut my fabric stash down a tad), and there are people coming home missing one, two and even three limbs, and with terrible burns, who could use something warm and comfy when their bodies have a hard time staying warm anymore.

November 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Homelessness makes me want to quilt for peace.

November 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFiona

This world needs more of us knitting and quilting and working for peace. I am a teacher of young children - that is where I do most of my work for peace. Many of our three-to-five year olds are learning to sew - I'm thinking that together we can do some quilting for peace, perhaps drawing on muslin squares and sewing them into quilts to be given to those whose hearts and bodies need warming.

November 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

Wow, what a lovely book. I'd love to start quilting with my mother-in-law, who has made some beautiful quilts for my daughters, and maybe involve my eldest girl too. Three generations quilting together would be pretty fun!

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLeah

I have just completed a quilt for crafthope.com. This is the first quilt I have made that is to be given to someone that is not a member of my own family. The quilts collected for this project will be given to homeless children in Michigan this christmas. As I live in Scotland I am keen to get more people in the UK involved in similar projects here and abroad. This book would be very inspiring.

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHelen

I am so onboard with this project, I'm not quite sure how I'm going to get started but I AM going to get started. I will add the button and post about this on my blog tomorrow morning (when I get the most traffic)

Kathryn

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKathryn

After the recent horrible incident at Fort Hood, Texas; through the generous work of numerous quilters, I was able to collect 31+ quilts in three short day for those that were wounded. The quilts are being distributed tomorrow at Fort Hood to the Chaplain, then to the hospitals. A good deed was accomplished by many.

November 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCherri House

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