Friday 24 February 2023

Quilts for Hawke's Bay

Last week I told you about Cyclone Gabrielle that has devastated parts of Hawke's Bay in New Zealand.  

Everyone wants to help in whatever way they can.  The best and most efficient way is to donate money to the Red Cross appeal which is easily found online.  

However, our quilt guild members naturally want to give quilts too.  So tomorrow at our regular guild meeting we are collecting quilts of any size in "as new" condition.  We will use our contacts in the hospital and schools to distribute these quilts when the time is right.  We won't be asking Civil Defence to distribute these quilts because we know they have far bigger issues to sort out at the moment, and they have requested monetary donations to the Red Cross rather than donations of physical items. 

I had a look in my cupboards and I have many quilts that I enjoyed making, but have barely used because we have so many options.  So I took advantage of the fine weather and gave some of them a wash in preparation for donating them. 

The quilt above will make a cute baby quilt, but when I looked at the binding I just knew I had to take it off and try again.  It was terribly baggy and only single fold, so I took it off with the intention of replacing it.  But while it was off I decided that I needed to add a bit more quilting to it too, so I did some diagonal lines with my walking foot before I replaced the binding.  Now it's just like new again with more quilting and new binding. 

Each one of these quilts contains memories for me, but many people in Hawke's Bay have lost everything and it feels right to pass these quilts on now.  

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Gretchen Weaver said...

The recipients are going to be so pleased with the quilts. Such lovely gifts.

Daryl @ Patchouli Moon Studio said...

Wendy that is so kind of you to pass along some quilts you made for those in need. Hugs!

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

Such a wonderful thing to collect unused like-new quilts to help those whose lives have been upended by the cyclone. We quilters do love to give quilty hugs when we can. Kudos to you and your group!

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

that is a good idea to replace binding and add a little more quilting to make like new again. You have a lot of beautiful quilts to share.

Michelle said...

The devastation in Hawkes Bay is so sad. I have no doubt that your beautiful quilts will bring comfort to their recipients.

Alycia~Quiltygirl said...

I am so sorry about the circumstances, but how sweet are you to provide a little comfort during these times! the quilts are beautiful!!!

Andree G. Faubert said...

Hi Wendy, those are cute quilts and will be greatly appreciated.