Saturday, April 30, 2011

Tornado Quilts: Want to help?

Here are more photos from my area, though we were so lucky not to take a direct hit from the tornadoes.
Above is damage done to the chapel of our church.

What's next?
Make quilts! The death toll in Alabama alone is up to 248 this morning, but I also heard there are more than 400 missing in Tuscaloosa still. Hundreds, maybe thousands, are homeless now. I so want to do something to help. But I can't drive a bulldozer to remove debris. And I can't build a house. So I will make quilts. Because that's what I CAN do!

I will somehow get these quilts to those who have lost their homes. And loved ones. And all their worldly belongings. One quilt at a time.

Want to help? If you have orphan blocks, ufo's, or (even better!) finished quilts you'd like to donate, leave a comment and I'll send you my mailing address. Maybe you have batting or backing fabric. Together we can make a difference and provide some comfort to those who have lost so much.

If you have a blog, please spread the word about the Tornado Quilts. Quilters always come through when needed, and I know they will now!

10 comments:

Teresaquilts said...

I want to help. We live in Hartselle, AL and were so lucky the storms went around us. We were without power for a while, but it is back on now. I have a couple of quilts I will send and maybe a top that needs quilting.

Teresa Harrison

Dora, the Quilter said...

Wonderful of you to spearhead something like this. I'm hoping someone in my home town will start a similar effort for Bradley County, TN.

Anonymous said...

I have a couple of quilts to send and will volunteer to longarm some tops...don't know how many just now, but at least a dozen...Just let me know, Julie.
Karen in La.
tksimons@bellsouth.net

Laurie said...

Just received your blog from Nancy Zieman's page about donating quilts. Our quilt guild last week talked about donating to Japan, but after the hurricanes thought about our own families here in the US. Was glad to see someone was spearheading it in your area. I have more than a few quilts to donate that are just sitting waiting for a good home. Let me know where to send them and thanks for your time in doing this. Laurie in WI.
ljacobs@stans.com

Diana said...

I've found some UFO-blocks and I would like to donate them to you. You can find my email on my blog www.patchworktime.blogspot.com.
Diana from Holland

Patsy said...

I can donate a couple of quilts too and I am a longarmer as well so can quilt some of them if need be. I live in Colorado far removed from the devastation in your hometown so would love to help out!!
Patsy

KaHolly said...

Good for you!! I've been searching daily for quilters on the internet who are taking this initiative!!

Spontaneous Threads said...

I have a quilt I would like to send. Thanks for doing this.

HummingBirdQuilter said...

I have a number of orphan blocks that I would like to donate. You are so thoughtful for taking this project on. I'm glad to help.

Have you been able to find someplace or someone to send the finished quilts?

L Dwyer said...

My quilt guild is very interested in providing orphan blocks for this Alabama relief project. Thanks for initiating this project.