crafts, quilting, sewing

share the warmth! (or, got blankets?)

If you're like me, you'll make a quilt for most any reason. For a gift, for a child, for a baby on the way. For a wedding, for an anniversary, for a birthday. For yourself. Or for no reason whatsoever. Sometimes, it's just about enjoying the process of creating something. Just because. And that's a wonderful thing.

Unfortunately, the wire shelves in my laundry room are beginning to bend under my stash of "just because" quilts. And there are more "just because" quilts on their way in from the sewing room. I've tended to keep my "just because" quilts for "just in case" reasons–a baby on the way, a birthday around the corner, a special something for an out-of-town guest to sleep under. But there's a new charitable-giving campaign that inspired me to part with some of my stash for a good cause.

Martingale & Company's share the warmth campaign encourages quilters, knitters, crocheters, and crafters around the world to join them in creating at least 3,500 quilts, blankets, afghans, and throws for donating to local charities.

(Make them globally, donate them locally. I like that!)

To celebrate their 35th anniversary of publishing "America's Best-Loved Quilt Books" (not to mention ReSew), Martingale is combining their charitible efforts with a great giveaway–35 random winners will receive a whopping 35 Martingale & Company books. You can learn all about getting involved with the year-long campaign here.

Sharethewarmthquilts I'm already planning "because" quilts for this campaign. But in the meantime, I'm donating these four baby quilts to The Road Home, a Salt Lake City homeless shelter in great need of blankets and other items (see their wish list here). Hey, locals! Anyone care to join me?

Quilted, knitted, or crocheted–whatever your favorite way is to get from beginning to end–I hope you'll consider making up a blanket or more to donate in your area. Or, if you're a quilter like me, you can head over to your quilt stash. You know those made-with-love blankees will be thrilled to find a home. Other than on the bending shelves in the laundry room.

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