Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Details for Quilts for Pulse Donations

This is from the Orlando MQG blog:

Hello, ladies and gents! The outpouring of love and support we have received is nothing short of incredible and we are overwhelmed with it. There aren't words to describe how we felt knowing that this sort of atrocity happened in our backyard and now, no words to describe how supported and loved we feel with the help of all of you. Let me start by saying a simple Thank You. When I try and look for words that are better than that, I can't even come up with any because none would suffice.

Thank You. Thank You. Thank You. Thank You.

I know there have been a ton of questions asked and I've waited to answer some of them because honestly i didn't have the answers. Or I had the answers but was waiting to double check them, or get an answer from someone else, or was busy at work. I had to work at my salon all day yesterday, so was fleshing out the details between clients. But the good news is a LOT of details have been decided and figured out.  Any other news will be posted here so please stay tuned. Any questions you have after this post please ask. I'll answer anything I know and get the answer to anything I don't.

All mail will go to my salon. It's a commercial address and that mailman will probably hate me a bit since he's a walking mailman, but he's super fit and may just like the extra weight in his mailbag ;) Please send all mail to the following:

Alissa Lapinsky
c/o A List Hair Salon
106 South Woodland Blvd
Suite B
DeLand, FL 32720

Please include a full sized piece of paper with your name, guild if a member (even not modern guilds!), what you've sent, and location so that I can (attempt) to keep track of everyone who helps.

2. I'm not a member of a guild, can I still help??

Ummmm....YES! This is a project that I started so that anyone who isn't scared of a sewing machine can do. I didn't want it to just be our guild, as a matter of fact I'd love any and everyone who could possibly help, to do so.

3. What if I can't make a whole quilt?

Then make a block, even one block will help. Send in some binding, send some backing fabric, send some money (we will need it for postage as some victims families aren't in the area), just repost or share in solidarity, give us a virtual high five or hug. It all helps.

4. I already have a quilt that is rainbow-y and made with love, can I send it?

Do you seriously think I'm going to say no, don't give me a quilt??!! Because I won't. Send it. Please send it, we need a lot of quilts. While I offered a specific block, it was mostly bc of its size and simplicity so more people could take part in this.

5. Can I use a block other than the one you showed?

By all means, do your thing. I chose the block so everyone could take part. I know there are plenty of heart blocks out there and feel free to use anything you'd like. I only ask that your quilt includes a heart or hearts of some sort and that it's mostly brights and/or rainbow. I chose brights and rainbow to represent not only the LGBT flag but also ALL of the different people affected by the event. I also want them to be cheerful and want the recipients to know that these are created with love, given with love, and in using them, they will be covered with love. I want them to be comforted knowing that even strangers care and that they did not go through this without the support of others.

6. How big should my quilt be? 

I'm asking for quilts no smaller than 48x60, and no larger than a twin sized. If you're off a smidge, please don't worry. The quilt police wont throw your quilt back at you and tell you you're horrible. We will accept them all. I just don't want some people to get small lap quilts, and some to get queen sized monstrosities.

7. What's the due date?

We are asking for blocks to be sent BY August 15th. We will need what is most likely a LOT of time to sew all these blocks together, so the sooner we get them, the better! Finished quilts obviously take a bit longer and we are asking for those by September 15th.

8. Where are these things going?

My original thought was to the survivors in the hospital. Then it grew and I thought maybe to the victims families as well. Now I think we will have enough to even give to first responders that were on the scene, police officers, nurses, doctors, hopefully, anyone that wants one. If there are leftovers, they will be given to either The Center, an LGBT community center who is pretty much ground zero for the help and also the Zebra Coalition who focuses their efforts on LGBT youth. Hopefully, any and everyone affected will receive a quilt if they want one. We are still making contacts, so if you are personally affected by this please email me at alissalapinsky@gmail.com so we can work to get one to you!

9. Anything else I should know??

Please tag your completed quilts or send a tag with a completed quilt top! I'd like each quilt to have two tags, one for who created it, and one for the general quilty movement :)

Our mothership, The (national) Modern Quilt Guild has compiled a nifty information page for us that they have shared with all their members, and it includes some other blocks that may inspire you as well as a few forms. One form is to fill out if you're planning on sending so we have at least a vague idea of how many blocks/quilts we will be receiving, and one is a form that you can fill out to send in with your submission. 


Also, know that you are making a difference! Each stitch gives someone a bit of love, and even one block helps. Keep on stitching and I can't wait to show everyone all of the quilts!

-Alissa :)

June Meeting TVMQG


The June meeting of the TVMQG is Thursday at 6:30 p.m. You are welcome to come at 6:00 and do some pre-meeting shopping or socializing. 

We are looking forward to our paper piecing demo from Angelica!! We are always looking for members to share their special talents and ideas so join the fun!!

If you have any charity quilt blocks for our donation quilt completed, please bring them with you to share. We will be collecting them for awhile so don't fret if yours isn't done. We still have lots of fabric as well so if you didn't pick some up be sure to grab some at the meeting. 

We are also taking donations for our "Buck a Book" collection. You are welcome to bring any of your used quilt books, magazines, or quilt patterns for donation. 

For any of you who are not members yet, June starts the pro-rated membership price of $20.00. Its a great deal, and a great way to join in on the fun!

We look forward to seeing you at the meeting!

Jan ~ TVMQG

Quits for Pulse ~ Charity Project


Here's some further information about the #QuiltsforPulse Charity Drive with the Orlando MQG.

Blocks are due August 15 and quilts are due September 15.

Follow this link for the blog post by the MQG, it's full of information and ideas.

Thank you for your support!

Jan ~ TVMQG

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Quilts Blocks for a Cause



We're all aware of the tragedy that happened in Orlando last weekend.  What do quilters do when tragedy strikes?  It's simple, they make quilts.

Alissa Lapinsky,  President Orlando MQG has put out a call for quilts or quilt blocks featuring colorful hearts.  You can read her blog post here.  "We are making cluckclucksew 's 10" heart blocks in any bright color, with a low volume background. Please stay tuned for an address to send the completed blocks/quilts to!"

I will post new information as it becomes available.

Jan, TVMQG