Saturday, June 5, 2010

A Way to Help

One of my favorite designers, Anna Maria Horner, is thinking of families in the Tennessee area that were affected by devastating floods in May. She has organized a project to get as many quilts as possible into the hands of people who have lost everything. I started thinking how I would feel if I were in that position and someone cared enough to do this for me. It is a simple thing to make one or two quilt blocks or give a few dollars. Her info follows or click on the sidebar to get to her site. :)

A quilting project for families in Middle Tennessee who lost their homes to flooding
Our Mission:
Not everyone can be on the front lines of an effort like flood cleanup and rebuilding, but we believe that there is always
a way to help. So many families lost their homes, cars, and all their belongings during the floods of May 2010 in Middle
Tennessee. As they begin their rebuilding process, we hope to combine the efforts of generous quilters nationwide in
order to make as many quilts as possible to distribute to families who are in need of new items for their homes. It is a
simple mission, but its one that we hope will be far reaching and one that will give homemade comfort to as many
people as possible.
How You Can Help:
Just like any good charitable effort it all starts with your very own block! In this case it starts with your quilt block! We
are accepting unfinished 12.5” x 12.5” quilts blocks (12”x12” finished) preferably in a monochromatic color scheme (or
two main harmonious colors, like red/orange, or blue/green etc.) in any patchwork style that you'd like. Please also keep
in mind that just because we are asking for blocks that are relatively singular in color, that we still encourage all shades,
including neutrals and murkier tones, i.e. it doesn't have to be just rainbow brights. There is no limit to how many
blocks you can send. With the help of some local Nashville volunteers, we will assemble your blocks to make as many
quilts as possible. We will also accept donations of completed quilts in any size or style.
Details & Deadlines:
Since not too many people need the warmth of a quilt during the hot Tennessee summer, we have time on our side. But
with that in mind we've set three submission deadlines for your blocks, so that we can begin the assembling process
early and have it all wrapped up by the fall. You can submit to one or all block deadlines which are as follows:
July 1, 2010 - first block deadline, August 1, 2010 – second block deadline, September 1, 2010 – last block deadline
Please send your blocks to: Anna Maria Horner, attn: RAINBOW, 1730 Old Hickory Blvd, Brentwood, Tn. 37027
When you send in your blocks, please provide us with your email address so that we can offer you a proper thank you!
(We will not give out your info or put you on any other mailing list other than news related to this project. Promise.)
Getting in Touch:
* For ongoing updates and a more in depth FAQ page for the project please visit
* Please also visit the Rainbow Around the Block Flickr group to post pictures of your blocks, view other blocks, post
questions, start discussions about the project and more:
* For any questions, suggestions, or if you'd like to send us info about a family that you know is in need please contact:

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