Our Progress

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Humbled and Awed

Quilters are THE best!  Hands down - no question about it!

Your response to my call - and your willingness to share the word - has been overwhelming!  I am scrambling to keep up with linking everyone's kind posts.  Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you!!

Envelopes have been coming to my mailbox daily now - some with a block or two - some with 70+, and I am meeting with my contact at the local American Cancer Society office soon to turn over a small pile of checks.

I need to update both tickers - but prepping the 6 year old for Halloween (he's Batman and we made his costume) has had me tied up the past few nights...  best guess is that we are closing in on $200 and 200 blocks - but that is just a rough estimate.  Once Halloween is past - I will have an updated count on both, and our first monthly participant "door prize" - drawn from all the names of people who have sent blocks by October 31.  We will draw again in November...and December... and however long we decide to keep going!!

This weekend the first "non-electronic" publicity went out from me - in the form of flyers dropped to two of my local quilt shops.  The plan is to hit more local shops this month (...my own shop hop?  sure!) - and keep spreading the word!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

FAQ: Can I give blocks but not $$$

This is perhaps my most asked question so far. 

YES!!!!  We welcome as many blocks as you are willing to send - but I realize that the financial donation is not necessarily in everyone's means.

My aim is to reach the financial goal - but to FAR EXCEED the block goal!!!

Blocks are starting to come in - I will be updating the counts very soon!!!

Thanks to everyone for spreading the word, and for sending blocks! 

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

What is this all about???

4Patches4Hope began as a desire to use my passion for quilting, and the power of social media and word of mouth, to create quilts to comfort those undergoing cancer treatments and at the same time raise money for cancer research. The original timeline was to begin on Valentine’s Day, 2011 and culminate on my mother’s birthday –today - October 4, 2011.

For one reason or another, I did not get the ball rolling and start to get the word out about the project, so then I revised my start date to START on Mom’s birthday.

Unfortunately Mom’s cancer had a different timetable, and on July 12, 2011 her battle with this disease ended.

As I worked through the emotions that came after - I decided to forge forward with this project - as there are mothers, sisters, aunts, cousins, daughters, nieces, friends and more who could benefit.

The concept is simple - Make a 4 Patch... Make a Donation... Make a difference.

How to Help:

1.  Make light-dark 4 patch block(s) using 2 1/2” squares (blocks should finish at 4 1/2” square).     
Use any colors you like for your “dark” but please try to use white or ivory for your “light.”

2.  Send the finished block(s) to: 

4Patches4Hope c/o Regina Arlauckas, PO Box 363  Churchville, NY  14428

3.  Please consider making a $4 donation for each block you make to the American Cancer Society via the link at The American Cancer Society or enclose a check to the American Cancer Society with your blocks. (Please do NOT enclose cash and be sure your checks are to the American Cancer Society.)

4.  The goal is 4000* blocks and $4,000 by February 28, 2012. (*goal revised to 4000 blocks on 11/24/11)

5.  Received blocks will be assembled into “comfort quilts” and donated to the Anderson Medical Center in Anderson, SC and the Pluta Cancer Center in Rochester, NY. 

6.  Each block donated will enter your name into a drawing for “participation prizes.”

7.  Donations of backing fabrics, batting and services are also appreciated.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

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