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sunflowers for Ukraine part 2

Hello all, Mary Ellen here.

I’m pleased with the response to the sunflowers for Ukraine idea that I floated in my last post. Here are my tentative thoughts on how to go forward.

I will be calling BNHV this morning to try to get a time soon when we could meet to talk over this project. My other guild (papercrafters) is not using our March meeting allotment, so hopefully I’ll be able to snag us a time.

My tentative plan is for us to make an assortment of table runners, toppers and other small projects. When selling tickets for our guild’s bed size quilts I’ve been told different times that the quilt doesn’t match their color scheme, or that they don’t need a full size quilt. Hopefully summer/fall table pieces could find homes in many places. We’ll discuss if we want to do several small raffles or just sell them out right. We could have sales of raffle tickets or the pieces themselves at the theme days the museum will be running through their season.

I am going to contact Journey’s End, the refugee help organization here in Buffalo, to offer our proceeds to them and to get their permission to use their name in our promotions.

I will be writing up directions for several different sunflower blocks. I would like them to be made scrappy so that they can be mixed in the projects. I will be hoping to first find volunteers to make blocks, then later to sew the runners or toppers, then to layer and quilt them, and finally to bind them. I’m hoping that volunteers would find the different steps to be manageable so we can get lots of guild participation. I personally am feeling that this is something-although small- that I can do to help those who are suffering so much in Ukraine. Perhaps others will feel this too.

I’m hoping to have at least one of the block patterns ready at tomorrow night’s guild meeting.

On a different topic–I just finished binding one of the samples that I will be showing in the early bird demo tomorrow night. I finish most of my bindings by machine–and I won at binding chicken. Look! Yay for me!

8 Comments

  1. Karen Villa says:

    Always a delight to end sewing with only inches left on the bobbin!

  2. Betty Lerner says:

    We have the ballroom March 31 10am-4pm for a meeting if you like.

  3. Jean Miller says:

    Those sound like good ideas!

  4. Mickey says:

    Any thought on making the sunflowers into quilts? I’m assuming we may have refugees coming and may need bedding.

  5. JoAnn Castiglia says:

    Great idea. Love to help out. Because of my situation, I’m home a lot and I certainly can sew.

    “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”

  6. Theresa Utz says:

    I am more than willing to help. I can do whatever sewing, piercing, whatever machine work you need. I don’t have to explain my limitations to you, you guys already know that.

  7. Annette Meyer-Grunow says:

    Hi MaryEllen,
    Have you tried to contact the Ukrainian community in Buffalo ? I have heard of their church in the last years and the bazar / fund raiser they are doing. Then I hear of a big Ukrainian community in Rochester.
    Would like to see lap quilts. There seem to be a lot of children fleeing.
    Annette
    Will come to your meeting

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