Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Are You Sitting Down? This is so Amazing . . .

I want to make sure that all of you special peeps are sitting down, because what I am about to say is going to amaze you! Go ahead, get comfy.

Would you like to know just how many yards of fabric all of you wonderful quilters donated to the Destash for Malawi?

(Clearing throat) OK. Here goes . . .

over 750 yards of fabric
and more than 125 spools of thread!! 

I. Am. In. Shock.    Anita provided me with the incredible totals.  You guys are absolutely awesome.  Usually I inject some humor into my posts, and I know I say this at the risk of sounding sappy, but I was misty-eyed when I realized our community had pulled together for these kids in such a big way.

I've said before that I only expected one or two yards in each box, and just a few quilters to contribute.   In actuality, there were boxes with 1, and 2, and 3 yards of fabric, and then there were boxes with 15, and 25, and 35 yards!  I think the largest one had over 47 yards in it!

In my other posts, I showed you some photos of the two huge suitcases of fabric and thread that have already made the journey to Africa, and some snapshots of  Lois opening the suitcase and assembling clothes for the children. If you would like to see photos of all of the donations, please be sure to click here, and take a peek at Anita's Flickr set.  One picture there shows the fabric that (some of it) will be going to Malawi in January, when the Kropfs' son goes back again.

I really think that all of us who helped in this effort are winners --- I can't wait for y'all to see the photo that Anita is sending to you; you'll see some of the kids posing in their new clothes!  (There was one box from Springfield, IL that had no name on it....if you could let me know who you are, Anita can send you your note and photo.)  I wish that I had prizes for each and every one of you!! My heart is so full --- I'd better start getting Mr. Random Number in gear, before I can't see my keyboard again!!

Alrighty! We have lots of prizes to give away, so I am going to name the prize and then note the winner; there are too many to post pictures of the number generator and the comment for each one! You'll just have to trust me . . . I'll let Mr. Random do the choosing.  That OK with you? Great! Here we go!

Jacquelynne Steves of The Noble Wife will be sending an autographed copy of her book,

Fruitful Hands, to Diane (no blog)!

Dewberry Lane online store

will be providing two patterns of her choice to Joanne (no blog)!!

One-year subscriptions to Ole Frog Eyes, the virtual design wall for quilters,

were won by  CraftyNewbie and Staci at Confused Quilter !!

Quilt Sue will be sending an autographed copy of her book,

Pick Four, to Stray Stitches!! Here's her blog, too!

Amanda Murphy, of Amanda Murphy Design,

 will be sending a complete set (6) of her patterns to Quiltzyx at zzyzx and sue !

Our special friend, Julie, at the Intrepid Thread, will be sending fabric bundles to eight lucky peeps! Take a look at some of these yummy packages! Julie is so generous to offer several prizes . . . I better choose some winners before my post gets too picture heavy!!


Norece (no blog), Tonya, Happy Cottage Quilter, Elizabeth at PiecefulLife, Amorette of SewWhileHeSleeps,   PattiAnn at Bouncy PoodleMollyP (no blog), and PCFlamingo (no blog) are all winners of our bundles from the Intrepid Thread!

Thank you, thank you, to all of you who were so generous and helped us to help the kids in Malawi. I had a few no-reply folks, so if you tried to reach me and I didn't reply, please check your settings -- I tried mightily to reply to each and every comment!!

All of our winners need to get in touch with me and let me know your shipping information; the prize providers will be shipping directly to you! I'll be emailing to ask you for the address, too. If anyone has not gotten in touch with me in 72 hours, I'll pick another name.