29 October, 2012

The Giving Quilt

This giveaway is now closed, the winning entry, Paula the Quilterwas drawn on October 30, 2012. Thanks for entering!
Jennifer Chiaverini has done it again. You may already be a  fan of  Jennifer's Elm Creek Quilt novels, if that is the case you know what a treat you're in for; if this is your first title from a wonderfully gifted author, I promise, you'll want to read more!  We all know that quilters are among the most generous people on earth; the Elm Creek Quilters prove that as they gather to prepare for "Quiltsgiving" and set out to answer the question: "Why do you give?" in this, the latest, addition to the popular series.  You are sure to be inspired by the characters portrayed and their contagious spirit of selfless love. This book will be released tomorrow, October 30th, you can find a copy at a book store near you; or, if you're feeling lucky, you can simply leave a comment and explain what inspires you to stitch quilts for those who need them. I will draw a lucky winner from the names tomorrow night and this book will be yours; to keep, or to give away! If you leave a comment be sure that I have an e-mail address to contact you or I will be forced to draw another name!

Good luck~
Life is Good!

28 comments:

Glenda in Florida said...

I am inspired to make and donate quilts for many charities. My small local guild makes quilts for new homeowners at the dedication of Habitat for Humanity homes. We tell them that when you sleep under a quilt, you sleep under a blanket of love--and that we hope their new home will be filled with love. We can see first hand how grateful they are for that gift. I'm also involved in several guilds and groups that make children's quilts and pillowcases. I know how my own grandchildren react when they receive quilts and pillowcases, and I want other children to have that same feeling--to know that somebody cares about them.

KQ Sue said...

Won love to win! Love Jennifer's books.

Paula, the quilter said...

I support three charities by making quilts: my guild's community service, Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative and Quilts of Valor. In two of the charities, the quilts are given to recipients so they can be wrapped in a quilt that they know someone made just for them. The third sells the small quilts to raise money for research.

Elita en Suisse said...

It makes my heart sing to see the light in a recipient's eyes when they open their bundle of quilt love. I read somewhere that a mother's love is like a quilt, keeping her children warm without smothering. I think it's my way of keeping the love & warmth moving forward.

Cathi said...

Quilts are a gift of love.

Patricia said...

I have been blessed with the ability to be able to create quilts. I feel that by sharing them with various charities that I can give comfort to those who would not otherwise have a homemade comforting quilt. It's also a great way to reduce my stash ;-)

regan said...

I'm struck every day by how lucky I am, I have everything I need and then some. So it's such a great feeling to give a quilt to someone needing it. I think I get a bigger joy from the giving than they do from the receiving!

Teresa in Music City said...

I love being part of several quilt guilds that regularly participate in some very worthy causes. It feels good to know that my quilting is not just for me and mine, but that I can bless others who really need the warm hug of a quilt in hard times! I also participate in Habitat builds when they come to my area - such a great program to provide homes for those who might not have a chance for one otherwise! Thanks for sharing the book - I just love Jennifer's series :*)

Jo said...

Quilts are a way to show love, concern, praise...a whole host of emotions. I enjoy giving a quilt to someone, just because...praise God that He blesses each of us with special gifts to share!

Janet O. said...

I have been very blessed and the only way I can repay the Lord is to give back to others. Quilts are a personal gift that show someone cares and took time create something for the recipient.

LizA. said...

I can't think of a better way to let someone know they are loved than to literally wrap them in love. When life doesn't get in the way, I am usually working on a QOV as a leader/ender project. It's the least I can do for those who have sacrificed so much for our freedom.

yorkie mom said...

Love Jennifer's books! I love to give to see the joy it brings to others. Thanks for a chance.

Gwen said...

As Jesus says,"When you do for the least of these..." Also, I use it as an opportunity to try a new technique or repeat a favorite pattern. Finally, for me, quilting is relaxing and stress-reducing, so I am helping myself, as well as others.(At least, that's what I tell my DH, when I lose track of time and forget to start dinner on time!)

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

I was wondering if she was going to publish another book. I love her work and have read all the previous Elm Creek Quilt books.

I love seeing the joy on the recipients' faces when I give them a quilt. I also love leaving a practical legacy for my daughter and my grandkids ... that they can see and feel how much love went into every stitch.

Fran said...

Love the books...I quilt for Kids children hospitals...having been a teacher for 30 years and working with little ones, I love the thought that a little quilt could give someone a little warmth and something to hug when not feeling well...on another note...how did "Hannes" get his name...that is my maiden name and haven't seen it too often....thanks for the chance to win...Fran

Fran said...

Love the books...I quilt for Kids children hospitals...having been a teacher for 30 years and working with little ones, I love the thought that a little quilt could give someone a little warmth and something to hug when not feeling well...on another note...how did "Hannes" get his name...that is my maiden name and haven't seen it too often....thanks for the chance to win...Fran

mindingmomma said...

I quilt little baby quilts because I love to hand sew but large projects are too much to fit in my lap and bother my arthritis. I give them to Newborns in Need. And I donate extra fabric too. thanks for the chance to win

mindingmomma (at) aol (dot) com

Just Ducky said...

I make quilts because I love the people I make them for and want them to feel warm and safe when they wrap up in them.
(linesmary1@gmail.com)

Trudi said...

I've read nearly all of this series, such good reads! I make quilts for a children's charity here in the UK, siblings together, and of course quilts for our injured soldiers, how could I not! There's nothing like the feeling you get when giving something handmade with love!

Sharon said...

I have a hard time putting into words why I love giving quilts to others. Some people question how I could just "give away" something I have but so much time and effort into. I have been given so much by God and blessed beyond measure. It is just something I feel I have to do and I love every bit of it.

StitchinByTheLake said...

Love her books! Stitching for others is a tangible piece of love passed from me to someone else - perhaps someone I know and perhaps someone I'll never know. But love passed around warms the heart just as the quilt warms the body. blessings, marlene

45th Parallel Quilter said...

I work on quilts for Quilts Of Valor because of the annonimity of it. Those who defend our freedoms do so out of a sense of giving to and protecting a country/people they love without knowing who WE are. Unfortunately many of those heros don't come back or those who do come home face more challenges the rest of their lives. The very LEAST I can do is put my thanks for their sacrifices into stitches to hopefully provide a little comfort and let them know their service is greatly appreciated. Freedom is not free ....

Andrea said...

I love to see someone's reaction, I always hope they like it. --
ajks100@gmail.com

dianne said...

if i stop to think about whether or not i really NEED to make another quilt for someone, i remember this exchange of words:

when our mother asked her, "How many quilts do you actually NEED?!?"

my sister answered, "One more than I HAVE!"

Nancy, Near Philadelphia said...

God has blessed me in so many ways; it feels good to be able to be His hands....

jirons42 said...

I like to give to Margaret' Hope Chest. They have such a wonderful back story. Love to win the book.

Karen said...

The desire to share God's love & faiothfulness is what prompts me to make quilts for giving---to veteran's and pediatric units and crisis pregnancy centers mostly.
Karen in Va.

Carolyn said...

I make quilts to give away in the spirit of generosity and love. We all know there is love in all the stitches.