Sunday, April 3, 2011

The 1000th Quilt, 4 Year Anniversary, Giveaway, a Quilt Top Drive!!!

WARNING: don't skim over this post--read it carefully--you don't want to miss any of what I am saying today!
Happy April Everyone!
April 2011 is an amazing month for Margaret's Hope Chest.
We celebrate our 4th year of service 
We celebrate the giving of our 1000th quilt
We are having our first ever "Volunteer Appreciation Giveaway"
and our first ever Quilt Top Collection Drive
Phew, so much to be thankful for.

Let's start with good stuff.
Our volunteers.
Where would we be without ladies all over the country making quilts for little kids with a parent in prison?
Where would we be without quilters from all over the world who have sent us a finished quilt or quilt top over the past 4 years?
Where would we be without quilting angels who drop off or mail us beautifully finished quilts that we get the pleasure of sharing with others?
Daily, I am amazed at where God has led Margaret's Hope Chest over the 4 years! Only He could bring this much joy and HOPE out of my grandma's murder.
So, thank you volunteers--everyone who has sent us something over the past 4 years--deepest thanks and blessings to you.

We sent out our 1000th quilt this week--actually quilts #990-1000 will be going to Japan via someone at Quilter's Newsletter. Woohoo!
So, it order to celebrate those 1000 quilts and thank our volunteers.....

We are having a Giveaway!!!

As a way of saying thanks we are giving away 4 sets of what I am calling 
"The Charity Quilter's Basics Bundle"(catchy huh? Yeah, I'm creative like that)

Each bundle includes
1. Four Fat Quarters of Fabric
*Amanda Jean from Crazy Mom Quilts was kind enough to donate these fabrics for one of the winners--thanks Amanda Jean!  The other 3 bundles will have equally cute but different fabrics.

2. Batting-Twin Size Hobbs Heirloom Cotton Batting
3. Thread-the Essential Thread Set in Neutrals or Colors from Connecting Threads

4. Pins-you know you can never have too many pins.
 5. My New Favorite Tool-One roll of Heat Press for putting smaller pieces of batting together.

6. Book- 'In a Twinkle' book by Kay Mackenzie

** The value of each Charity Quilter's Basics Bundle is about $70!!

So this is what you need to do to enter--PLEASE READ CAREFULLY!!!

1. FOR THREE ENTRIES: If you have EVER sent Margaret's Hope Chest anything (fabric, top, finished quilt)
 or been a 'Wrapped in Hope' volunteer quilter leave a comment and tell us how you have helped.
2. FOR TWO ENTRIES: Send us any unfinished quilt top before the end of April (make sure it is clean and usable).  Come on, you know you have AT LEAST one quilt top laying around that you may or may not finish.  We love forgotten quilt tops! Send it to us--we will finish it and give it a new life with a very deserving person. Any size.  Leave a comment telling us you are sending us a top.
3. FOR ONE ENTRY: Just leave a comment--any comment (as long as it is nice of course).
4. FOR ONE ENTRY: Share the love--Do a really quick (or long if you prefer ;)) post on your blog or on your Facebook or Twitter account, call your mom or friend from your quilting bee--just share the information about this post with someone else and BINGO another entry. Leave a comment and tell me who you shared it with.

So all together you have the potential of having 7 entries. 
  By the way, besides the fabric that Amanda Jean donated MHC paid for all of the giveaway items out of our own pockets (don't tell my husband)--no one is paying me to give away these things. 

So to sum up so far,  enter the giveaway---tell others about the giveaway, look for a quilt top to send us, send us the quilt top (this seems to be the hardest part!), and come back here on April 29 to see if you are one of the 4 winners!

***When leaving comments--make sure I have a way to contact you if you win!!!
**and just because I know someone will ask....YES, you can send us a finished quilt instead of a quilt top and still get the entries--we will happily accept it!




197 comments:

Gayle and Rob said...

This is really exciting news! Congratulations and I'll be praying that God will bless you in the next few weeks with peace and calm --and moving mercies too?? Anyway - here are my entries for the contest: I've sent two quilts for the Christmas project a couple years ago, I've sent one quilt to a child of a prisoner. I'll be sending you a couple of finished quilts in the next few days, and I'm going to my facebook site right now to share with my quilting friends. That plus this comment makes me eligible for 7 entries, right? Love you and the work you do in Christ's name.

Lauren said...

Congrats on the big news! I've sent in a quilt and sent a quilt to a child of a prisoner.

lissie.loo@gmail.com

Linda said...

Way to go! So very exciting! I made a quilt for a Wrapped in Hope child. She should receive it in just a couple of days! Her birthday is this week.

marilyn said...

Congratulations on getting some well deserved publicity for your project! I hope that through the tv show you will get many more volunteers and it will take way less than 4 more years to hit another 1,000 quilts for the kids.

I've sent you one quilt top and hope to be able to send more in the future. I'm busy now with my own project of sending 1,000 quilts to Japan for the children who have suffered much. Blessings to you in your efforts to provide comfort.

Brittany said...

This is so fun! I sent out a notice of your blog on my facebook last night! I have been blogging my progress on the two Wrapped in Hope quilt that I finished and sent this week. I really have enjoyed helping with this and hope to help in the future. And I will tune in to see you on The Talk! So exciting!

Lauren said...

Congrats! What a lovely way to celebrate. Fellow Michigander here de-lurking to comment. :) I made my first quilt in fall 2009 for your project in conjunction with Craft Hope, and I have made six more since. So, I have you to thank for the start of my newest hobby! Love what you do!

Magpie Sue said...

Oh CONGRATULATIONS!!! All the sutff about reaching 1,000 quilts and the give away are great, but just think of how your reach could be extended by your appearance on a national television show! Woohoo! I'll be praying for your nerves to be calm that day. ;- )

Let's see... I've sent at least four quilts. Or it will be at least four by the end of this year. I made a Wrapped in Hope quilt last year and have sent two or three other quilts for you to distribute. I'm on the list to make another Wrapped in Hope quilt this year (Dec.)

I'll stop back and leave another comment after I've spread the word somehow (just did a blog post or I would do that right now). And I've got to go looking for that elusive quilt top you claim I have laying around here somewhere...!

katyquilts said...

Congrats! Just a few weeks back I sent my first box of finished qilts and one top to MHC. Hoping to send along another box come time this summer. Thank you for all your hardwork!

Katy
sew4given AT aol DOT com

Tricia said...

Wow Karen, national TV is very big news (if it is broadcast in Canada, then it is international TV, right?) and I'm so happy for you both and for all the potential this holds for MHC. I have no doubt in my mind that you will be a faithful witness and that you will be able to present MHC to many people with clarity and grace. You might reach your 2000th quilt earlier that you think!

I've sent in one quilt so far and if I win this contest, I'll be able to send another ;)

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Joylynn said...

Congratulations on your coming TV spot! More than a year ago, I sent in 2 quilt tops for the Grand Rapids giveaway and felt honored to be a small part of the larger picture! Ya'll are doing wonderful work - God bless you.
joylynnrasmussen@gmail.com

Carolyn said...

Congratulations on reaching this milestone! I donated 2 quilts last year and loved doing it.

Vicki @ DottyJane said...

That's a lot of quilts! Congratulations on a wonderful milestone.
I've donated one quilt top so far.

Anita S1 said...

What great news, congratulations on the delivery of your 1000th quilt and the upcoming tv show.

My donations have all been finished quilts, totaling 11 right now. 2 were for your Hope Squared project. 3 for kids on the Wrapped in Hope 2010 list and 4 more for the Wrapped in Hope 2011kids. I have also donated 2 completed quilts designed specifically for boys when you said you had a need for them.

I try to promote MHC when I post my donation quilt photos on Flicker. I've shared your website and your flicker page with several friends, some co-workers and my family.

Keep up the good work.

Leah said...

Congrats on 1000 Quilts!

Very exciting!

jirons42 said...

Be sure to let us know the date of your TV debut I can't wait to watch.

I have donated a quilt to your Grand Rapids drive, attended the workshop (loved it, hope you'll do it again) made one quilt for a prisoner's child and signed up for a second, have a finished quilt ready to send you, and am currently working on squares for the quilting bee. I'll be sharing your message with my Facebook friends.

I know this is alot of work for you and your mom but you are touching soooo many lives. We are all blessed to be part of your efforts.

Karen said...

1000 quilts - what a monumental milestone. You are doing wonderful charity work and I hope that your good deeds provide comfort to those who receive your quilts. I would love to participate at some point in my busy life. Keep up the good work!

SherryB said...

WOW---1000 quilts...that is so terrific! No wonder you are celebratings, and in such a big way! I am looking forward to seeing you on TV, so keep us posted.
As for my entries for this giveaway (which is also terrific), I have made 3 quilts for Wrapped in Hope, I have several tops I will send, and I just called my SIL about your giveaway, and she might have some tops to send you also.
I just bought some boy-friendly FQ's at my quilt shop last weekend so will finish a top I started Saturday to send you as well. You are so cool...I was depressed this morning but you have given me inspiration to get busy...thanks so much!

Lee said...

Wow! What an incredible giveaway, thank you Carin and Amanda Jean!

Lee said...

In February, I contributed my Sliced Coins quilt to the Wrapped In Hope program. What a wonderful program that is.

Polka Dot Classic said...

Congratulations !!!
I have volunteer to send you a Birthday quilt for a Sept child.
Also Congratulations for "The Talk" apearance, cant wait to see you on TV

antoinemarta@yahoo.com

Quilting QB said...

I'm so excited to be a part of all of the wonderful things you are doing. I have dontated 2 finished quilts to MHC (and was so touched to see a picture of a little red-headed girl snuggled up in one of my quilts during your NC prison visit - tears!!). Now that I know you take quilt tops - I have a few to send your way. And... I have signed up for a December 2011 birthday as part of Wrapped in Hope.

Emily {Creative Chicks} said...

I've helped...

Yay for MHC!!!!

Ali said...

I am sending a quilt to David through wrapped in hope. Pictures are in the group pool already, just waiting for it to be time to mail. If all the kids weren't already spoken for I would pick up another. Perhaps next year??

Susanne said...

I'm not a quilter, so all I'll say is "Go God, go!!!" I love to see how He can pull together people from all over the place to work toward one common goal.

Stormy Days said...

Congratulations on 1000 quilts, it's wonderful. I am a Wrapped in Hope volunteer, two quilts last year and one this year, it filled up so fast this year.

Stormy Days said...

I'll be watching for the announcement for when you and your mom will be on T.V., I can't wait to see it, congratulations on that also.

Stephanie said...

Congratulations on your huge news!!!!
I've recently sent in a quilt to a child for his birthday, who's parent is in prison. You really have a great community here and look forward to helping out more.

Stephanie said...

I also am posting a link to your site of facebook and also have already shared on my blog and with friends. Thanks for all you do! And thanks for the giveaway too!

~Michelle~ said...

Awesome - you're going to be a TV Star!

~Michelle~ said...

And I have sent you one quilt top :)

~Michelle~ said...

And I think I can find another quilt top to send you :)

Kathy McC said...

MHC is a blessing! I have sent two quilts for prisoner's chidren, and signed up for two more this year.
Thank you for this ministry of love.

Renae said...

Great news! Can't wait to see you on "The Talk".

I've helped with random quilts for your prison visits as well as your latest quilting Bee Blocks.

Congrats and it really has been a pleasure to help out.

Colleen said...

What a great post! I sent a Wrapped in Hope quilt to a little girl in MO last September. I plan to do another one through you this year!

Colleen said...

Oops...My contact info is colleenhumphris@gmail.com - THanks!

amandajean said...

God Bless you for doing His work! I am always so happy to read/hear/see how you are affecting people who are in need. It is awesome and keep up the good work!

Jennifer said...

Thanks for the giveaway. I am glad to have a place to send some of my quilts and help out as well! Double bonus!

Sallie said...

Congratulations on the 1000th quilt and the upcoming tv appearance. Thanks for the chance at your giveaway!

Sallie said...

I blogged about your giveaway at http://salliessampler.blogspot.com/2011/04/giveaways-i-found-on-monday.html

Mary said...

This is the first time I have heard of this site/group. I became a follower so that I can help with donations in the future!

Mary
http://www.quiltgenius.com

Janet said...

Congratulations and thank you for the great work that you do.

Mary said...

I shared the info with my quilt guild here in Ohio and on facebook.

Patty D from NC said...

congratulations. I've not yet donated a quilt top but will put that on my 2011 project list right now.

Jessica Christensen said...

I love the work that you do. I will look for a quilt top to send. I'm SURE I have one or two lying around.

Jennifer said...

I can't wait to get started on the blocks for the bee. I've been collecting the fabric for mine. Very exciting about the TV appearance.

Marisol said...

Congratulations for your great job!!!Amazing!!!
I've posted it in my blog
Best regards from Spain
msolgalvez@hotmail.com
www.costurasvarias.blogspot.com

Lauren said...

What great work you do! I am going to try and send you a quilt top.

llsieg at earthlink dot net

I am Just One Mom said...

Congratulations and warm wishes to you and your mother. So many quilters sharing in their own communities and reaching across the ocean to aid those in need. God Bless You and all who assist you.
You inspire the best in creative people: to use our talents to bless others.
Have not sent to you but have sent to other charities and, also, given locally.
I am bookmarking you under Charity Quilts and will send you a quilt or two after our Japan push is done. But when will that need ever be over? Again, blessings to you.

beth lehman said...

This is so great - I loved the idea when I first read about it and love how God has moved in the hearts of so many. I love that when I worked on the first of two quilts for a set of twins I was able to pray for that boy and his life - I'm on to starting the second quilt for their birthday in July and will be sending off some string blocks, too.

Tanya said...

Way to go! That is a lot of quilting and a lot of love!

Clair said...

I have heard so much about you from my sister Amanda from Crazy Mom Quilts. What a great thing to spend your time doing...helping others. I would love to win.

MamaZoom said...

I hadn't heard of your charity until today. I was reading Crazy Mom Quilts and she mentioned you. I have a stack of quilt tops that have been looming over me - paralyzing me with the amount of time they would take to complete. I am soooo excited to send 5 of them off to you wonderful people so they can do what they were made to do.
I also have some novelty prints that someone gave me that I just don't have inspiration to use. They would be great for kids and so into the box they go!
I am so very happy to have found you :)

stitchinpenny said...

What an a mazing number of things you have done. I don'tg have a child appropriate quilt right now unless you want a baby quilt in wild colors I made from the test squares for my daughters quilt. By wild I mean not good wild. I drew all the colors from the same collection, they just don;t look good together.

susiloci said...

Felicidades por vuestro gran trbajo.
Es muy especial poder ayudar a tanta gente,

Laura said...

this is an amazing orgainzation! Congrats!

www.sewrayme.co.uk said...

I'd love to enter.

Entry #1 :)

Janie said...

How exciting!

janiebt at gmail.com

Stevens Family said...

Congratulations! I am so thankful I found your site. I will be sending a forgotten quilt top that needs someone to love it.

Laura said...

I shared the news with all my friends on twitter!

Stevens Family said...

I am for sure posting this on my quilting forum. Must tell everyone that can help spread the love

Stevens Family said...

And finally - thank you for all you've done. Thank you for the sunshine you've created in other people's storms

robin said...

I've just come across your blog. Looking forward to reading more in the future. :)

Katie said...

Wow!! What amazing work you've done and what great supporters you have. I have just gotten into quilting and so far have finished one quilt. When I become more proficient i will send you a quilt top for sure. Keep up the great work you do. I will tell all my friends about you on facebook
mknield @ gmail . com

robin said...

I tweeted about this @birdie00000

Beth Jackson said...

what a cool project! I will be sure to follow your work closely!

elmiller33(at)gmail(dot)com

patchworkchronicles.com said...

Once you hit the airways, I think you will be bombarded with help because MHC is such a heartfelt project.
I have sent 2 quilts to MHC and put it on my calendar as something I want to do each year. I find myself thinking and praying for the family all the time I am preparing the quilt. When I share the story of what I am doing with others, they are just as touched as I am. Seems like such a simple thing to do, and yet has so much impact. Thank you for the opportunity to share in this love.

Ella said...

I just started quilting. If I turn out anything usable, I'll try to send a top your way!

Cammie said...

What a wonderful foundation! Thanks for being so inspirational!


theredkiwi (at) yahoo (dot) com

Jill said...

Keep up the good work!!!

Anya said...

Congratulations! I'll see if I can come up with a quilt top to send you!

Christy said...

Wow! 1000 quilts is an awesome accomplishment. Congrats!

Laura said...

I am in awe of your service and dedication! You are truly a wonder!

Lisa said...

Wow, what a great thing you are doing! This is the first I have heard of your program.

Laura said...

I tweeted about your great achievements and giveaway!

Pam said...

Congratulations on a thousand quilts!

Deb said...

What a wonderful charity. Happy anniversary on all counts! I hope you get lots of quilt tops....I don't have one to send but I hope many other people might!

Pam said...

I posted about this on my blog

cakegirl said...

You two are inspirational. I will send a quilt as soon as I get one finished.

Kathy said...

This is the first I have heard about your group and love that you are reaching out to children whose parents are in prison.

qltmom9 said...

THANK YOU for all you do in service to others.

patty a. said...

I am going to dig thru my tops tonight (I am am at work right now) and send you some. I will post the tops I am sending and your blog address tomorrow on my blog. Congratulations on reaching your 1000th and helping to comfort so many.

sarahbethe said...

This is the first time I've stumbled on this blog and am really impressed with everything you've done. Congratulations on such a big milestone!

Alex said...

Congrats on 4 awesome years!

Lindsey F. said...

Congratulations on 4 years and 1000 quilts. I am always looking for charity quilt sites so I have bookmarked yours for the next time I have a finished quilt to donate.

kylaparker said...

I'll be sending you an unfinished quilttop. Hope it reaches you in one piece and in time coz I'm sending it from Germany. And I wrote about it in my blog. It's wonderful what you are doing in His name. Bless you.

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wendy scrappings said...

Wow, 1000 quilts that have been send. How great is that.

Love what you do for those kids. And blessings to all of you who are so kind to volunteer to do this.

I posted a post on my blog to spread the word. I don't have quilt tops, because I'm just not good at that. I do sow, but I have a very old sewing machine on which I am learning to sow a bit better than I am now. So sorry that I can't send any quilt.



http://wendyscrappings.blogspot.com/2011/04/margarets-hope-chest-giveaway-until.html

Denise in PA said...

I just found your site and blog from Amanda Jean's blog. What a wonderful cause - I will send either an unfinished top or finished quilt to you. I'll also make sure to tune in to see you interview - how exciting!

Stray Stitches said...

I just now found your blog and your wonderful organization. Believe it or not I do not have a quilt top just hanging around. However, you will be on my list for donations in the future! Thanks for the opportunity to enter your fantastic giveaway.

Cecilia said...

what a wonderful job you do!

Tara said...

This is such a great cause and a blessing to those children! And 1000 quilts is such a huge accomplishment, Congratulations!

tarapage22(at)gmail(dot)com

zizzybob said...

I just looooove blog giveaways. Please put my name in the hat, or bucket or on the list.......

Mary P said...

Congratulations on your big milestone!

Stacia said...

Heard about you from Amanda Jean's website. I look forward to your continued success. I'm a newbie quilter...hope to donate one in the future...

Sherry said...

Congratulations on the anniversary, the giving milestone & the upcoming move.

I don't really need to win the giveaway because I have WAY more fabric than one person needs.

I am in the process of making 2 quilts for Wrapped in Hope -- they aren't due until later this year.

God's blessings for you & your family.

Sherry V.
crazyquiltpatcher AT yahoo DOT com

Crafty Mama said...

Congratulations on all the big news!
I've sent it several quilts/quilt tops. Last year I made 3 quilts for children of prisoners and am doing 2 so far this year. I'm so glad to be able to something to help those in need. I really feel that God has blessed me with quilting so that I can bless others and seeing how happy the children are who recieve these quilts blesses me as much as them, I think☺

Katie said...

That is so neat!! All of it.

I sent a generic quilt to you a few years ago to give away, plus I have made 2 quilts for the Wrapped In Hope project. I also just posted on my Facebook page and I've had your link thingy on my blog for as long as it's been available. I don't know how many entries that equals, but I'm happy to be a part of MHC!c

Dorothy said...

What exciting news this is! I'm a proud newcomer to Margaret's Hope Chest -- I came across your web site very accidentally (while reading a quilting blog). My three quilts for "birthday kids" are in the planning stages. My passion for quilting is making quilts for kids in need -- and I've done many, so this fits right in! I've passed your site on to friends in my local quilting circle. Keep up the good work!

cathy said...

I think it is amazing what you are doing. As soon as I finish a top I will send it on. I am a beginner quilter. However, in the meantime, please register me for your giveaway.

Karen said...

Congratulations, what a great success. I shared on my facebook wall on what an amazing group this is!!

Karen said...

I am sharing this group with my friend who is the president of a guild in California....keep on with this awesome project!!

Karen said...

I am sharing this group with my friend who is the president of a guild in California....keep on with this awesome project!!

Peaceful Piecer said...

I just found your blog....what wonderful work you do. Thanks for a chance to win.

Lynn said...

How about some completed quilts can I send those to you (without being for a specific child)? I've sent a quilt and am working on another now for May. I've blogged about mhc recently and will do so again of course.

Stray Stitches said...

I included your giveaway in my blog today:
http://straystitches1.blogspot.com/2011/04/birdies-and-buttons.html

Anne said...

What a wonderful way to reach out and touch the heart of a child. I didn't know about Margaret's Hope Chest until today. Looking forward to watching the interview.

Joan B. said...

Congratulations on reaching 1000 quilts! WOW!

Joan B. said...

I'm mailing you 2 quilt tops today! Keep up the good work! Please enter me in your drawing. Thanks!

mary said...

Last summer I sent a quilt for a little girl's birthday thru Wrapped in Hope and my daughter and I also sent a box of quilts for your on going quilt giveaway project. You do wonderful work!

Sarah Paisley and Plum said...

Very cool - just found your blog through crazymomquilts. Overseas now, but will definitely try to send some tops when I get back to the states. Good luck on tv.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

This sounds like a wonderful ministry. I just sent three completed quilts to Japan via Quilters Newsletter too. Thanks for such a generous giveaway.

becsbags said...

Hi! Just found you from CrazyMomQuilts! Such a great organization.

Candy said...

My daughter moved to Grand Rapids (from California) to raise a family many years ago. It is a really great place. When I read about what you had done in your grandmother's honor a few months ago, via amandajean, I thought, wow. So many great ideas have come from this small town, it's a wonderful community! God is good all the time; all the time, God is good.

When I have something to send I will. I read about quilting more than I actually quilt!

Congratulations on your milestone, 1000 quilts. And I look forward to seeing you on the Mother's Day special. God bless you all!

Rachel said...

I have sent 4 quilts to Wrapped in Hope kids so far (LOVE this program, by the way!) Can't wait to see you on The Talk! Please let us know the date, so I can TiVo it :)

quiltma said...

I haven't donated to your cause.
I donate to Project Linus and due to budget I can't add another cause (even a great one like yours)
Our local Project Linus did do a drive and donated quilts to a the kids of inmates at a local womens prision. I was fortunate enough to get to go along and let the inmate see the quilt (made as close as poss to the childs likes)and help them write a message to enclose with the quilt.
Guess I need to win the lottery (which I don't play) so I can quit work, stay home and sew for charities. After all God gave us the gift to do it so it's only fair to share our gift.

rxm0m said...

I love reading your website.
What a generous giveaway!
CONGRATULATIONS on your 4 year anniversary...WOW

Lisa Marie said...

Wow, this is a wonderful thing you are doing. Blessings to you and your loved ones.

Maureen said...

I discovered MHC last year and knew I had to become a volunteer. I have sent fabric, been part of the bee and am making 2 wrapped in hope quilts this year. I will be sending a quilt top and I have shared about MHC on my FB page. It is so wonderful to be a part of a group that is joining God in His work; may He receive all the glory!

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad that you help people with the gift of quilts.

sandyandcosmo said...

I have never heard of your organization but what a wonderful idea. Now I'll have to see if I have any unfinished quilt tops lying around!

Marcia W. said...

Each time I read your blog name I think of my mother, Margaret, and the many quilts she's made and given away. I'm a relatively new quilter and have made a batch of lap quilts for our church to donate. It's so small compared to all that your group has done. Congratulations on reaching the gi-normous milestone of One Thousand quilts and four years of work. Best Wishes for a great show with your Mom!

Marcia W. said...

For my second entry, I definitely told my mother Margaret about your groups achievements. God is good ALL the time. Congratulations.

Wendy said...

What a lovely idea! Beautiful :D

Magpie Sue said...

I DID a top to send! So far I haven't found the address (I'm sure I have it around here somewhere); can you please email it to me?

sue niven said...

What a great inspiring post! I have not yet made a quilt but this inspires me to at least try, i do make toys for charity however, and that is my sewing experience.

sue niven said...

I have blogged about it

sue niven said...

Thanks for a chance to win, I have blogged about it.

Ginger said...

Congrats on the show.

My girls loved the quilts, they received them last year. You all are a huge blessing for me and my family. So giving and talented. Thank you again for everything.

Elizabeth said...

Wow - what an amazing milestone! Many congratulations and thank you for the giveaway.

Cassie said...

Good luck with the show appearance, I can only imagine how nerve racking that is for you guys. I am sure you will do great though! You guys are doing wonderful things for people all over with giving them quilts and I am sure your appearance on the show will only increase how many people you touch.

Cassie said...

I've blogged about your giveaway and good news!
http://birdolovemoo.blogspot.com/2011/04/some-wednesday-giveaways.html

deserae said...

Great giveaway! :)

Nadilah Sungkar Magee said...

Congrats on 1000 Quilts!

Linda E in AZ said...

Congrats on your 4th year anniversary! I am involved with making community quilts through our local quilt guild and understand how much joy quilts can bring into others' lives.

Quiltin' Sandy said...

Congratulations on the wonderful work you are doing. I have just happened upon your blog and have now become a follower. I look forward to reading your posts. Sandy.

MoeWest said...

Congratulations! I just found your blog.

MoeWest said...

I tweeted to spread the word.
http://twitter.com/#!/MoeWest/status/56449528617897984

Catskill Quilter said...

CONGRATS on one THOUSAND quilts donated! What a fabulous accomplishment! I appreciate finding a place that I can send quilt tops to -- no longer have an easy time of sandwiching and sewing the whole thing together, so that is good news.

Linda said...

You do such wonderful work! Thank you for the chance to win.

lmangini@iinet.net.au

CB Mauro said...

I have made two quilts for kids in the Wrapped in Hope Program. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to win!

Chiska said...

I just found you through the swap at Sew in Peace. I can't tell you how what you're doing has touched me. I'm sending a small quilt top to you today.

April (Polkadot Sparrow) said...

I helped out at a sewing day last summer, which was so much fun! Hopefully you'll have another one that I can attend and do some more quilting. :)

April (Polkadot Sparrow) said...

Also, I sent a quilt topper. :)

April (Polkadot Sparrow) said...

AND, I'd love to win some yellow pins so this will be my entry of "just leaving a comment" and saying something nice:

You guys have done a spectacular job and it's so wonderful to be able to read and hear about the people whose lives have been touched through your generosity. Go MHC!!

AJH said...

Hi MHC Team,
Very exciting post! I couldn't help but brag about your cool opportunity to talk about your experience, your mission and your work on tv (and my big question for Tony was: "What do you think she's going to wear???" To which he said nothing, but definitely rolled his eyes...)

It's been a blessing to be able to be part of your message of hope. I sent you the one and only quilt I have ever made, to support your winter drive for homeless students in the Grand Rapids School District. Quilting and thinking about the cause really reminded me of how fortunate our family has been--how much we have to be grateful for.

Thanks and best wishes for the next thousand quilts.

Love,
Christene

Me said...

Congratulations guys! I just sent off two squares for our quilting bee and am sending off two more this week. For July and Oct. I am making two quilts for two sweet kids "wrapped in love". You guys truly are God's hands. Love, Lisa Morse you have my email for when I win (smile)

Me said...

I just put your giveaway up on my blog. www.homegrownhalfpints.blogspot.com I have put up stuff on you guys before and I really hope my family and friends will be able to help in some way. Lisa Morse (once again you have my email when I win). SMILE

lorraine said...

I love the idea of 10 quilts to Japan. And then I switched over to your website and there it was on the front page. Jeremiah 29:11 thank you.

lorraine said...

I posted a message on my twitter account. thank you.

http://twitter.com/#!/laneycath/status/56925617639272448

laneycath

Carla said...

Congrats on all your BIG news!! I'm new to quilting and just cutting out my first quilt so I haven't donated any yet. But I really admire all your hard work. Thanks for a chance at your giveaway!

RobynK said...

1,000 quilts is one big milestone, congratulations to all those who've helped MHC achieve this! I hope the television appearance isn't too nerve wracking.

Jodi said...

Wow, 1000 quilts in 4 years is pretty mind blowing stuff. Congratulations. I am very new to the quilting world, haven't even finished my first block for my first quilt yet. But I am amazed by the generosity of spirit, the kindness and the friendship I have found both in the real world and in the blogging world of quilters and embroiderers. It is such a blessing in my life and hopefully I can bless others as I travel along this path. Will definitely be following Margaret's Hope Chest and seeing if I can help as I get some finished quilt tops I can share.

Jodi said...

I have a fiber art group I go to (very casual in the garden of a friend) and I will definitly mention this to the quilting ladies when I see them this week.

Carmen said...

Wow 1000 quilts! I am amazed! You guys do fanastic work and are really inspirational!

carmenvm@web.de

Becky said...

Congratulations! What an extraordinary accomplishment. This is my first time hearing about Margaret's Hope Chest (information received through Crazy Mom Quilts blog) and I put a quilt top in the mail to you earlier today. I made that top about a year ago and it has been sitting in a closet, waiting for a home. After reading about your organization I thought it would much more appreciated if I gave it to you to share. Thank you so much for letting me be a part of your mission!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! I've donated quilt tops to MHC before and plan to send you more this month. I'll follow this up with an e-mail so you will have my contact information. Thanks for the opportunity.
Jeanine C.

Debra said...

I think it's great what you are doing. I wish my quilting skills were up to par to participate!

Debra said...

I tweeted @lealee!

Rachel said...

I'm going to get busy working on some quilt tops to send you!

Rachel said...

I emailed my mother in law about your post! My email is radasa873 [at] gmail [.com]

Heather said...

Wow, wow, wow! So much great news in one post. Congratulations on 4 years of amazing service! Your dedication is amazing and inspiring. I'm so happy to have had the opportunity to help, starting with two quilt tops for the Hope Squared project, and later by making a quilt for one of your Wrapped in Hope kids and most recently taking part in the Wrapped in Hope quilting bee. It has been a joy and an honor to serve. :)

I mentioned your giveaway in my blog post today!
http://needles-and-pens.blogspot.com/2011/04/rather-large-bump-in-road.html

Take care!

Heather said...

Forgot to mention, I LOVE "The Talk" and can't wait to see you on there! Be sure and let us know when it will air! I'll be praying for ya. ;)

Lisa Marie said...

I have just put a quilt top in the mail to you. It's coming from Kentucky, so it should arrive in 2 or 3 days. Thanks for helping those in need.

Kat said...

I've sent in 3 quilts to various kids in the birthday program. Thanks for the giveaway!

Deanna said...

Heat press is good stuff--it really helps stretch that batting! You do good work!

angelina said...

this is very generous, thank you!

Michelle T said...

I enjoy reading your blog!
michelletripper(at)yahoo(dot)ca

Anonymous said...

I am blessed to be volunteer for MHC. In April, I provided a "football" theme quilt for a young man in Georgia. I'm finishing up a "girly" quilt for a 10 year old girl right now with a late May birthday. I love this ministry and I'm proud to serve with you in honor of your late Grandma.
Janelle from Maryland

catt410 said...

Wow 1000 quilts fantastic. I have sent a quilt to a child. I have blocks sitting here for your quilting bee waiting to be mailed out :)
cattt410@yahoo.com

Nicole said...

Thanks for hosting such a great giveaway, and in honor of such a worthy cause! I sent a quilt top to Margaret's Hope Chest about 2 years ago. It was a small colorful batik windmill top, which was sitting around in my sewing closet for ages. I was so happy to have it go to a good cause! Keep up the wonderful work!

nicole said...

I sent in a quilt top.....hope someone really loves it!

nicole said...

2nd comment for submitting a quilt top

nicole said...

1 comment for reading....i love what you are doing!! keep it up!

Lynn said...

I think I'm at 6enteries. I've made for mhc and I've just sent a box to you with finished quilts. I'm going to mention my current quilt for mhc in my next post and I did in my last one! Thanks so much, fun giveaway. I've enjoyed reading the comments and seeing so many people share with mhc.

suzanne from bend oregon said...

thank you for all your hard work and the generous giveaway! i've made 2 quilts for wrapped in hope and i'm making another one for breyanna who's birthday is in may.

Kristen said...

I just learned of you today and hope to be able to send you a top, although probably not by the end of April. Great work!

raebeth said...

Congratulations & God Bless You on your continuing work! I 1st heard about your mission from Craftsanity, for the Hope Squared project for 400 quilts for Christmas. I amazed myself & put together a quilt from materials on hand & in less than a week I had a quilt in the mail to you! You have inspired me to continue to do what I can with what I have & have since made 4 quilts for variuos charities. Thank you for helping us to help others!

KatieQ said...

I learned about your project from Anne Marie of Gen X Quilter's post on Stash Manicure today. Congratulations on reaching the 1,000 quilt mark. I am delighted to learn about your work and I look forward to sending a quilt to be a part of the next 1,000 quilts.

KatieQ said...

I learned about your project from Anne Marie of Gen X Quilter's post on Stash Manicure today. Congratulations on reaching the 1,000 quilt mark. I am delighted to learn about your work and I look forward to sending a quilt to be a part of the next 1,000 quilts.

yarntales said...

Wow! I never knew about this. I saw it on someone's blog. This is very exciting. I will share it as well.

Betteem said...

HAPPY 4TH ANNIVERSARY! I am getting a quilt top ready to send you. Thanks for all your good work! Betty

Carol E. said...

What great fun! Those tops you have received so far are beautiful!!! I can DEFINITELY find some tops to send you. And in the past I have sent at least one top, and I sent a quilt to a young boy last year for the prison project.

You are doing great work!

Anonymous said...

Three quilt tops plus bonus blocks are on its to you. You should receive them by the beginning of next week. Thanks for finishing my UFOs for me.
Jeanine C.

Carol E. said...

I am sending you a box with several tops in it, and I mentioned your project on my blog, April 21.

http://giraffedreams.blogspot.com

Pattilou said...

Congrats to you on the success of the work you've been doing for the past 4 years. I've sent two quilts to your project last year. I have some tops to get into the mail for you next week--so glad to see them get DONE!

marsha said...

I accidently ran across your blog. What a wonderful idea. I can't wait to send a quilt. Thank you so much for everything you do.
Marsha

Pat said...

What fun! and a great way to celebrate your anniversary and quilt drive!
First: Last year I sent a few completed quilts your way.
Second: I just sent a few more completed quilts your way...look for them to arrive at your doorstep very soon! sorry...no tops :)
Third: I blogged about YOU today (www.bellcreekquilts.blogspot.com) and Fourth: Your ministry is a wonderful outreach. (my nice comment :))

JoAnne said...

Do you mean to tell me that I can send you these quilt tops and I won't have to look at them an feel guilty that I have not finished them? Done! Now, I just have to see where I send them! I just got here from Stash Manicure.

I've made so many quilt for charity but don't think I'll finish all of these tops. God bless you!

Anonymous said...

I congratulate you on your success on your blog. I would love to win your package as it would help with my charity quilting for an assisted living place where my son is.
Teresa
tshquilts@msn.com

jennifer said...

Have a nice Easter:)

David said...

Just found your blog--I have worked on quilts for kids in hospitals. Your ministry is amazing! Congrats!!

Kathy T. said...

Congratulations on 4 years of bringing comfort to others! May God continue to bless your ministry.

Sara said...

I dropped off a baby quilt top and backing last week. Previously I have given you 14 tops and 6 finished quilts.

I really am glad that I DON'T have to do the quilting. Kudoes to your happy quilters who do the finishing for me!

Glad to hear that this project hasa ramped up so much since last summer's workshop. Another this year?

Kathy T. said...

I just finished taping up my box to mail, so here are my entries:

I have now posted two messages on my blog with pictures of the top I am sending in and a finished quilt that is in the same box. I have shared this news with my on-line quilt guild, and posted a comment here.
Thank you again for the opportunity to share in this remarkable project.
My second blog entry is here (and it has a link to the previous post):
http://quiltingwithelves.blogspot.com/2011/04/another-box-ready-to-go.html

Sandra said...

Congratulations on reaching the 1,000th quilt milestone! I've been wanting to get involved in your ministry for quite some time. For my contribution, I'll be mailing two finished baby quilts next week, along with the 4 blocks I made for the Quilting Bee. I also posted info about the MHC giveaway on my blog. May God richly bless your efforts:)

Ask a Nurse Now said...

This post is dedicated to my Great Grandmother Nanny Frost who passed away at the dear age of 90. My fond memories of her quilts brought tears to my eyes as I'm reading this blog. The joy your quilts bring to others will continue to touch their hearts as my Great Grandmothers have mine!
It is my wish to learn how to quilt, to show my daughters & continue our families heritage for many generations on.

I will be sure to share this on my blog and site: AskaNurseNow.info as we focus on nurturing the soul as a part of improving ones health. Giving to others has been proven to be a key to happiness and general well-being. Wishing you all best of luck!