Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Wrapped in Hope 2012 List is Up!!!

Hello everyone out there in Blogland!!  Hope you are all looking forward to a wonderful day of THANKS this Thursday.  Of course, in Bermuda it is not a holiday but there are scores of people here who like America enough to celebrate it anyway!  Our family will go the Aquarium, have a picnic lunch and a traditional Thanksgiving dinner in the evening--at least that is the plan right now.  
So, just in time I have posted the new Wrapped in Hope 2012 list here on this blog and also HERE.  If you are interested in quilting for one of these precious children (looks like some fun choices available!) please e-mail me and I will send you all of the information you will need.  If you are new to Margaret's Hope Chest and Wrapped in Hope, you can read more about this program HERE.
Lord willing, I will have some more sweethearts to add to the list very soon--but God needs to connect a few more dots :) until then, we have 36 children to serve--blessings!!!


January 10--Orianne (female) will be 3--brown and pink, polka dots Jill

January 18--Oren will be 5--red, black, superheroes Tina

January 20--Elessia will be 10--pink, purple, turtles, butterflies Brittany

January 24--Rachael will be 16--pink, back, red  Carol


February 9--Tyler will be 10--cars (not the movie) blue

February 13--Alyssa will be 13--hot pink, Hello Kitty and Zebra print (twin with Alessandra)

February 13--Alessandra will be 13--red, Paris, cheetahs (twin with Alyssa)

February 19--Jacob will be 2--blues, browns, and Goofy Teresa

February 24--Giuliana will be 6--purple Lynn

February 24--Dartavius will be 10--basketball, blue, red

MARCH 2012

March 1--Chauncey will be 18--cheerleading, blue gold

March 8--DeMariay will be 10--legos, baseball, basketball, soccer

March 26--Isis will be 11--pink, soccer, peace signs Janet

March 27--Dominique will be 18--blue, Colts (football team) Brittany

March 28--Nayla will be 7--yellow, pink Anita

March 30--Aaliyah will be 8--hearts, purple, light blue Dorothy

APRIL 2012

April 4--Taeler will be 9--purple and black, or teal, birds, peace signs, stars Catherine

MAY 2012

May 5--Tre will be 13--dogs, cats, football, blue, black, white Sherry V.

May 12--Dion will be 18--green, Patriots football team

May 19--Corey will be 13--football Katie

May 24--Addison will be 1--zebra, lime green, hot pink Dorothy

JUNE 2012

June 3--Ebony will be 18--pink, Winnie the Pooh

June 10--Mariha will be 9--fashion, music, purple, light blue Carol

June 18--Tahoni will be 10--blue, cheerleading

June 22--Luke will be 7--red and black, skateboards, Chargers (football team) Kelsey

June 29--Ethan will be 10--black, red, gray, soccer Catherine

JULY 2012


August 1--Dayvhoun will be 11--black, gray, blue, orange, dogs, tigers, elephants, cats, football, baseball, basketball (twin with Dayjon) Christene

August 1--Dayjon will be 11--red, black, green, blue, lions, tigers, dogs, football, basketball, soccer (twin with Dayvhoun)Christene

August 12--Darius will be 14--any colors, please put his name on the quilt somewhere. Sherry V.

August 27--Juicy will be 10--shopping and drawing


September 5--Rell will be 11--red, green, football, cheetahs, black

September 15--Areal(female) will be 12--basketball, gymnastics, football, soccer, yellow, purple, blue, puppies Joan


October 9--Tony will be 11--fishing, bike riding, all sports Sherry V.

October 30--Gabriella will be 4--pink, purple, brown, puppies and polka dots Char


November 2--Alyssa will be 7--pink, purple, hearts Vicky

November 14--De'Marco will be 11--red, black, gold 

November 27--William will be 12--blue, green, gold


December 13--Taleia will be 6--purple, butterflies, Barbie, princesses Sherry V.

December 15--Destiny will be 2--Winnie the Pooh, pink, some green, flowers, and her name Maureen

December 25--Bobby will be 11--wrestling, Nascar

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

My 3 Wishes

I wish......
that my rotary mat wasn't locked away in a long term storage facility in Hagerstown, MD....
that I could quilt and homeschool my kids at the same time....
that I could play around with these fabrics today and start creating quilts for my two little boys...


Monday, November 14, 2011

Wrapped in Hope 2012

The middle of November means many different things to many different people--it may signal the beginning (or ending) of Christmas shopping, it may mean it's time to nail down the Thanksgiving dinner menu--and for crafters it may produce a sort of anxiety over those unfinished homemade Christmas gifts.
For us at Margaret's Hope Chest it means it is time to pull out the ever growing list of birthdays for 'Wrapped in Hope' and share them with our faithful volunteers.  January birthdays are right around the corner and I want to give everyone ample time to plan ahead.
At this point, our list is smaller than last year--we have a smaller group of kids from the Atlanta, GA area that we are serving this year.  The other names on the list have come to me through a few different avenues:
1. Prison Talk (an online support group for families of the incarcerated)
2. Word of mouth--some of the families who have received quilts over the past 2 years are sharing what we do with their friends.
3. Prisoners that we are meeting in the prison giveaways are sharing our program with other inmates.
I see God's hand in all of this and know that he will send us the people that he wants us to serve.

If you are new here and what to know the process of this program here are the guidelines that I send each quilter when they sign up for a child:
1. Please make the quilt with at least one of the interests that are listed.  Minimum size of the quilt should be 40X60.  Quilts can be tied or quilted.  Make sure the quilt is clean before sending--no pet hair etc.
2. Start the quilt whenever you choose--but the quilt must be finished 2 weeks prior to the birthday.  2 weeks before the birthday please post a picture of it on the Flickr site and e-mail Carin.  If you don't know how to load pictures onto Flickr--please e-mail a picture of the quilt to Carin and she will add it for you.
3. Please add a small birthday card with the quilt.  Add the message that the parent has provided (see below)
4. Please don't add any extra gifts with the quilt.  Many of the children have siblings who are also receiving a quilt this year and we would like to keep everything as equal and fair as possible.
5. Please don't delete this e-mail because it has the mailing address for your child and what the birthday card message should be.  I do have a hard copy of this information so if you do lose it I can provide it to you again.
6. You will be sending the quilt directly to the child but we ask that you use Margaret's Hope Chest mailing address as the return address--just in case there is trouble.  That address is: MHC  630 Griswold SE  Grand Rapids Michigan 49507. 
7. After sending more than 200 quilts through the United States Postal Service over the past 3 years- a word of advice--consider paying the extra 70 cents for DELIVERY CONFIRMATION.  It gives you the piece of mind that the quilt arrived when and where it should have.  Many of the families will send a thank-you e-mail to me when they receive the quilts but many do not--and that leaves the quilter worrying that it was never received.  Plus, it seems that packages with the delivery confirmation get a little more attention and are delivered a bit faster :)
8.  If you have a blog where other quilters read we would love it if you would share your experience quilting for 'Wrapped in Hope' with them!
9. Have fun and don't hesitate to ask any questions!

A couple of 'housekeeping' items before I get to the list.
1. I will be sending you all the information about the child right away this year.  Please don't delete the information.  I ran into a problem this year after the addresses for all of the children were accidentally packed up in my household goods when I moved out of Toronto.  There are a handful of children who will not receive their quilt this year because of the error I made--I don't want this to ever happen again--so I am taking new measures to insure that.
2. If you sign up to make a quilt and then for some reason can't carry through with the task--please, tell me as soon as possible.  I have always found someone else to make the quilt but the more time I have the better.
3. Each year, a couple of the families on the list disappear off the face of the earth and the quilts are not able to be delivered. That is sad-and I always feel bad when it happens--but please be aware that is does happen.
4. Later this week I will update the 'Wrapped in Hope' blog with the full list of birthdays--this list is just for January, February, and March birthdays.
5. If you would like to choose one of the kids I have listed please e-mail me.

Wrapped in Hope 2012 Jan-March

January 18--Oren will be 5--red, black, superheros Tina
January 20--Elessia will be 10--pink, purple, turtles, butterflies, cheerleading, dancing-Brittany
January 24--Rachael will be 16--pink, black, redCarol
February 19--Jacob will be 2-blues, browns, and Goofy
February 24--Giuliana will be 6--purple Lynn
February 24--Dartavius will be 10--basketball, blue, red
March 1--Dominique will be 18--cheerleading, blue, gold
March 8--DeMariay will be 10--legos, baseball, basketball, soccer
March 26--Isis will be 11--Pink, soccer, peace signs
March 27--Dominique will be 18--blue, Colts (football team)
March 28--Nayla will be 7--yellow, pinkAnita
March 30--Aaliyah will be 8--hearts, purple, light blue Dorothy

Monday, November 7, 2011

Quarterly Quilt Giving Update

Well, it's been a long quarter :) I believe the last time I reported on where our quilts have been going was in March- so lots to report here in November.
*100 quilts have been given to children on the 'Wrapped in Hope' birthday list.
*133 quilts have been given away at prison giveaways
*A quilt was given to 8 year old Hannah after her mom passed away.
*A quilt was given to John after a devastating stroke--it was unknown at the time whether or not he would live--but I am happy to tell you that he is at home making progress every day.
*10 quilts were sent to Japan through Quilter's Newsletter.
*3 quilts were sent to 3 sisters in California after a terrible car accident.
*A quilt was given to Anna--a young woman with leukemia
*A quilt was given to Holly for Mother's Day-one of her sons has passed away and the other has leukemia.
*5 quilts were given to homeless mother's in Grand Rapids for Mother's Day.
*2 quilts were given as part of the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day--Jamie in Maine and Johnnie in Alabama.
*A quilt was given to a couple who lost twin babies through miscarriage.
*A quilt was given to a Bosnian immigrant in the Grand Rapids area who was struck by a car while walking with her family.
*7 quilts were given to Safe Haven Ministries in Grand Rapids to honor the lives of 7 murder victims.
*A quilt was given to Deb as she endured chemo treatments for cancer.
*12 quilts were sent to an orphan's home in Guinea
*10 quilts were sent to organization that helps needy person in Traverse City Michigan.
*12 baby quilts are in process of going to a new orphanage in Costa Rica--they should arrive before Thanksgiving.

And so, as of today our grand total has jumped to 1265! Once again we are humbled and awed by the work that many hands have done in honor of my grandma.  Deepest thanks to all involved!

Upon seeing that my family has moved out of the country, some people have been wondering if Margaret's Hope Chest will be affected.  The answer is NO.  I actually started MHC when I lived in Armenia--I had a computer speed there that hardly let me load pictures onto the blog :) that was interesting.  Truth be told, I have never run MHC while living the the United States....maybe some day.  Our mailing address remains the same--that is my mom's house and she is not moving any time soon!
I have a nice computer speed here in Bermuda and I will continue to make quilts and send them back with whoever visits me and has room in their suitcase.  Thankfully, most of my work can be handled on the computer.  The only thing that will change is that I won't be able to make quilts for the 'Wrapped in Hope' birthday list because I don't have a way to mail them from here without paying $$$.
I am so thankful that there are so many reading this right now that will take up the slack for me :)

Friday, November 4, 2011

Beyond Thankful

Thanks to so many of you Margaret's Hope Chest will be traveling to a prison in Muskegon, Michigan tomorrow morning with 70 quilts!!! Can you believe that?  We only had about 15 quilts left after our giveaway in early Sept.  We put the word out--God arranged a few things and boom!  70 wonderful quilts to share with about 54 kids who will spend the day with their father in prison tomorrow. You can join me in praying for these fathers--they are excited and nervous to see their kids--some of these dads only get to see their children once a year (because of distance)--and some of them are serving a life sentence.  Tomorrow may be the only time they see their child face to face this year.  The quilt that they give their child will be a concrete reminder of them--and their love--and the power of forgiveness.  My mom will be traveling by herself tomorrow to share the love and mission of Margaret's Hope Chest.  I will be praying for her.
This will be the last giveaway of the year--but we are already looking forward to next year--it's never too early to start making kid quilts--because we never seem to have too many! Again, many thanks to those who sent us quilts over the past year for 'Wrapped in Hope'--this ministry is ALIVE and THRIVING because of you!!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Welcome to Our New Home!

 Welcome to our new home! 
The main living area is on the second floor--the first floor is the laundry, guest room, guest bath and school room. 
The second floor has a living room, 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, kitchen and dining area.
I will show you more areas of the house as soon as they are presentable.
Currently, the only room that is picture worthy is the school room because we start school tomorrow!

View from the deck--Atlantic Ocean and the rain comes from that direction

neighbor's house across the street

The view from my rocking chair

Construction across the street--reminds us of Armenian construction

Ready for school!

So where is my sewing room?? Yeah, that will have to wait.  Maybe by December?????
My husband drove up our street as I was taking pictures-Bermuda is left hand drive--totally confusing!

Showing off our milk purchase (??) a gallon of milk costs about $12!

View from the other direction

School room is the bottom windows