In the last blog post I wrote about making quilts for an organization called Project Night Night. Since then my son, Eli, helped me put together our first night night package. We used his old Ikea sheets and pillowcases and turned them into a cheerful quilt. Best Ikea hack ever, right??? Then, he picked a book from his room and we bought a stuffed animal at Target. Both went along with the animal theme of our package This was such a nice project to do together, and an easy way to introduce my little guy to the idea of helping others.
You don't need sewing skills to contribute to Project Night Night. Get more information on their website.
I'm looking for textile donations and I'm hoping you can help! Please keep reading...
I came across this amazing organization when searching for volunteer opportunities to do as a family with our six year old son. Project Night Night creates "night night packages" consisting of a blanket/quilt, a stuffed animal, and a book for children living in homeless shelters. I'd love to regularly make quilts to fulfill the "blanket portion" of the night night package.
Here is how you can help:
Before you go to goodwill, send me any of the following items. They act as fabric to make quilts:
- mens button-down shirts, bed/crib sheets or pillow cases (your child may be done with Hello Kitty or Superman but it's perfect for another kid), or 100% cotton clothing with no stretch to them.
Please contact me if you have items you'd like to donate. I'll write you back with my address and a huge "THANK YOU!"
Even if you don't send me items, please take a look at the Project Night Night website and consider supporting them. If you have kids, putting together a package is an easy and wonderful activity to do together.
The NY chapter of the Moms Demand Action organization held it's first quilting bee over the weekend. Although not a member of the group, I was asked to participate and I'm so glad I did.
Moms Demand Action describes the project this way:
The “Mother’s Dream Quilt Project” will be a collection of quilts created from fabric submissions from around the country. Each quilt will contain at least one block composed of meaningful fabric from a victim or survivor of gun violence such as a piece of clothing or a beloved blanket. This “survivor block” will be surrounded by submissions from supporters expressing their collective sadness over too many lives ended by gunfire.
Since not everyone who participated this weekend knew how to use a sewing machine I helped out with the final step. Below are some examples of quilt blocks that I helped sew for other moms.
If you are interested in submitting a block or learning more about this project click the link below:
Moms Demand Action "Mother's Dream Quilt Project"
I'm Jenna; the owner of Memory Threads. I'll turn your meaningful clothing collection into a quilt full of sentiment and style.