In September we conducted a poll to find out what you’d like to see on the blog in the future. Many of you left comments about your desire to see more opportunities to contribute to charities through craft. This is important to us too, so we were happy to see that there were so many of you looking for ways to become sewing activists.

We were really excited when we heard about Quilting for Peace: Make the World a Better Place One Stitch at a Time. In the book, Katherine Bell turns the spotlight on 25 organizations that effect change through sewing. It includes stories about groups who provide bedding for the homeless, organizations who make quilts for soldiers, people who make items for Newborns in Need and many others. In addition to heart-warming tales of generosity and love, the book also includes 15 simple projects that you can make and give.

We were very inspired by the book and the encouragement to Get Involved, so we’ve planned a little Quilting for Peace effort of our own and we hope you’ll be a part of it. We have a post lined up every day this week and a thread in the forum for your discussion, questions, ideas and photos. We’ll also have a little contest during which you’ll have the opportunity to win some great prizes from Fiskars. Here’s what’s up:

On Wednesday Katherine Bell will be our guest. We’ve asked her a few questions about the book and what it means to be a sewing activist.

On Thursday we’ll tell you about Wrap them in Love, an organization that collects handmade quilts and distributes them to children around the world. We’ll give you some links to quick and easy quilt patterns and encourage you to make a quilt of any size for a child (of any size.) This project will run through January.

On Friday we’ll give you some information about Morsbags and a reader of SMS, The Green Bag Lady. Both have a goal of reducing our usage of paper and plastic grocery bags by giving away cloth bags. We’ll direct you to some bag tutorials and challenge you to a Grocery Bag Sew-Off. You’ll be doing the earth a favor and you might just win some great products from Fiskars in the process! This project will run through December 22nd.

So, we know you’re crazy busy with holiday preparations and festivities, but we do hope you’ll join the Quilting for Peace Team Sew,Mama,Sew! and help us spread a little love this season. Share a bit of your time and talents as a sewing activist. If you’d like to be a part of our team, please go to this thread in our forum and let us know that you’d like to participate (in one or both of our efforts.) As an extra incentive, one person who comments in the forum thread will win a copy of Quilting for Peace! (You don’t need to decide today. We’ll pick a winner and rally our team on Friday.)

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