If you’ve already read this and are back for details – I need to make a correction! Judy is actually looking for larger quilts. Her recommended size is 72″ x 72″. She requested no crib or lap quilts. Her contact in Chicago owns a shipping company and he is from Ukraine, so be assured they will do their best to send the quilts where they will be the greatest blessing. And now for the original post:
My friend Eileen (who was the inspiration behind our mask making efforts in 2020) contacted me with yet another way for quilters to help in a time of great need.
She recieved this email from Judy Gauthier of Bungalow Quilts in Ripon, WI.
|“Once again we find people that have been driven out of their homes. The fact is that they are cold. So what do we do as quilters? We solve world coldness! We do, I know we do. You as a community have proven to me that you care so let’s do this again. I can give out free fabric from the sale section of our shop if you will make a simple whole cloth or quilt as you go strip quilt. Come to the Bungalow and get the details. You can receive free fabric for making quilts for Ukrainian refugees. The simplest way to put these together is to do large pieces and quilt as you go. This will save you from having to pay a long-armer, but you do as you feel is the right way, but we have to act quickly. There is such a need.Click here for the quilt as you go instructions. Please consider helping. I will make sure that the quilts get to the shipping company in Chicago so that they are sent to the Ukraine.|
Judy was the organizer of the Top Stitch sewing event I participated in last August (to read the posts about that adventure simply type “Top Stitch” into the search bar on my blog). Judy and Eileen are both quilters who GET THINGS DONE! So Eileen called Judy and has offered to collect quilts from quilters in Southeastern Wisconsin.
To read about Judy’s plan on her website go to: https://www.bungalowquilting.com/quilts-for-ukraine/. Judy is requesting quilts measuring about 72″ x 72″, and prefers that they are quilted and not tied.
She has a Ukrainian contact in Illinois and will be driving the quilts to Chicago to be shipped to Ukraine at the end of March, because the need is NOW. Judy is also accepting cash donations for the cost of shipping and estimates it will be well over $1000. She is requesting checks be made out to Bungalow Quilting and sent to: Bungalow Quilting, 646 W Fond Du Lac St, Ripon, WI 54971. Her email is . Also, if you plan to donate a quilt and money for shipping, please send the check to Judy rather than placing it with your quilt for safety purposes.
Eileen has offered to be the collector for quilts from southeast Wisconsin, and she will get them to Judy in time for shipping. So, if you live in southeastern Wisconsin and would like to donate a quilt, they can be dropped off at two different locations anytime between now and March 31st.
The Log Cabin Sewing Company, 12520 W. Hampton Avenue, Butler, Wisconsin 53007. Donica will have a box for the donated quilts in the store. Her website is: https://www.logcabinsewing.com/
The Quilter’s Block, 1532 South Church Street, Watertown, WI 53094. Cory will have a box for the donated quilts in the store. His website is: https://www.thequiltersblock.com/
Thanks in advance to everyone who chooses to participate!