Why is this lady smiling? Because we told her to. No, really. This is Lou Ann Wise from Chesapeake, Virginia, who periodically drives up to Fairless Hills, PA to deliver quilts she has made for the children.
Pictured here are the 17 quilts she delivered today, which brings her total up to 102!
In the second photo you can see her trusted helper, Buddy, who sits with her as she sews and keeps her company on the drive. What a sweetheart!
Binding is actually my favorite part of quilting. Aside from jubilation that the project is almost finished, I find it very relaxing to hand-sew those tiny little blind stitches. My corners are getting quite good, but every now and then, one just doesn't come out right.
I wish I could have attended Bonnie's Better Bindings class!
Silicon Valley Chapter Leader, Bonnie Stearns, the best binder around, offered to teach a class called "Bonnie's Better Bindings" at Paula Ivers shop, The Granary.
Thirteen students responded and paid a total of $325 for the class, which Bonnie and Paula donated to the chapter...better bindings and a donation all rolled into one!
Bonnie says she's be happy to share the blurb and hand-out she wrote if other chapters would like to use them for their own classes.
Contact her at siliconvalleyQFK@gmail.com.
Sometimes asking for money is not easy, but getting the word out about QFK in your local community is so important. Barb Lucas, chapter leader of San Antonio Military Chapter just sent us a photo of her receiving a donation from Pursch Motors representative, Bessie Escobar.
I asked her for some pointers I could share with other chapters.
Her main suggestion: open your mouth and ask! She acknowledges that she is a born salesperson, like her dad, but when you passionately believe in a cause it's not so intimidating to approach local businesses.
She also suggests sending photos and articles to your local paper on a regular basis and speaking to community groups such as Rotary.
So, today I've heard about a donation from a local business and a quilt raffle to raise money. Anyone with other ideas? Let us know!