Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The Teddy Bear Project and a Link or 2

I was asked for alittle more info on the Teddy Bear Project from my pals Sue from the Magpies Nest , Judy from Stitch Along With Me, and Janet from Go Crazy With Me . So I thought I'd answer here. Our town is small so there's no red tape or "channels" to be got through for doing good deeds. It cracks me up sometimes to hear what people go through to GIVE THINGS to charitiable organizations... the requirements, applications, and background checks in order to bless others is out of hand. Thankfully, since we are a community oriented locale, we don't have that. People jump in here... no pomp. If there's a need, it gets done... no politics, no "I make a motion to accept", no bullshit.

So the guild went and bought a boatload of brand new teddy bears from a store in Marquette and asked that we make quilts for each bear. Minimum size is 24" x 24". The original idea was to donate to the St Vincent Christmas need, for the many down and out families here in the area. Well, as all good things grow, we've now decided to make this a year round project... the local hospital, county and city police, fire department, and shelter home will be supplied with the bears to give as needed... along with the continued supply to St Vincents. Some "little guy" will have a new buddy this holiday.. "Green Gene".


Over at Quilting Gallery there's an exhibition going on of quilts that were entered into the Living Healing Quilt Project. These quilts were created to show the experiences of the indigenous Native Indians as they were ripped from their families and sent to government "schools" in Canada. This practice was also done in the United States as well, under the guise of reform and religion. I hate this part of our history and know that there's no way that these attrocities can ever be repaid to these people. These quilts are very special so please click the logo below to see them.


Living Healing Quilt Project

Well, that didn't work.. so please click here for the link...

Living Healing Quilts.....

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Thanksgiving's going to be pretty low key here... the Detroit Lions have their chance to win or be beaten on the National front tomorrow. We'll be watching and I'm sure wanting to hit Coach Marinelli upside the head with a drumstick or 2. The prediction from this camp is if there's no win tomorrow , HE WILL BE FIRED...if not there's something rotten in Detroit, just like Kwame Kilpatrick. If it was you or me our checks would cease for such poor performance. D worked for "Henry" and he would have been canned by now... IOHO (in our humble opinion) What the heck is going on here????

5 comments:

lee said...

Hey - Thanks for your good comment at Dancing Crow. I know what you mean about the challenge being hard to get behind. Some felt oddly pointless, but even then I managed to produce some interesting things. I think that might be what makes it a challenge?!

In 2007 I challenged myself to make a fabric postcard a day, and mostly stuck to it. I am thinking maybe some central place to touch base for people that are continuing to work on stretching their artistic and crafting wings might work. I'm clearly still feeling this out!

Judy S. said...

Thanks for the info, Jane. Have a nice Thanksgiving! Stay warm....

Life Scraps and Patches said...

I really like your guild's project. The little bear in the green quilt is ever so sweet.

I'm really glad the Lions and the Bengals aren't playing each other this year. It would be just too humiliating for one team or the other.

Hope your low key Thanksgiving was a good one. Maybe watching a parade or two? A woman came into work today and said she picked up a turkey dinner for herself at Bob Evans on Wednesday and heated it up on Thanksgiving after the parades and she was so content about it. She said she even had leftovers.

Heather said...

Happy Thanksgiving. Your bear's quilt is beautiful, a lovely idea.

sparkle jars said...

I'm loving this bear project. :-)