Iraqi Bundles of Love 2.1

This article is by International Quilt Festival on Tuesday, September 14, 2010.

We all know what big hearts quilters have! And we also know what big “stashes” most quilters have. Now is your chance to show off that big heart while sharing a bit of that big stash!

Iraqi Bundles of Love is a short-duration project that puts fabric and sewing (and knitting!) materials into the hands of women living in Salah ad Din, an area of Northern Iraq. These donated supplies are provided to two types of recipients: locals who desperately need these types of items, and local sewing co-ops and small businesses that have received grants or loans.

How can you help? Collect your extra fabrics, needles, threads, yarns—anything you’re willing to share—bundle them up, and place them into a flat-rate box for mailing. E-mail us at pubs2@quilts.comno later than October 1. to request the mailing address (due to regulations, it cannot be posted online), and place it in the mail

Once the package has arrived in Iraq, it will be opened and handed off for distribution in the Salah ad Din area. Even a small donation can have a huge difference in someone’s life!

See HERE for information on what to send. While any type of fabric would be gladly accepted, solid colors and simple prints are ideal. Green is a favorite color in the culture. And the bigger the better! Large pieces of fabric and bolts of yarn are needed. Fabric may be used for quilting, but will likely also be used for making clothing. You can even send pieces from unfinished projects (another thing most quilters have a lot of!).

For information on building your bundle, see HERE.

The project is also on Facebook HERE.

We hope that you’ll take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to help women currently living in a war zone. And remember to have your bundle in the mail by October 1.