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If you haven’t seen it, there’s a fabulous fundraiser going on at Handmade by Alisa

She writes “This is a fundraiser for Action Kivu, an organization in eastern Congo that runs a sewing workshop for victims of the conflict there. The conflict in Congo has taken the lives of over 5.4 million people since 1998. Rape is used as a weapon of war, with estimates putting the number of rapes in the hundreds of thousands.”

“Action Kivu provides some of the eastern Congo’s victims of violence with the opportunity to rebuild their lives on a foundation of hope, dignity, and economic self-sustenance. Their approach is spearheaded through two programs. First, they run a sewing workshop that teaches women who are victims of the conflict to sew. This leads them to be able to support themselves and their families. Secondly, they pay for children to go to school which is not free in Congo. It costs $40 a year, per child. That’s very little money that makes a big impact.”

More information here

She’s set a goal of $10,000 in donations – they were at a little over $7,500 when I gave yesterday, and a little over $9000.  That’s an amazing testament to the generosity of this online community.

I’ve been watching it all week, but finally got my act together to give yesterday:  if you can, head over there to contribute what you can. I know times are tough right now, but nothing reminds me of how fortunate I really am than making a donation, however small.

(And if you need an added incentive, she’s lined up some fabulous fabric prizes if you donate before Sunday 8/29 — think Heather Ross and Flea Market Fancy)

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Yesterday was warm colors, today (my preferred side of the color wheel) the cool colors:

Spring green improv patchwork blocks for Rainbow Around the Block

Light green: That front one with the dot's on the edge? My favorite.

Dark green square in square improv block for rainbow around the block

Just one dark green -- turns out I don't have as many scraps in this color

Aqua and turquoise  blocks for rainbow around the block

Turquoise: Color of the Year

Dark blue improv patchwork quilt block for rainbow around the block

Cobalt - great color, I need to use it more

Purple improvisational quilt blocks for rainbow around the block

Purple (or do you say Violet?) either way: out of my color comfort zone

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I found myself staring at my fabric stash, with a fabric order open on my laptop, contemplating new fabric I could buy, and decided I need a new practice in my quilting life. Because, much as I love fabric, and getting pretty new fabric, I hate mindless consumption.  (Modern American culture is full of it, and the world can’t take it anymore) So, new commitment: every time I order new fabric (or buy it at a local shop) I will stop and make a charity block from fabric I already own. A sort of “sewing grace”, if you will. A pause in the buying and a ritual to slow down and remind myself that I don’t “need” new fabric – just want it – I have plenty and not just of fabric.  A gentle practice to put my own buying back into perspective for myself.

So, here’s the first block:

modern square in square quilt block aqua with flower center

A modern square in square block headed for Anna Maria Horner’s Rainbow Around the Block which is making quilts for families in Tennessee effected by floods earlier this year.

rainbow around the block: charity quilt drive to help those effected by Tennessee floods

If anyone else wants to participate, details are here and blocks are due by Sept. 1 — And there’s a whole flickr pool of inspiration

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