thomas-knauer-sews-basics-quilt-driveBumble Bean Basics has made another call for quilts. They are always accepting quilts, but there is another distribution date set for December, so another push is on. This time the remarkable Pat Sloan is lending a hand to try to reach 400 quilts by Thanksgiving.

Wait, you may not know what Bumble Bean Basics is. The amazing Victoria Findlay Wolfe of Bumble Beans Inc and Basics Housing in the Bronx have teamed up to provide handmade quilts for warmth both physical and symbolic, to displaced families finally entering permanent housing. I love, love, love Victoria for doing this, and am so happy that she used the super early bits of Pear Tree that I sent her to make a baby quilt for Basics:

thomas-knauer-sews-bumble-bean-basics-quilt**Photo from Victoria

Victoria has me entirely convinced that I need to start playing with stars.

But, back to the point. If you can please send a finished quilt, any size, to be help a family transform a house (apartment) into a home. All the information you need is on the Bumble Bean Basics site.

Oh, and once I get the rest of my yardage of Pear Tree I’ll be giving two readers complet FQ bundles of Pear Tree on the condition that some of it be used to make a wonderful quilt to be sent to Bumble Bean Basics. Mix in some solids, or other prints from your stash, and there should be plenty there to make a quilt for yourself and one to share. I’ll be doing this with every collection I release for as long as Victoria continues collecting quilts.

Anyway, thanks for making the fabulous baby quilt Victoria, I love it, and thanks for doing what you do.


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7 Responses to Basics…

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    Victoria says:

    YIPPEEE! Thanks Thomas!! Boxes of quilts are coming in! I can’t wait to handout the next round of quilts to these families who are getting out of shelters and back into transitional housing. BASICS helps get them back ion their feet… A helping hand when it is needed most. They rely purely on donations…How great do you think it is to know a stranger MADE a quilt for you? HUGE!!! THANK YOU for all your help!

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    Kit says:

    I’ve never participated in Victoria’s drives as I’m Canadian and there’s lots of people to help here at home, and b: shipping a quilt to the US is prohibitively expensive (not quite as much as to Japan although I did send three quilts there after the tsunami but still, $40 is an amount of shipping that’ll give a girl pause, not to mention $35/metre for cotton batting, and $17 and up for fabric making any quilt I send worth a couple of hundred dollars); but like you, I LOVE that she does this and think it’s amazing that so many quilts have been collected since she started the initiative.

    So for those you reading this who are financially able – what a wonderful and meaningful way to donate.

    Glad you’re adding to the call, Thomas!

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    I have several quilts that I can send. Well, I think I do. I was going to send them to Anna Maria Horner for her Rainbow Around the Block project, but I’m quilting 20 tops that were sent to me for that project already, so my own quilts could easily go somewhere else.
    I’ve been looking for a new recipient for my quilts (I never keep anything I make). Thanks for sharing and spreading the word.

    • 3.1
      thomas says:

      That would be so profoundly awesome. It is a great organization doing amazing things. Thanks so much. We will need to talk before too very long… #Hugs

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    Amy McA says:

    Lovely fabric! I saw your line over at Hawthorne Threads.

    I would love to make some quilts for Bumble Bean Basics. LOL.. I’ll probably make some even if I don’t win some FQ from you.
    I had never heard of them before and thank you for highlighting them.

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      thomas says:

      Thanks so much. It is a great organization. When I get the rest of my yardage I’ll be doing a post about giving away FQ bundles. I’ll be using the handy-dandy random number generator, but I really gotta encourage everybody to send a quilt or two a long. It’s the perfect destination for those UFOs.

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    di says:

    That’s is a great idea, thanks for the chance to win some of your awesome fabric and also for the chance to sew for BBB!

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