Thursday, March 16, 2017

Spring 2017 Quilty Orphan Adoption Event

Quilting is more fun than Housework

It is time once again to dig through those cupboards and pass on those UFOs or piles of orphan blocks to someone who will finish them up!

Can you imagine how many projects are tucked away in tote just waiting to be finished?!  I know there are quite a few in just my sewing room alone.  Many of these projects are no longer loved and the initial enthusiasm to finish them is long gone.  We all tell ourselves we will get to it "Someday", but if we are honest with ourselves, we know there are just too many other projects we want to work on.

This Quilty Orphan Adoption event was created to get those projects into the hands of  quilters that will finish them and give them some much deserved attention.  And I can say from experience, it feels great to release the burden and move onto something you really want to work on!

Isn't this quilt lovely?  Diann over at Little Penguin Quilts shared a great story about a project she adopted last fall.  It will be going to a silent auction soon and I have no doubt it will do well!

If you want to see a couple more quilts that were finished using adopted blocks, you can check out my event announcement post.  It is amazing what can be made from discarded projects!

Orphan Adoption Event
March 16th, 2017 through March 18th, 2017

Here are some more details:

1.  I am going to ask that any "orphan" linked up must be given away for free.  (If you are wanting to destash for money, there are other venues to do that on.)  I think it is fair that if you need to, you can ask that shipping costs be paid.  Just be sure and put that information clearly in your post.  And know that both parties enter into the deal at their own risk.  I hold no responsibility.

2. Have clear pictures and descriptions on what you are putting up for adoption.

3. Define the criteria for how you will decide who will adopt the item.  Is it a random number giveaway, do you only want it to go to charity, or is there some other criteria that needs to be met?

4.  Be sure and identify where you are located and where you are willing to ship to.

5. Define how long you are keeping the adoption open and when you expect to award the adoption.

6. Remember to link back to my blog so your readers can see what else is being offered.  And feel free to grab a button!

The ability to link up your blog, Instagram, Flickr, or Facebook post will be open through Saturday March 18th.  You can award your adoption on any date you choose after the 18th.  Feel free to offer as little or as much as you want.  It can be blocks, books/patterns, kits, printed panels, fabric, quilt tops...anything that you hope someone else will use and you wish to get rid of the burden.

As a thank you for participating and linking up a project, I will put your name in a hat for this quilty prize.  A couple of magazines and some mini charms.  To those linking up from outside the US, due to shipping costs, I may not be able to send the prize but I would be happy to send you any of my digital patterns.

So go look on those shelves and those deep dark corners in your sewing room and see what you have to clean out and move on.  I am sure there will be someone who is more than willing to adopt what you have to offer and get it finished!


And if you are looking to adopt a project, please read each blog post and be sure you only offer to adopt those orphans you know you can finish.  The object of this event is to get these things finished, not just stored on another shelf.  Thanks!


Tami Von Zalez said...

Thank you for hosting this event, let's hope there are lots orphans up for adoption!

Kristi said...

Hi Cynthia! I have a project that would love a good home, but I'm not a blogger. Would an Instagram picture be OK? It would probably be one picture and a shortish message as it's tricky to peck things out on your phone. Then how would people contact me? Thanks for any insight...this is my first time.. :)

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

Thanks for featuring my quilt! I'm happy that I got it through last fall's QOA (like my abbreviation?:) and finished it up to go to a good cause! It will be fun to see what people have up for adoption this time.

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