The great thing about the contest is that it helped children in 2 ways- my royalties from all of my Happy Town fabric sold went to Quilts for Kids, plus all of the quilts entered in the contest will be donated to children in need. Henry Glass Fabrics, who manufactured the fabric, sponsored the contest and also made a donation to Quilts for Kids.
I met up recently with Linda Arye, Founding President of Quilts for Kids, and Harriet Clemens, Design Director for Henry Glass Fabrics, at the Quilts for Kids headquarters in Fairless Hills, PA. We took a tour of the offices, and got a look at all of the beautiful quilts entered in the contest!
Would you like to take a tour with me?? OK, here we go:
A "Happy Town" display with contest and fabric line information greets visitors at the entrance.
Linda (on the right) shows Harriet some of the many news articles and acknowledgements that the organization has received. On the left, you can see rows of tables which are used for monthly workshops. Volunteers can come and learn new techniques and make quilts to donate.
Nancy Lacey, Director of Operations, fields phone calls in her office.
Volunteers spend countless hours making quilts from the kits Cindi cuts at Headquarters.
Linda and Harriet look at some of the fabric that is donated by corporate sponsors and individuals. Quilts for Kids also uses monetary donations to purchase fabric for quilts.
Every day, Quilts for Kids receives quilts from generous quilters all around the world.
Stacks of quilts waiting to go to their "kids"!!!
Linda hangs some of the quilt contest entries.
Would you like to see some of the beautiful quilts entered in the contest? Prepare to be inspired...
So now you want to see the winners, right?
First Place (winner of $500 cash) goes to :
Dana Followwell of Texas
Second Place (winner of $250 cash):
Sally Cottrell of North Carolina
(that's Harriet, Linda, and me in the photo)
Honorable Mention (winner of a box of Henry Glass fabrics):
Pauline Francis of Michigan
A Really Huge HUG and THANKS to all who entered!!! Some very grateful children will be snuggling up in your beautiful creations soon :)
For more information about how you can get involved with Quilts for Kids, click here.