Turning the Page

18 Dec


Many thanks to all of you for supporting the Project. Your generosity is commendable!

“To all who worked on my BEAUTIFUL quilt I received in the mail – Thank you so much for your kindness and generosity! That was so kind of everyone! It is so beautiful – I really love it! NEVER thought I would be “homeless” (almost!) at age 69, and lose everything I had ever owned over the years! Thank God for my son & daughter-in-law giving me a place to stay till I hope I can someday figure out what to do! I had a little flood insurance and they are supposed to send me $25,000. so I am told – haven’t seen anything yet!? Not much to build on at prices these days plus I was told it would cost between 3 and 5 thousand just to clean up the mess and get rid of my 14 x 70 mobile home and little camper that I kept for storage! Everything was destroyed, covered with mud and silt including items from both my grandparents who are both now passed away. My son & wife worked hard to save some of my pictures, some dishes, and my mothers antique blue dishes! Thanks to my niece & a couple of family members I had help working to clean that stuff up! So you see…after all the headaches, tears and heartaches for everything lost, your beautiful quilt was a bright spot in my day for sure! I will always be grateful to everyone who worked on it! God bless you all!”

God Bless YOU all! (This is just one of many notes and stories that I will be sharing with you as we move forward.)

When we initiated the Project we had no idea how the rebuilding process would take shape. As we have begun moving through the process we have realized that for many (if not most) of those displaced by Irene, recovery is slow going at best. Many of these folks find themselves in temporary living situations…moving from relative to relative, or a space which is too small to something a bit better, but still not home. Home is a long way away for many of them…so we have switched gears in order to meet them where they are. We have been distributing quilts on a one by one basis, or family by family. It has been very low key.Some are sent in the mail, some are delivered in person. All are greatly appreciated. Not one of these folks want to ask for too much. One woman asked if we might have a quilt that her children could share. When I asked her how old the kids were and what colors they liked she was surprised that each child was going to have their own quilt. She said she and her husband didn’t need one because they “didn’t want to ask for too much”. This is common. Needless to say…they all received quilts.

So….the Project will continue. THERE IS NO CLOSING DATE. Your quilts, and tops are still very much needed!

1400 families were displaced. That means that our number of 2000 is probably a pretty good estimate. I think we are about 1/3 of the way to our goal. That is pretty good for 3 months!


We currently have about 275 quilts on hand. 40 – 50 of them will leave in the next 2 days. There are about 50 quilts being quilted by various longarmers in New England right now. There are 25 kits being sewn around Vermont and another 25 bags of tops and backs ready to be sent for quilting. I have enough fabric for at least 40 more quilt tops.

The Guilds have been incredible! Kudos to you all!!! Guilds from all over New England! Sharing your comfort quilts with the Project…holding work days…distributing quilts in your communities to those who were affected by Irene…I can’t thank you enough! Small groups of quilters have been gathering in various communities and making quilts for the Project. People from all over the US are part of the Winter Warmth Project.

We have been sending Posters and our informational Flyer to Town Managers and Flood Relief Centers in the affected towns. We have had friends of Winter Warmth put up Posters in local Libraries, Post Offices and on Community Bulletin Boards. We have been networking with Flood Relief Workers (who have given many quilts away for us), and also with those who have received quilts.

Each quilt goes out with a tag that says:
“This quilt is a gift from the Winter Warmth Project. If you know of others who lost their home or most of their belongings and are trying to rebuild their lives, please let them know about us…we have a quilt for them!

Our contact info is winterwarmthproject@yahoo.com

We hope you enjoy your quilt and we wish you the very best.”

We have had a couple of “drop spots” for donations…The Gathering in Nashua, NH provided a room for 2 full carloads of donations! A huge thank you to EVERYONE who donated and to THE GATHERING ( Kate, Sarah and Amy, for their support of the Project)  A QUILTERS GARDEN in Montpelier has made themselves available as a local drop spot…THANK YOU!

Queen tops and queen quilts are greatly needed. I know they are big. I know they represent a hefty investment in fabric, time and labor…but that is what we need!

Here is my solution and my challenge to you…Take 4 people, and a mix of fabrics from each of them. Split them up so everyone has some of the same. Each person sews together a lap size top…42″ x 48″…the 4 tops get sewn together and PRESTO! We have a queen size top!

Blues are VERY popular. Darker colors, browns, greens, golds are also in high demand. Think suitable for any season, suitable for male or female.

If you want to participate in the project, but you don’t sew, your monetary donations will be graciously accepted. The money will be used for backings, batting and shipping expenses. Checks can be made out to Winter Warmth Project.

NO NO’s !!!!!!
Please…no more lap or baby quilts. We have plenty!
NO more quilts for children!!! We have probably got too many!
NO fleece. NO blankets.

The Warm part of Winter Warmth is all about the LOVE that goes with a quilt. It is a way of saying…”I care”, “You matter”. The day to day is very difficult for all of the folks we want to reach. What Winter Warmth is doing is significant and special.


Winter Warmth Project, 108 Vine St. , Northfield, VT 05663

“Thank you so much for sending us the three quilts. My daughter’s both took them and wrapped up and said “This was so nice of those people”. We also love our quilt and have it on our bed. We had to move out of our house into a new one and the quilts were really appreciated as they replace some we lost. Thank you.”

Thank you for all you are doing for the Project. I cannot express my gratitude enough for all of you. I want to extend my best wishes for holiday season and new year to each of you.


One Response to “Turning the Page”

  1. Kace Wilson February 4, 2012 at 4:01 pm #

    There are a few of us from the Proper Bostonian Quilters who are intrigued by your 4-person queen quilts, so we have one in process! Florals and greens, each quarter separately quilted and I will put them together, add a border and binding and then get it off to you. Hope to have it done by next Wednesday’s guild meeting (tho that is unrealistic, ya gotta have a goal!). We hope it will spark others to do the same. I will let you know!
    -Kace Wilson from the Proper Bostonians

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