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Point Hope’s Beautiful Bags for a Worthy Cause

Saturday, April 28, 2012 | Charity

If you saw me on my Sonoma Rose book tour earlier this year, you might have found your eye captivated by the beautiful batik purse and computer bag I brought along on my travels.

These are two of the many beautiful handbags batiked and sewn by women in Ghana, and offered for sale by an organization called Point Hope. The mission of Point Hope is to be "a voice for forgotten children." To that end, they offer support services to children within the foster care system here in the United States, and also operate numerous emergency relief and educational programs to support families, widows, and children in Africa. One of these programs helps the women of Ghana aquire marketable job skills by teaching them the art of batik design, a labor-intensive, time-consuming process that results in equisite, unique fabrics from which the women create various handicrafts like my own two bags. As Point Hope explains on their website, "The graduates of this course have trained others and have worked with the ladies from the sewing course to create garments and accessories. They have also recently registered in Ghana as their own business under Project Hope: Gye Nyame to establish themselves as residents of Ghana and successful entrepreneurs. This is a major step toward independence and a prosperous future for these brave women who have known such hardship and tragedy."

Earlier this year, I happended to meet Point Hope Executive Director Jan Haynes in the green room of the Wisconsin Public Televsion studios, where we were both taping episodes of Nancy Zieman's program, Sewing with Nancy. I was delighted to see Jan's photographs of the women from Ghana batiking the very fabric from which my computer bag was made.

You too can support these entreprenurial women of Ghana by purchasing a batik bag through Point Hope. When you visit their website, you can also learn more about the important work Point Hope accomplishes both here in the United States and abroad, and you can discover other ways you can support their mission.

I love the idea of women supporting other women in their efforts to become self-sufficient, independent, and prosperous—especially stitchers supporting other stitchers!

Project Linus

Tuesday, December 21, 2010 | Announcements, Charity

Jennifer Chiaverini teamed up with Project Linus to offer Elm Creek Readers the chance to decide whether Sarah’s twins would be boys, girls, or one of each! The votes have been counted and the results will be announced next summer at the Project Linus National Conference. More details about the conference will be posted when they are available.

Bid on an Autographed Copy of THE ALOHA QUILT and Pin

Wednesday, October 13, 2010 | Charity

I've donated two copies of THE ALOHA QUILT to the Lahaina Restoration Foundation's online auction to raise money for the preservation of historic sites in the town of Lahaina on Maui. Each book will include an autograph (with personalization, if desired) and an Aloha Quilt pin! The auction ends October 17th, so place your bid on one of these copies soon!

Click here to go to the auction site.

Support Race for a Cure—and Receive an Elm Creek Quilts Pin

Tuesday, June 01, 2010 | Charity, Contests & Giveaways

On Saturday, June 5, 2010, my son Nicholas and I will be participating in Madison's Race for a Cure in support of Badger Aquatics coach Deb Huonker, whose courageous battle against breast cancer has been a powerful, inspiring example to her young athletes—and to us all. Deb is passionate about finding a cure for this terrible disease, and we can all do our part to help.

If you donate to Deb's Race for a Cure team, "Huonker's Rack Pack," I will send you an Elm Creek Quilts pin with my thanks. Here's how to do it:

1. Visit Deb's donation page at

2. On or before June 5, 2010, donate $25 US — or more if you can — to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and have it credited to Deb's team.

3. Forward your receipt to me at Please provide the name and mailing address where you would like your pin to be sent, and specify whether you would like the traditional Elm Creek Quilts, A Quilter's Holiday, or The Aloha Quilt pin. NOTE: Supplies of the pins are limited, so please rank your first, second, and third choices. Pins will be mailed on a first come, first served basis.

Thank you for supporting me and Nicholas in the Race — and thanks for supporting our wonderful Coach Deb!

Sarah’s Twins: Cast Your “Vote!”

Monday, May 24, 2010 | Charity, Contests & Giveaways

UPDATE: The voting deadline has passed. Thanks to everyone who participated!

Jennifer Chiaverini is teaming up with Project Linus to offer Elm Creek Readers the chance to decide whether Sarah’s twins will be boys, girls, or one of each!

Here’s how to cast your vote:

1. Download the Twin Star pattern from Jennifer’s website.

2. If you’d like Sarah to have two boys, sew a Twin Star block using the dark blue/light blue color combination. If you’d like Sarah to have two girls, sew a Twin Star block using the red/pink color combination. If you’d like Sarah to have a boy and a girl, sew a Twin Star block using the dark purple/light purple color combination. Please use white, off-white, light cream, or light beige for the background fabrics.

3. Mail your block to: Elm Creek Quilts, P. O. Box 620824, Middleton WI 53562 USA. All blocks must be received by Labor Day (Monday, September 6, 2010) to be counted. You may “vote” as many times as you wish, so feel free to stuff the ballot box!

4. All blocks received will be donated to Project Linus, a non-profit organization whose mission is “to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer ‘blanketeers.’ ”

5. Jennifer will reveal the result of the vote in an exclusive, sneak preview reading of an unpublished Elm Creek Quilts novel at the Project Linus Institute on Friday, July 22, 2011. Quilts created from the donated blocks will also be displayed.

Each “vote” you cast will mean another block for a warm, cozy quilt that will comfort a child in need—so vote early and often!

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