first of all we will be making quilts for boys . . . . lots of them. a local orphanage here in thessaloniki is the home to boys only and we want each one to have a hand made quilt. our project will officially begin february 1, 2012 and continue until october 31, 2012. we have created a facebook event called "just quilt it" 2012 and have posted all of the details there for folks to see. basically we are doing the same procedure as we have with all of our projects. anyone who wants to join in just needs to send us a pieced top and we will quilt and finish them in our studio. the quilts can be all sizes. i know there are teen-age boys there so we will need some larger quilts as well. i haven't talked with the orphanage yet to find out exactly how many we will need but we will begin nevertheless.
we are dangerously low on our stack of quilts for the A-21 safe house. we like to give each girl who goes through their program for women rescued from a life of being trafficked a throw sized quilt (about 54" X 60") to call her own. i only have 3 left in the closet so this will be a first priority in the new year!!
i will be officially giving quilt lessons this year so if you know anyone in the thessaloniki, greece area let them know!! i have two classes worth of women. one class will be on monday night and the other will be a morning class on either tuesday or wednesday. our regular quilt team will be meeting on thursday nights as usual. our lessons will be free of course and we will learn how to quilt as we join together making quilts for the orphanages and safe house. i hope the women and one man will stay with us once they learn the basic techniques and form into ongoing teams of quilters. don't forget to visit our online fabric store and share it with all of your quilting buddies:) we have some new fabrics in including a line of baby fabric. so enjoy browsing through those.
another goal i have for this year is to organize a small quilt conference here in thessaloniki and hope to get some friends in the states -- yes, you know who you are ;p to join with me. i hope to have several workshops which my experienced quilting friends will teach and maybe a special quilt show displayed somewhere in the city for the public to see. soooo . . . . as usual, we will be very busy with all of our brain-storming and planning as we "just do it" in 2012. busy quilting fingers to you all ;p