Let’s make something Merry for the holidays!
But first, a story about the common threads we share as quilters, the surprising ways that our paths cross, and how quilting can make a difference in people’s lives… often in ways we will probably never know.
Mini Charm Quilts was published in February, 2018 with eighteen projects benefitting LCC Canine Comfort Dogs. Launched in August 2008, the Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dog program is a national human-care mission embracing the unique, calming nature and skills of purebred Golden Retrievers.
A few weeks ago, Jennifer Keltner, the Publisher and CVO of Martingale Publishing received the following letter from Maggie Hansa, the Administrative Assistant to the President and CEO of Lutheran Church Charities.
When the President of LCC called me into his office to ask about Martingale and Company after receiving the recent very thoughtful and generous royalty donation, the second of its kind – I wound up immersed in your Facebook page – my long-latent love of quilting quickly re-igniting! In checking our database, I thought you might be the same Jennifer Keltner as a donor we showed as being in Iowa. My mother was an Iowa farm girl, I still have a number of her quilts, all very delicate now. She was born in 1915. When Tim saw me light up after finding your Facebook page, he asked me to reach out to you, and to thank you for the incredible thoughtfulness and generosity of Martingale & Company.
We have a Deaconess and a pastor’s wife who typically call or email each of our donors, to thank them and offer prayerful support if there’s a need. I didn’t want to make an incorrect “leap” based on information in our database, so thought it best to call Martingale and see if I was connecting the right dots. I talked with the wonderful gal that answered – I think it was Colleen? – It seems likely that I’m correct that you are the same person that we have in our database, having lived in Ankeny, Iowa?
I understand that you are very much the creative, visionary force at Martingale. What a beautiful blessing you bring, to share, enrich, and enlarge the creativity in other’s lives! And re-ignite it in others!
To you and all of your staff Jennifer, thank you so very much for your very thoughtful consideration of LCC, and support of the LCC Comfort Dog Ministry!
Blessings and gratitude,
Now about those Moda All-Star Merry Makers! As with the first six books, the royalties from the sale of the book are donated to charity, and Merry Makers will benefit the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. Doing something for kids is always a good thing!
Clockwise from the upper-left:
- Cheers! Bottle Bag by Kathy Schmitz
- Christmas Cabin Quilt by Pat Sloan
- Christmastide Coasters by Jo Morton
- Gift Wrap Lap Quilt by Sherri McConnell of Sherri & Chelsi
- Mini Stockings by Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree & Co.
- Winterlude Lap Quilt by Betsy Chutchian
- Peppermint and Pine Table Runner by Sandy Klop of American Jane
- Perpetual Holiday Wreath by Jane Davidson
- Wool Snowman Door Hanging by Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings
- Vintage Star Runner by Bonnie Olaveson of Bonnie & Camille
- Merry Gingham Lap Quilt by Corey Yoder
- On-the-Ice Table Runner by Brenda Riddle
- Twinkle, Twinkle Wall Quilt by Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobson of Me & My Sister Designs
- Special Delivery Gift-Card Holder by Karla Eisenach of Sweetwater
To read more about the first six books and the charities they’ve benefitted – All-Stars & Giving Back. To date, the books have raised almost $40,000 for charity.
So to help make other Merry… leave a comment by Midnight CST on Sunday, September 23, 2018 telling us if you’ve started your holiday sewing.
We’ll draw two winners and each will receive a copy of Moda All-Stars Merry Makers, one holiday-theme Layer Cake and a Moda tote bag. (Winners will be notified via e-mail.)
Happy Friday! We hope your day – and weekend – are very merry!