Sunday, 21 September 2014

More dress donations for Project Hope Burma (Victoria Headquarters)

Wow! More dress donations for Project Hope Burma received by the Croydon Hills Baptist Church in Croydon Hills Victoria -
And here is Kathy Thompson and Barbara Dodson sorting the dresses they have received -

Thank you so much to everyone who is supporting this project. Much appreciated.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Dress A Girl Australia Labels

The past few days I have been brainstorming again on how to minimize my cost of running this campaign so it is sustainable. I have identified Dress A Girl Australia labels as one that could contribute to lowering cost. Instead of totally phasing out the labels, I give possible donors the option to still attached labels by printing the labels themselves. I have converted the label file into a pdf format which can be requested via email to be sent to you as an attachment and you can do the printing yourself or you can print directly from this blog.

If you decide not to put labels on your dresses that is fine with me. Especially for those dresses that do not meet the guidelines where I am being ask to drop them in charity bins, it will make the task easier for me as I do not have to remove the labels from the dresses although I would still be encountering cost doing this errand as I have to drive to the location where these charity bins are located so I still insist on guidelines.

If you want to do the printing of the labels yourself, all you have to do is go on the left navigation pane of this page, (1) locate 'Dress A Girl Forms' section, (2) locate "Print Dress A Girl Australia labels', point your mouse to the selection and 'click' your mouse. The label sheet will be displayed on your screen.
To print, make sure your paper size is 'A4'. Color should be Color and if you have the option of 'Fit to page' to select, make sure you tick on this box.

If you want to save the file on your drive, you must select the 'Downward arrow' key and select 'Download'.

If you want me to send the .pdf file to you instead, you can either send an email to dressagirlaustralia@gmail.com or select the Request for Dress Labels in pdf format
There will be more changes as they are identified and will be published here for everyone's info. Thank you.
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Thursday, 18 September 2014

Sharing some pictures from South Africa

I received these two pictures today from South Africa, on a day I consider a very special day. These are some of the kids who were recipients of the South Africa winter collection which I sent in ealy July. It is pictures like these that keeps me going and why I insist that guidelines have to be met. It is time for people show some respect on what is needed to make this campaign a success and makes the dresses worth sending to different locations around the world. From today,  ignoring the guidelines means donations will also be ignored.

At the end of the day, the decision is final. If the dress does not meet the guidelines, the dress is not going anywhere. There will also be no returns of dresses rejected. If you want your dresses to be returned, you can send me a prepaid satchel that I can use to send the dresses. If after 4 weeks, I do not hear from the donors with rejected donations, they will be dropped off to the nearest charity bin. Note that taking these dresses to the nearest charity bin also incurs a cost as I have to drive.

Donation Acknowledgement FY14/#133 - #134 - Donated Items for Sale from Frances and Jo

Number #133 and #134 on the list is something different. They are items donated to Dress  A Girl Australia to sell to raise money for postage. They will be sold in markets when I have one scheduled before the end of they year and I will also make them available in the Dress A Girl Australia website to sell just in case someone would see and like them and make a purchase. All proceeds from the sale of these items goes to the postage fund of Dress A Girl Australia -

1) Number #133 is from Jo Holt. It is a dozen of sleeveless shirts with embroidery in front - Also included in the parcel were 5 packs of girls undies. These undies are not for sale. They will be included in future dress distributions.
2) Number #134 is from Frances Cornish. Fourteen pinholders in the shape of a mouse and 6 mini pillows and mini quilts for dolls which I can use for the six dolls I have made for sale which still needs to be posted for sale when I get the chance.
Thank you to Frances and Jo for your sincere efforts to help sustain this campaign. It is very much appreciated. Thank you.


School Supplies #9 - 12 exercise books for my Education Without Borders 2015 Drive

I thought I would extend my blessings today by purchasing a dozen exercise books for my "Education Without Borders" 2015 drive from my flybuys bonus points. Here they are -
and what lucky street kids who would be receiving some of them in 2015.

Dress Distribution #73C - For Project Hope Burma Parcel 3

These 3 parcels closes off the hugely successful Project Hope Burma for Karen Refugees. These 3 parcels to be sent to The Hope Project in Croydon Hills Victoria holds 100 dresses and 37 matching sets of t-shirts and shorts for boys. With the close of the project the final total count is 276 dresses and 112 matching sets of t-shirts and shorts for boys (for the October delivery)
Here are the parcels -
and here are the contents of the parcels -
made possible by the following donors -
1) Ann Field
2) Frances Cornish
3) Maureen O'Brien
4) Tannis Brennan
5) Vanya Bryant
6) Ladies of QCWA WIllows Branch organized by Jacqui Piper
7) Jayne Hogan
8) Betty Barrett/Betty Paull
9) Catherine Jenkins
10) Sian McIntosh
11) Nicole Devet By Dress A Girl Australia
12) Eliza Leahy
13) Monika Osvald

To see larger images of the contents of these parcels, please click here. For more details on this distribution (and also at a later stage when feedback is received).please click here or click on the special 'Dress Distribution' tab which you can find at the top of this page.

To see larger images of the full Project Hope Burma (October delivery), please click here. To see larger images of the collection being done at the Hope Project Headquarters in Victoria, please click here.

A big thank you to all the donors who made Project Hope Burma (for Karen refugees) a huge success and made these parcels possible. A special thank you to Catherine Jenkins for the t-shirt donations. Your kindness and generosity is much appreciated. And thank you to Barbara Dodson for linking Dress A Girl Australia with the Hope Project. 

Donation Acknowledgement FY14/#132 - From Sian

Number #132 for the year and the last donation acknowledgement for Project Hope Burma is a parcel of 4 dresses from Sian McIntosh. Three of the dresses have been allocated to the Project -
Thank you to Sian for the dresses. Thank you for your kindness and generosity. It is much appreciated.

Details of the last batch of parcels to be sent to Project Hope Burma will be released soon.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

A good question to ask when deciding whether to donate or not.

For one who wants to sew a dress or a pair of shorts to donate, I think this is a good question to ask when looking at the clothing you just made. If I were asked to wear the dress or pair of shorts would I wear it? Would I go out, hop, jump, run and walk around wearing the dress or pair of shorts? Would you like to see your child wearing it? If you can answer a 'YES' to all of the questions, then you are meeting the guidelines on how to make a dress. If you cannot, then I do not really know why you are still making it into something. Is it just for the sake of donating a dress? To keep you busy perhaps? A few of the dresses and/pairs of shorts I received even had big stains on the fabrics so I wish I knew what was on people's mind why they would want other people to wear it and not them. It annoys me to see these kind of donations. We give them something new to wear to at least make a difference to the life they are so used to . Why give them something to wear with a stain? It does not make it any different from what they are already used to wearing. I hope people would think about this the way I think about it and you will understand why I keep on insisting on guidelines and why I am rejecting some donations. Thank you.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Dress updates on Project Hope Burma (October Delivery)

Everyone should be aware by now that there is also a special group of ladies who are based in Victoria and are busy sewing for Project Hope Burma. Here are 3 dresses and a couple of Boys' shorts made by Rowena Turk for this project. 
These dresses will be retained in the Croydon Hills Baptist church headquarters and added to the collection. Thank you Rowena Turk for these lovely dresses and shorts.

Change on Guidelines Policy effective immediately

I think this month I spent quite a sum of money paying for postage of dresses that did not meet the guidelines. This should not be happening as it is adding more burden on the cost of running this campaign. So effective immediately any dresses that I received that does not meet the guidelines of a project or a drive will not be returned. You will be contacted and advised how many dresses will not be included at all in any of my distributions and if you want your dresses back to send me a pre-paid satchel. I will keep the dresses for 4 weeks and if I donot hear back from those advised after four weeks they will be dropped in the nearest charity bin. Please be guided by this new information to avoid inconveniences. Thank you.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Update on Project Hope Burma

Good Morning Ladies, I still am not strong enough to lift parcels so PLEASE do not send me anything unless they are for Project Hope Burma. Last day of parcel pickups for Project Hope Burma is Wednesday after that I will not be going to the postoffice to pick up anything. I really hope you ladies understand otherwise I will have to do something drastic. I am fine but I dont want to be lifting parcels unneccesarily especially now that all projects are completed. Sending me parcels is putting pressure on me and my arm. Thank you.

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Updates on Parcels and dress distributions

Sometimes it is not an easy task to make follow-ups. Even when you are not feeling well, you still have to make a follow-up on the dates to make sure that they arrived safely and I wish people learn how to appreciate this task. But then again since I started Dress A Girl Australia I have learned that there are people in this world whose role is to be cruel to other people and I have learned to ignore that but not today as I still am not feeling well after 3 days.

Received message that the 2 parcels sent last week for CDO Phils has been received and delivered today. 

More dress distributions are being scheduled as part of parcels sent in May 2014 -
1) Street kids of Metro Manila distribution will happen on the 18th of Sept. 
2) Parcels for Enrile Cagayan which is about 6 hours and 30mins away from Metro Manila by road transport will be distributed on Sept 24 and 25. 

Thank you to all the volunteers who make this distribution happen.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

More Fabric Earth Cards for sale

Everyday, I would normally go for an hour's walk with my sister (except today as I was not feeling well). We go through an open field and pass through areas filled with trees. 
Looking around the environment while walking I keep on thinking there must be something in the area that I can use to create something. It is an area full of trees and birds and dead twigs thus while walking we are actually connecting with nature...walking...loving the earth.
Inspired by the scenery and the possibilities of creativity, with an appliqued bird made of fabric scraps and re-purposed to an appliqued bird perched on top of dead twigs and leaf brads below it this Fabric Earth card - Connect with Nature - Bird was conceived and expect more to come. This card is now available for sale at my handmadecards for you online shop. Proceeds from the sale of this card will fund the cost of sending at least 3 dresses to 3 disadvantaged kids anywhere in the world. 

To check it out, please click here. Some people may like it..some people won't but if it sells, it will fund a very worthwhile cause. So please help spread the word around about my handmade cards for sale.

Reminder on Project Hope Burma

Just a reminder that Project Hope Burma is closing down in 6 days. If you are intending to donate dresses to this project, please make sure they are posted by Sept 15, 2014. 

Also, for those who are still making dresses to donate in the future, please hang on to your dresses and do not send them to me at this stage (unless they are for Project Hope Burma). I will publish the date I will start to accept dresses for new distributions. I want to have a rest from going back and forth to the postoffice and lifting parcels. Thank you.

New handmade cards for sale

Good Day everyone! Apple made a significant release of their products today so I thought I would do the same. Dress distributions would not be possible without the things I sell. Today am releasing new handmade Christmas cards and new earth cards for sale. Please check them out and if there is anything you like, please make a purchase. All proceeds go to Dress A Girl Australia's petty cash fund, If you don't like any of them, don't make a purchase but you still can help by spreading the word amongst your family and friends. They may like something and make a purchase. More items will be made available as they are completed. Quantities are limited at this stage.
These are some of my Badge Greeting cards and new ones for Christmas -
and here are my new Fabric Earth cards. I call them earth cards because the materials I used are from scraps which I repurposed -
If you are on the lookout for other greeting cards, check out my handmadecards for you site by clicking here.

I know most of you, if not all, are handmakers so you probably will not get attracted to what I sell but am sure you have friends around who would prefer to make a purchase. I worked hard making these items to make them unique so people would possibly buy so please help spread the word around. Unfortunately, money just don't get dropped out of the sky. One has to work hard for it so for those who feel offended that I am selling items, I am not going to apologize. Thank you.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Two more pictures from the Caloocan Phils Dress Distribution

Here are two more pictures I received from the Caloocan Phils Dress Distribution. If am not mistaken I think this dress was made by Elaine Klein.
 Some girls posing with Norie and the other members of the group who are distributing the dresses.
Thank you to Norie and her group for bringing these dresses to the children.

For larger images of the distribution, please click here.

Dress Distribution #77 (Charity Drive #7) - For Destiny Faith Ministries Uganda

Charity Drive #7 for Destiny Faith Ministries in Uganda is Dress Distribution #77. These three parcels will be posted to Julie Jones who will take charge of the distribution when she visits Uganda.
Here are the three parcels which contains 177 dresses and a few undies -
and here are the contents of the parcels -
made possible by the following donors -
1) Karina Tomlinson
2) Virginia Smith
3) Linda Smyth
4) Alexandria Achievers, Australian Sewing Guild organized by Jennifer Kearns
5) Members of All Saints Parish, South Hobart organized by Suzanne Nixon
6) Elaine Klein
7) Sian McIntosh
8) Tannis Brennan
9) Ladies of QCWA WIllows Branch organized by Jacqui Piper 
10) Wollongong Group Australian Sewing Guild
11) Sharyn Cafee
12) Betty Barrett/Betty Paull
13) Nicole Devet by Dress A Girl Australia
14) Jenni Kirillov on behalf of her mum by Dress A Girl Australia
15) Millhouse Collections by Dress A Girl Australia
16) Eliza Leahy
17) Renade Fulton
18) Toni Renn
19) Lyn Granger
20) Maryann Conway
21) Michelle Cornish
22) Lou Lu
23) Janine Steedman
24) Catherine Jenkins
25) Heather Capell
26) Mo O'Brien
27) Jayne Hogan

To see larger images of the contents of these parcels, please click here. For more details on this distribution (and also at a later stage when feedback is received).please click here or click on the special 'Dress Distribution' tab which you can find at the top of this page.

A big thank you to all the donors who made Project Uganda (Destiny Faith Ministries) a huge success and made these parcels possible. Your kindness and generosity is much appreciated. And thank you to Julie Jones for giving us the opportunity to make a difference to the lives of a few teens in Uganda.

Monday, 8 September 2014

Feedback Dress Distribution - Caloocan Philippines - 8-Sep-2014

These are images from the distribution of dresses in one of the depressed areas in Caloocan Manila Philippines. The distribution was made in the local parish church. Distribution was made by Norie Bordador and the missionary sisters of Mercy. These dresses were part of the 12 boxes of dresses sent to the Philippines last May 2014. There are more distributions scheduled in the last week of September once the rains have stopped.





Thank you to all the donors who made this distribution possible and heaps of thanks to Norie Bordador and the missionary sisters of Mercy for making this distribution a reality. Thank you. Much appreciated.

Donation Acknowledgement FY14/#128 to #131 - Dresses from Mo, Heather, Vanya and Jayne

The last batch for the night on Donation Acknowledgements and still for the month of September are four parcels from Mo O'Brien, Heather Capell, Vanya Bryant and Jayne Hogan. Same with the other batches some of the dresses have been allocated to Project Uganda and a couple to Project Hope Burma.

1) Donation #128 is a parcel of ten dresses from Mo O'Brien. All allocated to Project Uganda -
2) Donation #129 is a parcel of 6 dresses, packs of undies and colouring pencils for the "Education without Borders" 2015 project (School Supplies #8) from Jayne Hogan -
3) Donation #130 is a parcel of 5 dresses, undies and 4 girls' t-shirts from Heather Capell.
and this is Heather holding one of her dresses -

4) Donation #131 is a parcel of 12 dresses, 4 pairs of shorts, 3 school bags for the "Education without Borders" 2015 project (School Supplies #9) and two fabric toys from Vanya Bryant. Six of the dresses were allocated to Project Hope Burma.
To Mo, Jayne, Heather and Vanya, thank you for these wonderful donations. Thank you for your kindness and generosity. It is much appreciated.

With these dress donations, the final total count of dresses for Project Uganda as of this writing is 163. All dresses collected will be packed and sent to Destiny Faith Ministries c/o Julie Jones. My big thank you to all the donors who made this project a huge success. Details of donations will be published tomorrow.

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Status Update on Project Uganda (Destiny Faith Ministries) as of 6-Sep-2014

It is so heartwarming to know that inspite of my complains and being so vocal about guidelines there are still a lot of ladies who find it in their hearts to sew and donate to this campaign. I hope you would consider these feedbacks as constructive criticisms which will benefit all of us who are active in this campaign and most especially the kids who get to wear the dresses. 

As of this writing, total count of dresses for Project Uganda is 143 which is way beyond my target of 100 and with still 3 parcels to open. Thank you so much for making this project a success. My heartfelt thanks to everyone. Much appreciated.

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Dress Distribution #74 - A birthday gift for the disadvantaged kiddies of CDO Philippines Parcel #4A

This is an unscheduled distribution which I thought of at the last minute. Another gesture of giving back to the world, being a September baby, my birthday gift to the disadvantaged children of the world of CDO Philippines. It would have been great if I am able to send dresses that I sew but 'time' did not give me the chance to do it. These parcels of 111 dresses and 15 pairs of shorts will be sent to Dr Sharon Azura-Paglinawan who enjoys distributing dresses and will be distributing them in another remote area but still part of the city. CDO for Cagayan de Oro city located in the southern part of the country is about 1-1/2 hour by plane from Metro Manila, the capital of the Philippines.
Here are the parcels -
and here are the contents of the parcels -
made possible by the following donors -
1) Members of All Saints' Parish South Hobart c-o Suzanne Nixon
2) Bett Holmes
3) Alexandria Achievers of the Australian Sewing Guild organized by Jennifer Kearns
4) Elaine Klein
5) Tannis Brennan
6) Graham Purcell
7) Craft and Hope Group
8) Eliza Leahy
9) Toni Renn
10) Karina Tomlinson
11) Vanya Bryant

To see larger images of the contents of these parcels, please click here. For more details on this distribution (and also at a later stage when feedback is received).please click here or click on the special 'Dress Distribution' tab which you can find at the top of this page.

A big thank you to all the donors who made these parcels possible. Your kindness and generosity is much appreciated. Thank you.

Donation Acknowledgement FY14/#123 to #127 - Dresses & Tshirts from Catherine, Dresses from Janine, Elaine, Maryann and Lyn

This is the second group of donation acknowledgements for the month of September. Parcels of dresses & t-shirts from Catherine Jenkins, Janine Steedman, Elaine Klein, Maryann Conway and Lyn Granger. For dresses with lengths of more than 80cms (32") regardless of the sleeves of the dresses were allocated to Project Uganda (Destiny Faith Ministries).

1) Donation #123 is from Catherine Jenkins who sent in 2 parcels. Parcel #1 was a donation of 48 t-shirts for the boys. 28 of these t-shirts are going to be included in the parcel for Project Hope Burma (Oct 2014 Delivery)
Parcel #2 included 12 dresses and 9 school bags for the "Education without borders" 2015 project (School Supplies #7) -
2) Donation #124 is a parcel of  10 dresses from Janine Steedman all allocated to Project Uganda -
3) Donation #125 is a dress from Maryann Conway of Kiama Downs who is also a friend of Lyn Granger who is a regular donor and supporter of the Dress  A Girl campaign. Maryann contributes to the cost of postage for parcels that Lyn sends to Dress A Girl Australia.  Dress was allocated to Project Uganda -
4) Donation #126 is a packet of two dresses from Lyn Granger. Both dresses have been allocated to Project Uganda -
5) Donation #127 is a parcel of 10 dresses and undies from Elaine Klein. The six dresses and undies have been allocated to Project Uganda -
My heartfelt thank you to Catherine, Janine, Elaine, Maryann and Lyn for these wonderful dresses. Thank you all for your kindness and generosity. It is much appreciated.

With the above donations where some have been allocated to Project Uganda, total count of dresses for Project Uganda (Destiny Faith Ministries) as of this writing is 143. Thank you so much.

Donation Acknowledgement FY14/#119 to #122 - Dresses from Rachel, Michelle, Pat and Lou Lu

This is the start of acknowledging dress donations for the month of September. Four parcels of dresses from Rachel, Michelle Cornish, Pat Burton and Lou Lu. A few of the dresses have been allocated to Project Uganda.
1) Donation #119 is a parcel of 14 dresses from Michelle Cornish -
2) Donation #120 is a parcel of 5 dresses from Rachel - (sorry could not find a surname in the return address or inside the parcel) -
3) Donation #121 is a parcel of 3 dresses from Pat Burton -
4) Donation #122 is a parcel of 4 dresses from Lou Lu -
To all the ladies (Rachel, Michelle, Pat and Lou Lu) who made these dresses possible, thank you so much for your kindness and generosity, the time and effort you spent making these dresses are very much appreciated. 

With these donations, the total count for Project Uganda (Destiny Faith Ministries) as of this writing is 118 with more to come once all parcels have been opened.

Update on Parcels to Papua New Guinea

Due to problems with parcel deliveries, the 2 parcels ready to be sent which I scheduled to send to Papua New Guinea this month (Sept) may not happen. The contents of the parcels will be re-routed to a different location. Will keep you updated (especially the donors) on this unforeseen circumstances. Thank you.

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Feedback picture from Mbale Uganda

I received this picture today from Liane Foord of the Bushikori Christian Centre, Australian Support Committee during the distribution of the quilts they handcarried with them on their visit to Mbale Uganda last July. 
The other quilts were hand delivered by these younger ones to the more elderly ones who couldn't walk to the centre to get theirs. Lately they had a cold weather and even had hail in the capital city which is quite unusual for a tropical country so the quilts the grandmothers received were a real blessing to these precious grandmothers according to Liane! My heartfelt thanks to Liane and the group who were kind enough to bring these quilts to the grandmothers in Mbale Uganda. Much appreciated.

New handmade cards for fundraising

Sometimes I kind of agree with what my friends say that sometimes I am weird and strange when it comes to creating things although in real life I am actually a funny person and always brings smiles or generate good-hearted laughs from them. Whatever people think of me does not matter. This is a free world...even when it comes to creating. The possibilities are endless limited only by my imagination and I want to show it to the world . I know when I am doing it right and when it is wrong. 

I create, make my mind think of all the possibilities to make to sell and to help raise money and support my charity work. Some people start to doubt your charity work intentions when you start selling something but...this is what makes the world exciting. The challenges you encounter on your journey...to make a difference.

So here I am again...wearing my 'Soft Treasures' hat. My handmade business which I started 12 years ago to make a difference. Always looking for something new to create. Weird, strange, funny or unique handmade cards you possibly would not find anywhere else. Here are 2 of my latest creations which I am selling to raise funds for postage if needed or donate to my fundraising for a Dress A Girl Australia well for the people of Kalagi Uganda. Printed at home from my very old reliable printer.

1. Earth Cards. Am a great believer of saving and enjoying the earth so I made these cards as a way of showing how to do it.  'Love our Earth' handmade cards with charms that can be used and worn as necklace pendants. Everyday is earth day. Connect with nature, Breathe the Air, Go Ride a Bike, Repurpose, Replenish, Recycle, Craft and Imagine the possibilities, Give peace a chance. These are just a few of the selections I have thought about so you can enjoy the earth. The inside panel is a blank panel for your personal message. These cards sell for $3.25 each. Check them out here or click on the image below -
2. Maze Puzzle cards. Can you imagine what a headache it was trying to come up with a maze and a puzzle and a solution? LOL! but had a great time. Will make great children's party favours. With crayons, you can colour and make your own personal work of art. Instructions can be found in the inside panel of the card to solve the maze and/or puzzle. These cards sell for $2.75 each. Check them out here or click on the image below -
These cards make wonderful keepsakes. Are small treasures to keep. And don't forget that for every sale from any of these cards, you are making this world a better place for disadvantaged people. If you do not like them, you do not have to buy them but you can still help by spreading the word around about these cards. Am sure there is someone out there who would like to have one but just don't know where to find it. So please help spread the word around.....it is for a very worthwhile cause. Nothing goes to my pocket...they all go to my charity tin can.

No new parcels at this time please

Good Morning all! I have been receiving lots of enquiries on dress donations. I will be starting another dress project for Christmas distribution in October and will let everyone know about the timeline. Please do not send me any dresses at this time unless it is for Project Hope Burma. I am still busy sorting and packing for Uganda and the Philippines and really don't have that much space left. Check out the only space available I have in my garage at this time. I took this last night. 

The lighting in the garage is not that good and I need to go there every now and then to get boxes etc and sometimes I step on parcels or hit corners and really hurts. The space left is not safe so hope you understand why I don't want to accept parcels at this time. Note that this is not a competition that whoever sends first gets their dresses sent first. Distribution depends on where/what is needed. If anyone feels offended that I am turning down dresses or am being very rude to donors, it is up to you. There is nothing I can do. Thank you for your understanding.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Handmade Quilts to sell or not to sell

Thought I'd share with you a few of my handmade quilts (all of them are more than 15 year olds) which I have been debating the past six months whether to sell or not to raise money for the Dress A Girl Australia well for the people of Kalagi Uganda. 
Looked at them again last night and for someone like me who takes a while to make quilts I still do not have the guts to put them up for sale especially my t-shirt quilt.  Brainstorming to find other ways to raise funds and hopefully the best idea will come up soon.