I read over on Erin Russek’s blog earlier this week, that’s she’s created this gorgeous dresden plate with appliqué pattern and all proceeds from sales are going to help a little girl, Miss Kyra, and her family in need from Erin’s local community.


Erin is one of the most generous quilters I know and I wanted to lend some support too. I was very touched by Kyra’s story. So, I purchased six copies of Erin’s pattern, all proceeds are going to Kyra’s family. I’ll be keeping one pattern for myself and have five to give away here.

I don’t know about you, but I feel guilty that I don’t have the time in my life right now to offer more support to the wonderful quilting charities out there. So, when I see an opportunity that I can do a small part to help, I’m happy to do it.

Erin is selling her pattern for just $5.00… a steal if you ask me. You can find it in her Etsy Shop. I’d like to encourage you all to purchase the pattern and help support Kyra.

I have five copies to give-away. If you purchase the pattern yourself, awesome! Still enter my give-away. If you win a copy from me, give it away to one of your own blog readers or to a friend.

You don’t have to purchase Erin’s pattern to enter my give-away … it’s just a suggestion! To enter my give-away, leave a comment below telling me if do any charity quilting or help out others in your local community. Again, it’s not a requirement that you do charity work to win … I just love reading your stories.

Thanks to Erin for her generosity.. it’s quilters like her that make me smile and love the quilting community.

I’ll pick my five winners next Friday, March 16th.

Winners have been notified and sent the PDF pattern. Congratulations to:

#128 Inge Lise
#108 Jody
#78 Jodi G.
#30 Cheryl
#64 Ruth Robinson

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130 thoughts on “Helping someone else = a lovely give-away for you!

  • March 9, 2012 at 9:01 am

    My friends and I make hand quilted quilts and donate them to small charities so that they can raffle them off to make money. I would love to win this pattern. Thank you for the chance.

  • March 9, 2012 at 9:07 am

    I had thought about it but hadn’t yet done any charity work but plan to donate some quilts and crocheted blankets to St. John’s Mercy Children’s Hospital here in St. Louis. In December my son got very ill and over New Years he was admitted to the PICU and diagnosed with Type 1 (Juvenile) Diabetes as well as having to have surgery on his leg for an infection that was complicated by the diabetes. My son was given a pillowcase and a beautiful quilt and the ladies there were so sweet. It was really a really special gift and made him feel good when he was feeling so sick. The ladies indicated that they get alot of small quilts but they don’t get many things for teenagers – and they get alot of teens in there too.

  • March 9, 2012 at 9:07 am

    I recently gained access to a long arm, so I have started doing the quilting on charity quilts that my friends have pieced. Thank you for the chance to win!

  • March 9, 2012 at 9:09 am

    I have made several quilts and donated them to charities through quilt guilds that I belong to. I also like to make quilts for people I know that are going through a rough time, especially teenagers who are struggling with life issues. I love this pattern, thanks for the chance to win.

  • March 9, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Our quilt guild has been donating quilt to Quilts of Valor for the past two years. We share making the blocks, putting the quilts together and have wonderful long arm quilters that donate their time to quilt them.

  • March 9, 2012 at 9:18 am

    I make large traditional quilts as raffle prizes for my local church and primary schools.They usually have lots of appliqué on them. In the past I have used Beth Ferrier block of the month designs. she is always very supportive and has given permission for my quilts to be donated. My small quilting group also make quilts for our local children’s hospice – last time we had a day quilting lots of disappearing nine patch quilts. I would love to win this give-away and would use the pattern for another charity quilt.

  • March 9, 2012 at 9:19 am

    I would love to participate in a charity bee. But it seams this isn’t common in Europe. So maybe I sew a charity quilt on my own.
    This pattern is lovely :)

  • March 9, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Yes….I get together with a group, once a week to make quilts for the hospital.

    I have so much fabric, that I also give my fabric away to those who need it or are working on charity items.

    This pattern is beautiful..I love the Dresden Plate pattern and the applique adds that special touch.

  • March 9, 2012 at 9:24 am

    My guild, the MAIN LINE QUILTERS does some fabulous charity work, Through our ‘Pieces of Love‘ program, in which we make and donate over 100 small (for infants) quilts a year to hospitals, shelters for battered women with children, and other human services organizations. For the infants, we make small quilts, 36 x 48 to go to a NICU unit for the smallest babies.

  • March 9, 2012 at 9:28 am

    I have done charity quilts in the past. The quild members made 40″ squares and we gave them to a senior care facility. I quit making them when I found out they were being hung on the wall not being given to the patients. I made 2 full size quilts and gave them to a sister and a friend when they were diagnosed with cancer.
    I love Erin’s work and follow her blog. Chance to win this pattern..much appreciated and will be advising other quilters to purchase.

  • March 9, 2012 at 9:35 am

    I ahve not made any quilts for charity myself, but our sewing circle at church makes PJs for charity and we cut up the left over fabric into strips or squares which are then taken by some of the ladies and made into quilts for the local children’s hospital.

  • March 9, 2012 at 9:36 am

    The majority of items I make are for donation. Last year my goal was to make 11 in ’11 and wound up making 22 quilts which I donated to various charity groups and challenges. This year my goal is 12 in ’12. I don’t think I will be able to double my goal this year, but I am on track with 3 tops made and 1 quilt finished.
    My current favorite is Basic Housing Inc. which is championed by Victoria at Bumble Beans.

  • March 9, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Personally, I do 3 big donation quilts a year.

    One is for our local fire dept annual Lenten meals raffle.

    I make a Teddy Bear quilt for our local Ronald McDonald house in Troy, NY for their Fall Fund Raiser

    I also make a quilt for the Slingerlands Community Care Givers for their auction in the Fall.

    I also belong to 2 quilt guilds and we make Preemie quilts and pillow cases for our local hospital. Our group also made 56 quilts for a local school district who had 56 families homeless after Hurricane Irene.
    I have also made quilts for Quilts For Kids.

    I get no greater joy than when I donate a quilt for a wonderful cause. It is the best feeling in the world.

    I love, love, love the Dresden plate pattern. So happy to find your site!!

  • March 9, 2012 at 9:42 am

    I haven’t done a lot of quilting for charity other than donating quilts for children in need. I just can’t stand the thought of a child without a bankie! I still have to have mine with me.

    5 little bucks a copy for this beautiful quilt pattern is a great way for us to reach out.

    Kudo’s to you for such a great idea!

  • March 9, 2012 at 9:50 am

    I love how the dresden plate is making a great come back – in a new and vibrant way! Every other applique quilt (made by hand) I make I donate to an organization to be raffled off. It kills two birds for me – I love to do applique by hand, but don’t always have an appropriate place to hang or use the quilt myself, and secondly it allows me to give back to my community.

  • March 9, 2012 at 9:53 am

    I have made and given several quilts for raffles for local charities…Relay for Life…local cancer victims, church missions, etc. Quilts for kids, Quilts of valor, Project Linus are other ones that I have donated quilts too…I love the pattern…will go now and buy a coupoe….If I win, it will be given away…Pay it foward

  • March 9, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Such a beautiful pattern and reason behind the giveaway!

    My guild is very active charitably and I’ve just finished 2 baby quilts for the local hospital. My goal is to make one a month, hopefully I can stick to it!

  • March 9, 2012 at 11:15 am

    A group of ladies and I make quilts each fall for a home for abused children.
    They are given to the home close to Christmas and we try to make at least 30 quilts. Most of the fabric, batting and money to help purchase items is donated by two of the sewers church.
    We are in the process of making 36 quilts to send to Alaska to The Fisher House. We are using our own fabric, batting and either machine quilting or some of the ladies are tying quilts. Hope to get these finished and in mail in another month.

  • March 9, 2012 at 11:21 am

    This pattern looks wonderful. I made some charity quilts and donated them to some wonderful causes. thanks for the giveaway!

  • March 9, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    A group of us from church made 5 quilts for a mum who has brain cancer. she wanted the quilts for her 5 children but didn’t have the skills herself to do them. We incorporated a photo of each child on the the label and she has wrapped them up in boxes for them to open when she is no longer around.

  • March 9, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    I generally help out with my guilds charity – na Lima aloha ( the hands of love). I also help with “operation kid comfort” – where kids of deployed service members are given photo quilts of the deployed member. Wounded warriors is another I help with that is local; for wounded marines while they are still in the hospital. One that I am concentrating on this month is not for local recipients, “operation friendship” – little 12″ square quilt-lets that go to the victims of last year’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan. I have 50 that I will be sending this month.

  • March 9, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    Before I started my business, I used to teach ladies and their children at a battered women’s shelter how to do crafts. It was such a rewarding thing for me and it helped to take their minds off of their problems for a while =)

  • March 9, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    For the last 16 years my guild has made a “donation” quilt that raises several thousand dollars for a local camp for children with cancer. Also I’ve made at least a dozen QOV, almost as many quilts for the local Ronald McDonald house, and this weekend we are making a quilt for an injured vet to give him during the key ceremony next month when he moves into his new accessible home!

  • March 9, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    I have not made any quilts for charity. I still have a house full of little children still. I look forward to one day having the time to do extra quilts. i started going to a quilt guild they are making a quilt to raffle off. They said that they try to do it every year. maybe next year I will have something different to say.

  • March 9, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    Hi Michele. in my country, Argentina, exist a little community who lives in the middle of the mountains, near a beatifull place named HUMAHUACA. Is a very humble group of houses They are adults and childrens (someone of them in local elementary and superior school) but the totality of this comunity are no too more of 40 people. The life in there is so hard because they didnt have hospital or doctors near just in case one emergency and also depend off plants can be grown in a unhospitable land. The weather is very cold in winters with strong winds and in summer the heat is extremly haig. These place is named CORAYA.
    My husband and I send help to families every 3 or 4 months in packages of food, school supplies and clothing. One of the last packages had included a big national flag to the school. thank you very much, Michele, for letting me tell you about this poor but beautiful people, living in a distant part of my country

  • March 9, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    What a beautiful quilt! I don’t know if I would have picked these colors but they all work great together. I love quilts that also include applique. I try and do what I can and time permits to help charity. Every month, Kristy at Hopeful Threads suggests different charities, usually involving children, with different projects and ways to participate and help. I’ve sewn diaper covers as well as I’m crocheting some as well. Create H.O.P.E Designs is another site that the sell of patterns help charity. I’ve also made dog beds for our local animal shelter and helped in food drives.

    Thank you for a great giveaway and a chance to win. Thanks as well for letting us know about this pattern and what it supports.


  • March 9, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    I started talking quilting classes a few years ago and one summer our classes made quilts to donate to children’s hospitals. It was a great feeling to know that our quilts would help comfort a child who was sick.

  • March 9, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    I have made quilts and blankets for LDS Foundation and lap robes for our local nursing home. The pattern is beautiful. Thanks for the chance.

  • March 9, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    when my girls were in Girls Scouts we did community service but not since thanks

    beautiful quilt pattern love to win it.

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  • March 9, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    I haven’t done much charity quilting either. Between my fulltime job and teaching quilt classes, so much to do! I love this pattern however. Thanks for the chance to win.

  • March 9, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    I do do charity quilting. I always make a quilt for a “pink ribbon” giveaway in memory of my Sis, I am in the process of making baby quilts and blankets for St. John’s Hospital in Joplin (they are finally rebuilding) and I stay excited about that. Thanks for the chance to win

  • March 9, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    That quilt is really sweet! Great cause.
    I’ve made blocks for QOV and pillowcases for ConKerr. I like to help when I can, even if it’s just a little thing. Thanks for helping Erin’s cause. That’s sweet!

  • March 9, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    I’ve also brought a copy from Erins site. I belong to a Sewing group that is presently working on a Quilt for Children’s Diebeats Assoc. and we were able to donate 35 quilts to flood victums a couple of years ago. Now we have more floods here in Australia, so we will be working hard this year to help those people who have lost everything again as this is the second time that the region has been flooded, some of the folks only recently got back into their homes. I would love to donate a copy to my sewing group and produce some of Erin’s beautiful colorful quilts.

  • March 9, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    I am kept busy with my own little ones, and until recently working full time, so I don’t have a lot of time for volunteering other than at their school or through our church. We do Loaves & Fishes food drives and donate to the homeless shelters, but I wish I could do more to help others. I’m hoping to have more time for sewing AND for volunteer work now that I’m no longer working outside the home (although, of course, that means I won’t be making as many cash donations to charities, either).

    This is a gorgeous pattern. Applique and Dresden Plates are both on my “Have-to-try-that-someday” list, and this quilt design combines the two beautifully!

  • March 9, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    I have done several blocks for charity. My most recent is a asterisk block for a teenage girl. Thanks for a chance to win this beautiful pattern.

  • March 9, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    I have made quilts for our Guild that are donated to the local hospital or homes for the aged. I’d love to win the pattern. It is beautiful.

  • March 9, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Funny you should ask that. Our now defunct quilt guild is just finishing up a quilt that we are giving to one of the women’s shelters here. I am just finishing the binding !!! Thanks for a chance to win this gorgeous pattern.

  • March 9, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    I make several a year and also help our guild by doing the quilting and binding of several a year. It always feels so good to do such things!

  • March 9, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    I’ve been seriously looking at making baby quilts for charity. Mainly because there are a lot of babies and kids out there that need quilts and it will also give me a chance to try out different patterns.

  • March 9, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Our church ladies group make bears and other specific items to help women who have breast cancer (seat best cushions and tubing bags) for our local hospice center. We have also just found a simple pattern for lap quilts which we may add to our items we donate. We hold dinners at our church to raise funds to purchase our fabric and notions to help in our endeavor. Have a beauty-filled day!!

  • March 9, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    The quilt is beautiful. It is great that she is doing this for charity.

  • March 9, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Beautiful quilt and wonderful gesture on your part. Thank you both! I’ve been involved in some wonderful donation quilt projects and most of them are on our blog site, http://www.nvqbees.blogspot.com We made quilts for the children of military dependents while their parent(s) were deployed to Afghanistan. This project had support throughout northern Nevada and we made more than 70 quilts. This year we are making quilts for Victims of Domestic Violence. We are also donating quilts for Project Linus to Miss Teen Nevada who set a goal of collecting 100 quilts!

  • March 10, 2012 at 12:43 am

    What a lovely quilt. I have made Linus quilts and would like to do more.

  • March 10, 2012 at 3:57 am

    Hi there this is wonderful what you are doing and I too believe that us quilters are the most generous people out there. I am going to purchase a copy and if I win I will give it to a lady who is dyer need of even a sewing machine. Because she does do allot of charity quilting here at home. I am trying to find her a used sewing machine just for the purchase of shipping if need be but it has been a hard task. I know that there is someone out there that will be able to offer maybe a second or third used sewing machine that they might not need anymore but for now if I win I will give her the pattern…thanks for the give a way….proudspirit57@gmail.com

  • March 10, 2012 at 4:10 am

    I made quilts last year for victims of the floods in Queensland, and also made some sewing kits for quilters and sewers who lost all there sewing supplies in the same floods.

  • March 10, 2012 at 5:29 am

    Hi, I have been teaching for more years than I sometimes care to remember so have lots of teaching samples. Five years ago, I was involved in a car accident and as a result had to change the way I did things. It took me a while to come to terms with the situation, but two years later I rang up our Quilters Guild Charity group and asked if they wanted some of my stuff. At that time we managed to fill totally a large four wheel drive van as well as a station wagon. Filled with books, magazines, quilts and quilt tops, fabrics, threads and so on. I did keep quite a few and over the next three years I have gradually been quilting these tops. Currently as one is finished, it is donated to a nursing home for the young disabled (my younger daughter has multiple sclerosis) and they choose whether they will raffle it or whether there is someone who is in need at that time. Since the beginning of this year I have finished 4 more and still have more to go. I have a lot more fabric to sew and I really like this pattern, I am sure that it would benefit someone here in Adelaide South AUstralia.

  • March 10, 2012 at 8:28 am

    My church has a basket that we make up every month for our pre-memee’s. In that basket is all kinds of stuff that people buy for babies in low income families that has special needs. There is always a blanket quilted and some hats crocheted in there, I do my best to help out in that project with whatever I make.

  • March 10, 2012 at 9:16 am

    For a while I sponsored making sleeping bags for the homeless out of castoff fabrics. Mostly I assist the guild in producing quilts for charity projects…last year we made about 20 quilts for the people in Hinkleburg (sp?) AL who had lost everything in last spring’s tornadoes. I particularly enjoyed making a number of “pillowcase” dresses from my stash for our mission team to take to an African orphanage last fall. Next I’m going to try using little T-shirts and sewing fabric on the bottom for the skirt.

  • March 10, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    I would LoVe to win this pattern and have a give away on my blog too.
    I make drainage bags for the cancer care unit for my daughters hospital and I make Blankets of Love for our local hospital for their neo-natal unit.
    Two very worthwhile causes!
    Fingers crossed xxx :)

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