Quilts.com and Sew, Mama, Sew!

Wow.  Just wow.

Huge week here at the IBOL Pacific Headquarters.

1.  Quilts.com posted a link about IBOL, up on Facebook (here).  For those of you who were involved last year, you will remember how they chimed in with a huge note of support, sent out via email to everyone headed to the International Quilt Festival in Houston.  How huge was their support?  I called it Super Secret Project 2 (SSP2, in IBOL-speak) and it sent a huge flock of people towards the site.  This year, they’re going one step farther — they are coordinating their own mirror support, working with me so that they can directly answer questions and coordinate packages (and answering a lot of emails, instead of me). Last year, I was unable to make it to the quilt show in Houston (I was still in Iraq, after all), but my wife and I are making plans to travel from Hawaii to Houston for the show — and to shake a few hands and to say thanks for all their help in support in spreading the word about IBOL.

2.  For those of you who remember last year, the online store Sew, Mama, Sew! in Beaverton, OR, chimed in to answer a question of mine.  I asked why a business couldn’t make and built bundles at or below cost, so that folks without a stash (like my brother) could also support the effort.  They did just that — with 161 bundles that they made, sold, and mailed to Iraq.  161!  They sold out in no time at all — we’re talking hours, not days or weeks.  It was an awesome gesture, and a great thing for them to do.  (to say thanks, the wife and kids and I made a trip to Beaverton, to see Kristin and her crew and to offer our thanks.)   Well, Kristin emailed me again this year, saying she’d seem my post about thread.  Guess what?  She’s doing it again.  Here’s your chance, or the chance for others, to be involved and support IBOL is you’re stash-light or (gasp!) without a stash at all.  Go here to this post from Sew, Mama, Sew! for more about their $4 thread bundles — it’s a wonderful opportunity.

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11 Responses to “Quilts.com and Sew, Mama, Sew!”

  1. Carol Says:

    Reading between the lines, I think I’ll have to place an order with one of these fine establishments to thank them for their generosity. (; No, no, it’s the least I can do….

  2. jennifer Says:

    i read about the thread bundles this morning just before reading your post. the fine folks at SMS are a great bunch, aren’t they? i’ve already included thread and buttons in my IBOL-in-progress for this year and did last year as well.

    if you’re really coming to houston, are you going to be here for market or the festival/show or both? i’d love to have a moment to say “hello” to you and shake your hand in thanks!

    • IBOL Guy Says:

      Looks like we’ll be there for the show. Zoom in after we vote here in Hawaii, and stick around until Sunday. My super-brother (ok, my only brother) is in Austin, so this is something of a perfect storm, a chance to see both.

      And yes, SMS is awesome. Love, love, love them — and from the looks of our Mastercard bill, my wife does, too.

  3. Lisa Says:

    I’m in. Address, please.

  4. Melanie Ham Says:

    I saw the post on Sew Mama Sew, can I have the address to mail a bundle?

  5. Alice H. Says:

    OK, slugg or not, I finally got one in the mail. This year’s 1st package is mostly 2 big pieces of yard goods wrapped in a yard of linen, with some bags of buttons and threads and embroidery yarns and needles and a few crochet hooks in the center. Had to stuff and pull the tape tight, but all 8 pounds made it into the flat rate box. 8^)

    Who knew cleaning out could be fun.

  6. quiltdivajulie Says:

    Thanks for the update – already ordered multiple thread bundles …

  7. Allison Says:

    Just saw the post on SMS–could you please send me the address? Thanks!!

  8. obscure Says:

    Thank you! Working on my bundle and just ordered a thread bundle to make up for the small amount of thread I had I had in my stash.

  9. sewjournal Says:

    I have just signed up with Sew Mama Sew for some of their bundles and plan to blog about your effort on my blog, sewjournal.com tomorrow – 19 September Aussie time. Good luck with your efforts I think it’s a great inititaive.

  10. Susan Says:

    Oh, no! I almost missed the return of IBOL. Please send me the address so I can send some sewing supplies. Thanks!

    And enjoy the Houston Quilt show.

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