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.