Saturday, February 28, 2009

Koala Quilt Give- away!

Here is my latest finish, a UFO from a year or so back. I began it for a class then changed my mind short of the border on this little quilt, & used something else instead. I think that it has turned out to be a darling wall hanging for a Koala lover!
I designed & quilted it with 100% cotton fabric & batting, it measures 22" square & has a rod pocket on the back for hanging.
I had sort of forgotten about it but pulled it out in view of the tragic fires in Australia & decided to finish it & offer as a gift on my blog to draw attention to the plight of the victims & survivors both human & animal.
At the top of the sidebar you will find a list of websites with more details of the damage from this disaster & the many ways in which any of us from anyplace in the world can offer help. There are lots more organizations & individuals that have set up ways to help if you want to do more internet searching, but I wanted to put together a selection of sites that make it easy for everyone to find one that appeals to them.
The Australian Red Cross & Australian Salvation Army are two of the main volunteer organizations helping out.

As with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the need for assistance will linger for years & there is much we can do from donating supplies[especially for locals in Australia] to contributing money, or items for auction to raise money, as on eBay & Etsy. If you purchase from one of these listed vendors their profits or a percentage there of go to the Australian Bushfire Appeals.

210 people are so far confirmed dead and 37 still missing as workers continue to search the ruins.
Estimates of the animal carnage range between one & two million.
Three weeks later more fires continue to burn & new ones break out, the situation is still desperate as thousands of fire fighters from Australia & New Zealand battle to prevent another round of firestorms.

If you would like to be in the running to receive this little quilt, just leave me a contact link under comments, either your blog or an email where I can reach you. Don't forget because I can't find you if I don't know where you are!
I'm going to leave the offer open from today, February 28th. through 14th.March to give everyone a chance to hear about it and then I will mail this quilt to the one whose name my DH will draw on March 15th. [the Ides Of March] no matter where in the world you live!
Thank you for taking the time to read, I hope that you have learned something new today!


Pat said...

This is a beautiful wall hanging. It is so generous of you to do this.
It would look really nice in my living room. LOL
Pat B

farmlady said...

I think this is such a wonderful idea. There has been so much suffering down there and I don't think that the media, here, has given this tragedy much coverage.This is a beautiful way of helping your mother country.
With admiration, Connie

Beeshebags said...

Ros, How cute, it looks just like they're peaking in the window....Anyone would be more than happy, including me, to own such beautiful work.

Adelaide, Sth Australia

GARI said...

That is a darling little quilt and would look really good in my studio.

Jenny F said...

What a lovely idea Ros and generous of you to give it away. I especially love the koala hiding behind the window!
I really hope lots of people hear about your quilt and through your site the plight of those affected by the bushfires. There is such a need and so many ways to help.
Jenny F

Gabriele said...

Thank you for collecting all of the links to assist victims of the Australian bush fires and for being so generous to have a drawing of your adorable wall hanging.
It is unfortunate that when people are not immediately touched by an event like this that the awareness, that help is still needed, quickly fades .

Sølvi's blog said...

Sad story - thanks for telling.
And wow what a little cutie you have made. I would like to be in the drawing.

Julie said...

Thank you for the links to the bush fires. I had only vaguely heard of them and didn't realize how tragic it was. I would love to be in your drawing. It's a wonderful wallhanging.

Susan said...

Love the quilt, Ros. It would be a great inspiration piece hanging on the bare walls of my new longarm studio.
Susan Tashiro
stashiro @

Khris said...

The koalas look so real peeking into the windows from their trees...hugs Khris

Sandra said...

Beautiful little quilt. The Koalas are so cute. This reminds me of the picture in the paper of the fireman giving the koala a drink of water in the burned out forrest. You are very generous.


Candace said...

Your quilt is beautiful, and for such a good cause. I was sorry to read of your illness in quiltvillechat, I hope that you are doing well and will be able to go home tomorrow as you hope.

SandyQuilts said...

It's adorable. I never thought of doing one in attic windows ... I've written it in my book (to do). Please throw my name into the pot.

ewiebke1 said...

Ros, that is sooooo cute. Please enter my name. Esther

Maree said...

Hey, Ros! What an absolutely adorable wallhanging and what an incredibly generous offer!!! Thank you so very much!!! One of my online groups is making quilts to send to Australia. I'd be honored to be included in your drawing and, if I'm lucky enough to win, the koalas will be a gift to my oh so sweet five year old granddaughter. Thanks a bunch!!!

Maree in North Carolina :-)

ClassyChassy said...

Adorable! Please enter my name as well...

And thanks for calling attention to all of those needing help! Bless you....

PC said...

I have never entered a quilt give away before and not srue I am doing it right. But I think this is lovely. Thanks for letting me be a prt! Paula from Idaho

Moira said...

What a nice thing to do Ros. I'd love to win the wall hanging as a memory of having met you in person. =)

Coloradolady said...

oh, this is so very cute! What a great gift to offer. Your blog is really an eye opener, I agree, I think there has not been enough media coverage about this.

Please enter me!
smelkoski (at) yahoo (dot) com

T Lee said...

Pick my number DH!!!! I am wiiling it!

TLee @

pammiejo said...

Another blog I've come upon that I've never visited before - thank you so much for visiting my blog and commenting. You've done some absolutely beautiful quilts and I like the idea of finishing those that were started but not finished. I'm interested in your give-a-way so enter me, please! PAM