If you want to know the catalyst behind this project, check out the original Cross Plus Charity Drive post. My goal with this endeavor is to help minority teens and young adults get the help they need to set them up for long-term success. I'm hoping this endeavor will help a wide variety of organizations that meet the needs of these teens/young adults. There are so many who strive to help a specific population and my goal is to reach a variety of groups. I do not get any sort of compensation for supporting these organizations. I just do the research and find the organizations to help.
I'm currently taking suggestions for foundations and charities that benefit children and young adults of color. If you have an idea or suggestion for an organization to support, please email me at email@example.com
On the first of each month, I'll post the details about the organization/charity we'll be donating to. I'll also include the block instructions at the bottom of the post. I'll post reminders on instagram, so make sure you're following me there (@purplepoppyquilts) for updates on this undertaking. You can send blocks any time of any month, the monthly reminder posts will just be...reminders. The last week of the month will be the raffle ticket purchase/drawing. Raffle Tickets are $1 and there's no limit to how many you can purchase.
**If you'd like to donate to the construction of quilts (i.e., batting, backing, quilting, binding, shipping, or the money to purchase these items), please contact me via Instagram or email (Simplypurplepoppy@gmail.com).
JUNE NON-PROFIT SPOTLIGHT: COVENANT HOUSE
Because school is either out or almost out for all of the students, I wanted to highlight a group that helps homeless teens. The Covenant House (https://www.covenanthouse.org/) has locations across the country. They support homeless, runaway, abandoned teens and support initiatives to end human trafficking, teen suicide, foster care reform, and other important work. From their website:
Through a combination of support strategies, including educational programs, job training and placement, medical services, mental health and substance abuse counseling, legal aid and beyond, we help young people embrace the great promise of their lives, overcome steep barriers to independence and strive to achieve their aspirations.
In addition, they are spearheading an initiative to be data driven in their legislative and humanitarian efforts.
...we have begun creating, analyzing and leveraging the largest single dataset on homeless and trafficked youth ever across our work in six countries. This data also offers other interested stakeholders – service providers, researchers, advocates, policy makers and funders – an archive that can inform future decision-making to reshape the vital work of engaging disconnected youth and supporting their development.
In support of these strategies, CHI spearheaded the federation-wide development and implementation of a robust data management platform, utilizing Social Solutions' Efforts to Outcomes (ETO) software. Covenant House's ETO team facilitated an intensive implementation process, soliciting input from program sites, supporting locally customized database construction and providing hands-on training to staff at all levels. Our international platform allows Covenant House to monitor program activity and performance across sites and conduct comparative analyses to inform learning.
During the last week of the month, you can purchase raffle tickets and/or donate via the "DONATE" button on this blog. If you'd like your donation to go to the construction of the quilts, instead of to the specific organization, please email me/message me on Instagram and we'll make other arrangements for you to donate.
On the last day of the month, I will draw a winner from the raffle ticket purchases and send this quilt to you! I will also publish how much money was raised and make the donation to this month's organization.
Cross Plus Block Construction:
I chose this block and resized it so that you can hopefully use up some scraps! Change the world and use up scraps! It's a win/win! You can use a jelly roll strip or charm squares for almost every part of this block. For this block drive, we're using the instructions on Bad Skirt's blog, with a couple changes.
1. Your cutting instructions will be slightly bigger because our block will be 10.5" unfinished, instead of the 8" in her tutorial. You'll need one print for the center +, one black print for the outer edges, a variety of low volume prints, and 4 bright, happy squares, as pictured in the diagram below. Because we want bright, saturated fabrics, please stay away from NAVY, GRAY, AND BROWN for any part of this block.
2. The tutorial has you cut the larger squares on the bias. You don't need to do that for this block. Just cut your 4.5" squares as normal.
Make the outer "spokes" first, pressing towards the middle (aka, the darker fabric). Then assemble the center + and black prints, pressing towards the center + fabric. Then assemble the rows.
You can see in this photo the pressing directions. When you assemble your rows, press towards the middle. Same when you finish the block. If you feel strongly about it, you can also press all seams open.
When your blocks are ready, just message me on Instagram or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll send you my shipping address. Please make sure your blocks are sent in a waterproof bag. I'd hate for all your hard work to be ruined by the postal system!
I want to take a brief moment to thank you in advance. First, for reading through this entire post (phew!). And second, for your good, kind hearts. In working with at-risk kids in schools and communities, it's so easy to get discouraged and feel helpless. I know it may not feel like you're changing the world by making a few quilt blocks and using up scraps, but I've seen so much good come from small acts of love. So, thank you for being so wonderful and good in a world that often only sees the negative. I feel lucky to be a part of this amazing creative community.