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A short episode to let you know what's going on at the moment and to say thank you to everyone who has commented! Also, a bit about a guild challenge for donation baskets for an upcoming silent auction.

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Thanks for your patience, everyone! I finally had enough of a voice today to record a podcast, and we had a lot of catching up to do! In this episode: a few announcements, catching up on the Quilting Gallery 4th Birthday Blog Hop, the Boxing Day Sew-In, and my thoughts on donation (aka charity) quilting. Plus, a new Flickr group and ongoing giveaways announced.

Don't forget the 2012 Quilting Resolutions Giveaway!

Sandi Colwell's Little Quilts for Big Occasions

Sue Hecker's Blog

Boxing Day Sew-In original blog post with great comments about donation quilting

BDSI follow-up blog post with my rant (and great comments, including alternative views)

New Flickr Group: Donation Quilt Projects (QFTRU)

Also--in this podcast I mentioned World of Charity quilts group--it's actually World of Charity Stitching. Here's their blog--they're starting a newsletter, so check it out!

Want directions for the Ugly Quilt project? http://www.uglyquilts.org/. (Check local organizations serving the homeless to see if they'd accept donations along these lines.)

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(Due to technical difficulties, there's no theme song music or my usual intro. Welcome to "Quilting...for the Rest of Us" unplugged!) In this episode, I announce some winners, reveal the next stash mystery challenge theme, and share the stories listeners have left in the BigTent forum on "Following in Our Mother's Footsteps." Listener comments and some upcoming stuff too!

To join the "Quilting...for the Rest of Us" Kiva team: http://www.kiva.org/team/quiltingfortherestofus (You'll need to become a Kiva member first, if you're not already.)

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In this episode, Hollis Chatelaine describes her initiative, Imagine Hope, a special exhibition featuring her art quilts and the work of photographers on global issues such as poverty, war, refugees, environmental justice, and much more. The exhibit is extremely moving, and I was thrilled to have the opportunity to talk with Hollis a little bit about her process, her quilts, and Imagine Hope's role in bringing people to awareness and action. (Following the interview, my usual announcements, listener comments, and Sandy update.)


Hollis Chatelaine (right) and Leslie Genszler, vice president of the Imagine Hope team. (Also a wonderful person to talk to--I just didn't get it recorded!)

For more information about Imagine Hope, visit www.imaginehopeworldwide.org and on Facebook.

For Hollis Chatelaine's textile arts, visit www.hollisart.com, and on Facebook.

See the "Do Good" page on this blog for information about the Imagine Hope shop--a great place for gifts (for others or for yourself!) that support this project.

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"Our mission is to create inspiring cultural works that provide sustainable income and well-deserved development opportunities for African women & girls." (Mission statement of BabaBlankets)

I was introduced to BabaBlankets at the International Quilt Festival in Houston this month where they had a vendor booth. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to introduce them to you as well! E. Aminata Brown, founder and designer of BabaBlankets, was able to take a few minutes out of her busy day to talk with me about the work of BabaBlankets in Ghana.

Below: Aminata Brown (left) of BabaBlankets with me in front of her booth at Houston. Photo courtesy Broderick Webb.

E-Aminata-Brown-and-Sandy-Hasenauer.jpg For more information, shopping, and their bricks-n-mortar store in New Orleans, visit www.babablanket.com.

To listen to Allison's "Within a Quarter Inch" podcast interview with listener Tami about printing photos on fabric:  http://withinaquarterinch.blip.tv/file/2765570/

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