Sunday, March 20, 2022

H2H Sign-ups-- start your machines!

 Hello everyone, and welcome back to the Hands2Help Challenge for 2022! Happy first day of spring! It's time to get this party started, and I can't think of a better day for it.
The day is here! It's time to sign up for the Challenge. You can do that by filling out this easy-peasy form. You already know all the answers! Just click below and follow the link:

Hands2Help signup form



Frequently asked questions:


Mari, why do I have to sign up? Can't I just make a quilt?
Yes, you could just make a quilt, but signing up saves me time and trouble. I'll use the signup emails to communicate with you, including sending coupons and discounts offered by vendors and sending you the shipping addresses for our charities. I'll also already have your address when it's time for the prizes, so you'll get a happy surprise in the mail without fuss.

Do I have to have a blog or IG to participate?
No, not at all! Anyone can participate. I do ask you to sign up, though, for the reasons above. 

How is my information handled or shared? 
The only one who will see your address is me, with the possible inclusion of someone who helps with mailing out packages. I'm not selling the list, and the form is public but the responses are not. When the Challenge is over, I will delete the form and all your information.
Is there any way to get reimbursed for postage or shipping?
Sadly, no, though Little Lambs offers a way to send quilts to them with less financial outlay. Information will be in an email sent to those who sign up.
Can I get a tax receipt?
I do not provide tax receipts or advice, but Little Lambs will send a receipt on request. Important disclaimer: consult your own tax advisor for tax questions!

I'm not in this for prizes. What if I just want to make quilts?
I understand! Please sign up and check the box that says "no prizes, please." You will get a thank you note from me, and any coupons or offers that everyone else gets, but not be in the prize drawings.  
Do you have hashtags and other social media stuff?
Thanks for asking! I am on Instagram (@academicquilter), so you can tag me if you'd like. I've been using the hashtags #hands2help2022 and #handstohelp2022, but others are welcome. I don't have a Facebook account for the blog, but you can feel free to share your pretty quilts there and direct people back to the H2H tab on this blog for more information. The sharing code for our button is also on the tab and at the bottom of THIS post.

What if I think of another question?
Email me and I'll be happy to answer! academicquilter AT gmail DOT com

I think that's it for now. Please take a look at the updated prize list-- we've had a number of things come in since last week, and be sure to let the sponsors know how glad you are for their participation. Maybe put a little note of thanks in the message box with your next online order to say thanks? It never hurts!

Schedule reminders

Next week, March 27, is our first linky party! This is an opportunity for you to link up your own very easy quilt pattern, your favorite free donation quilt pattern, and/or your best tips for donation quilts. It doesn't have to be a new post, but if you want to write a new one, please do, and link it up so that we can all see it and learn from it.

Guest bloggers share their own ideas for quick blocks or quilts starting on April 3 with Wendy from Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life.
On April 10, Sandra from mmm quilts is our guest blogger. On April 17, we have a linky party to show off your progress on your donation quilts.

Alycia from Alycia Quilts is our guest blogger on April 24, and Cathy from Crazy By Design takes over on May 1. Preeti from Sew Preeti Quilts wraps up the guest bloggers for us on May 8. 

On May 15 and May 22, I'll have a parade of quilty pictures from any of you who don't have blogs but would like to show off your beautiful creations. Send me your pictures when you finish your quilt, and I'll post them over those two days.

May 29 is our linky party to show off finished quilts! The Challenge ends on June 5, with prizes shipped out that week.

Thanks again to everyone for their support! And now that we're "officially" open: ready? set? stitch!


ButterZ said...

Thanks Mari, I have signed up and I hope to get a top made for Victoria’s Quilts Canada

Katie said...

Oh boy! The number of squirrels in my sewing room just keeps having reasons to multiply! Thanks for being in charge this year - it's gonna be great!

Sharon Tucker said...

Yay! I'm all signed up and ready to go :-) Thank you for hosting this year. I hope Sarah will be able to take it back next year <3

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

Thank you, Mari, for hosting this year! I hope all goes smoothly for you. I have three quilts to donate this year - happy to be participating again!

Alycia~Quiltygirl said...

Awesome!!! I look forward to seeing all the cool quilts!!

Quiltdivajulie said...

Done (sign up that is). I've pulled three tops for CIL (Covered in Love) and will work on getting their backs/bindings ready to ship with the tops. Hooray for the work you are doing to host H2H this year!!

sue s said...

Mari- I am signing up as a non-blogger with a goal of donating to one of these charities or somewhere closer to home. Glad to finally jump in!

Kat Scribner said...

Will you direct me to a post outlining the guidelines for quilt size, batting type required and age groups of the recipients, please?

Susie H said...

Thanks for being the "hostess with the mostest". Coordination is everything and you sound like just the person for it. Ready, willing, and able!

The Joyful Quilter said...

I'm all signed up, now I just need to get going on my project!! The good news is that I finished up the last of my blocks last week. :o))

tink's mom said...

I'm signed up and have finished my first H2H22 quilt. Hope to get one done for each of the listed organizations. Great of you to step in for Sarah.

piecefulwendy said...

You've got me signed up, right? This is a great post full of good information!

Sandra Walker said...

Thank you Mari, for stepping into Sarah's shoes this year. It is a HUMONGOUS job but such a worthy one and so very many of us look forward to, and make quilts for, the challenge. I've been doodling away ideas for a fast-to-make, use-up-lots-of-leftovers comfort quilt pattern!

Danice G said...

Signed up. Already finished my quilt and looking forward to the linky parties.

Quilter Kathy said...

How fun... let's sew!

Nann said...

Coming in late . . . thanks to Bonnie in VA for mentioning H2H in her post today. I've signed up!