Thursday, January 15, 2015

Being of Service

If you have been a follower of my primary blog With Heart and Hands then you know that I have been making my own "healing hearts" or comfort quilts, for community and charitable giving since I first learned to quilt. And above all else, I seek to be of service..both in my real life, and virtually through my blog. 

Martin Luther King was born on my father's birthday, January 15th, so in honor of both of these fine men, both pioneers in their own lives and in their own ways, I always quilt and sew for charitable causes on this day.....always!

Today, I am working on 6 charitable quilting projects at once. I already began them last week, all made from donated scraps and blocks from my local quilt guild's 'free table'. But in honor of today and MLK's "Be of Service" day..usually celebrated by groups on the weekend either before or after the 15th, I have updated my most popular give aways...wayyyyy over 2,500 free quilt patterns, tutorials and links.

Here's a few fun photos of my past projects and things that I have done as I have been of service to my community..whether I have been in my childhood home on Douglas Island, Alaska or my current home in Salem, Oregon!

Just to give you an idea of the kinds of things that are near and dear to my heart....

Links to Making Kuspuks in 2008:
How to make a kuspuk
Kuspuks Make Front Page News
Juneau Empire Photos: Parka party 01/18/08 video

Links to Making Kuspuks in 2009
Sewing Kuspuks Again!

Links to Making Kuspuks in 2010:
Kuspuks Go to the Capitol

Kuspuk Fridays, KTUU, Anchorage News...our classroom featured as State Legislators wear their own kuspuks on Fridays!


 Just a few of my own links and free tutorials, patterns and links that can be used to create items for charitable giving and donation!


2,500 Free Quilt Patterns...patterns for quilts to make and give...anytime to anyone 

Free Babies, Childrens Quilt Patterns for children in need or in hospitals

Angel Wraps and Preemie Blankets for those born or lost too soon

Free Breast Cancer (and other cancers) Awareness Quilt Patterns

Free Heart Themed Quilt ...and many other small items...Patterns

Making a Heart Shaped Pillow for cardiac patients, mastectomy patients and others

String Pieced Prayer Pocket Pillow for any one in need of comfort

Quilted Book or Journal Cover...for someone in the hospital or on any healing journey

Making an Adult Bib

How To Make A Fabric Postcard...send a postcard to those who are ill or in need of comfort, anytime!

Make a Magic 'Burrito' Pillowcase..foster child programs, care homes etc.

How To Make A Quillow..great for foster children programs

Free Patriotic Quilt Patterns for veterans and their families

Blue or Gold Star Banner for Military Families

Michele Bilyeu blogs With Heart and Hands as she shares a quilting journey from Alaska to Oregon with thousands of free Quilting, Sewing, and Crafting Patterns and Tutorials. Help change the world, one little quilt, art quilt, and prayer flag at a time!