Saturday, October 29, 2011

BASICS GALA, humbled and grateful!

Here's what I brought home with me last night!
I want to share it all with you! Each of you who have ever donated a quilt to my BASICS QUILT DRIVE, owns a piece of this Community Service Award.  I may have gotten the ball rolling, but you all jumped in and helped out and gave something homemade and from your heart.  I am so grateful!
It's sometimes rare to get patted on the back for doing something that seems obvious to do.  When I asked Raul, Below, if he could take a few quilts for his Org. and replied, "do you have 700?"  You can't ignore when the NEED is placed in your hands.  I may have started out thinking small, (a few quilts)  But you all helped me think Bigger!  The thought of 700 families being on a waiting list for a home was a staggering number to me...  I couldn't ignore that.

Do you realize we've kept over 300 families WARM last year with all the quilts??  I'm worrying about the other 400...We need to get them quilts.

I spoke to Robert Gonzalez last night and he said in the past few days, 20 boxes arrived!  I'm so proud to hear that!  The quilts have been coming in, but I must say, we really need more. We're not at the 400 mark.. I need all your help to spread the word and help me get those quilts.

Robert and I are finalizing the date for the next Distribution day. It's looking like it will be the first week in December. As soon as it's set, I will let you know.  I would be thrilled to have some of you there to help out, and feel the love when we hand the quilts over to the new owners.

Click here to see all the old posts and all the great things that we've done with your quilts!!

I know it's a lot to ask, to make something and send it off...I know how much time it takes to make a quilt.  I thank you for your efforts, and I have to ask you for more.
 BASICS/Promesa Board members and last nights Honorees
What I need from you all.

Please help me in posting about the quilt drive. not just one day, but once a week, or every two weeks... Something short and sweet to put it out there... every little bit helps.

Ask your guild or local quilt shop if they can donate Charity quilts or Store samples.

Form your own little group to whip up quilts together.

Add the button to your blog.

Find those old quilt tops, finish them up.


Frequently asked questions:

**I do not take quilt tops to finish, nor does Basics accept unfinished quilts.
I already make a lot of quilts for Basics, and run my own custom quilt business.
This keeps me very busy.

I may have a name or two who would help longarm a quilt top for you, providing you include backing batting and binding.  ALSO, I will only offer that to someone who has already donated a quilt to BASICS. I need to ask that you complete at least one quilt on your own. (email me)

All size quilts are welcome and needed. Whatever we get, we find a home for.

The address and ALL the information is on the website

Please check the site to answer your questions before emailing me.  The less time answering emails the more quilts I can make. ;-)

Quilts get Sent to :
Basic Housing, Inc.
Attn: Robert Gonzalez / BBINC
540 East 180th Street,
Bronx, NY 10457

Pirates and Mermaids was the costume theme this year. Here's the two cutest Pirates I've ever seen. Buds, Boo & Josh.
Pat has been Helping me out spreading the word,  Can you help to?
Gen Q has helped.
Mark Lipinski has helped me out. Will be on his show in November....
Kathy of Pink Chalk has been helping out.
Sewinggood helped out.
Fabricshopper helped out.
Paperthreads helped out!
ModaLissa helped!
Moda Bakeshop helped! 
CraftGossip helped! 
Kristy at HopefulThreads helped!
and more and more and YOU!

Thank you fabulous quilters!!!


  1. What a beautiful post - you look fantastic!!!! An award well-deserved.. What fun they must have at BASICS opening twenty boxes of quilts! Can't wait to see the photos from the next distribution event - those are the best photos!

  2. congrats on the award I am happy I could help you by sending one quilt and a top , I hope to send another quilt this year .
    its such a great cause and a great need in our area.

  3. Ah, Victoria, beautiful picture of you and your award and flowers. You do deserve the accolades,as you have worked very hard for this cause.

    I am proud to be part of this too in having sent a few quilts in the past couple of years.

    Lovely post.


  4. Look at you, all humble. We couldn't have helped if you didn't lead the way. I have one more to quilt and then 5 will be on their way. Yeah! I'll make the deadline with all of them. Congratulations to you, it's a lot of spearhead any type of drive.

  5. and Boo is SOOO cute with her buddy!

  6. I know it was an awesome night. yay for you and for the quilters who made it possible!

  7. What a joy to read, Victoria! Congratulations and well deserved!

  8. Yeah! Congrats to you. Looks like a very fun night. ox

  9. Amazing you represent all that is in the heart of quilters. I am so glad you took on the challenge and involved us all.
    Quilts for bush fires and floods in Australia came from all over the world and I was happy to send back one small thankyou in return.

    Congratulations !!!

  10. You sooooo deserve that award!! Congrats!
    I am putting the button on my blog and the link to this post.
    Hugs, Deborah

  11. Congratulations on a well deserved award!!!
    "If you build it, they'll come!" - so will the quilt for your initiative! Will continue to send quilts & spread the word.

  12. What you have started here is amazing V, it is so wonderful that you received an award for it (looking gorgeous btw!). I will do a sing out. I loved the cards I got in the mail when my quilt was received, I now use them as bookmarks so I see them everyday. Love the pirates! xo

  13. Yeay! and big Bravo to you!
    I am so happy and proud of you, V.
    And yes, together we'll reach 700!

  14. Wonderful! Congratulations. And you look beautiful as always.

  15. Congratulations!! This is well deserved! So glad to be part of such a worthy cause. You look wonderful!

  16. Wonderful work...wonderful woman!!!

  17. How wonderful! you have collected so much it is awesome. I am honored to be able to help get the word out

  18. Congratulations on a well deserved award! None of us would have known to send the quilts if you had not started the ball rolling by setting the example with the original house block quilts and then worked tirelessly to get the word (and quilts) out.

    My next contribution is on the flimsie pile waiting to get quilted. Hope to make a contribution towards the 400 quilt goal soon!

  19. Congratulations to you Victoria! I sent my first quilt this year and I'm hoping to send more in the future! Keep us in the loop with the distribution day and if I can swing it with work I would feel honored to be there to help in any way I can!


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