#SewingForSydney: What Happened Next

I know, it’s been a while, a long while. Many of you have asked, “Whatever happened to all those hashtag quilts?” Due to the sensitivity of the events that have unfolded in the Australian media over the past two years, I have been forced to keep a somewhat hushed tone about their destination. Originally, these fourteen quilts were destined for the family members of the victims of the Sydney Siege. However, despite the best intentions, sometimes things don’t work out the way you plan. Throughout this time there have been some communication challenges, which has meant these finished quilts have sat untouched in my closet for over a year. This has hurt my heart every time I see them, and think of the frenzied hours of labour that all of you poured into them. So finally, I decided to pull the proverbial pin, and get them out of my closet into the hands of people who really need them now. 

To do so, I have partnered with KeepSafe Quilts founder Jackie Gillies (@jackiegillies) and the new local Sydney chapter organiser, Susan Adams. You can read more about the history of KeepSafe Quilts here, but in a nutshell the organisation is designed to create quilts “to comfort and heal those women and children who have escaped violent intimate partners.” The fourteen quilts created for #SewingForSydney will be gifted to those affected by this horrendous situation and local shelters in the Sydney area. While this is a departure from the original, intended recipients, I feel confident that the sentiment is maintained. I hope all of you that donated time, fabric, notions, quilting, stitches, postage, money, chocolate, energy and love, will feel satisfied that the quilts you created are going to help those in need.

Quick Stats:

2,169 hashtag blocks made
14 countries, 4 continents represented
Over 400 volunteers
Over $1200 raised
14 quilts made.

I’ll be attending a quilt making day this Saturday, 22 April at the Church In the Marketplace at Bondi Junction to deliver these precious goods. As the labels say, “A quilt is a hug that lasts forever,” I am positive that these will be received with open arms. Just so you know as well, all of the money contributed was donated to the Katrina Dawson Foundation and Beyond Blue, the designated charities of the families of the victims. All fourteen quilts are pictured below.. do you see your hashtag(s)? Please help spread the word about these quilts, as I want to ensure that all those that participated in any way know about their final destination. I’ll also be sharing each of them on my Instagram: @molli_sparkles. Once again, an enormous thank you to everyone for your support along the way!

This particular quilt was donated by the Aussie Cherish Circle of do. Good Stitches group, and is included as an honorary member of the #SewingForSydney group! Thank you to all members of that group for their contribution!

You can find the tutorial for the Hashtag Blocks here.

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18 Responses

  1. Salley Govey says:

    Well Done Molli. . . . .and all of the contributors.
    Such an inspiring project.

  2. Luisa says:

    I am happy for the women and children who will receive these quilts and I’m so glad that you finally get to give them away.

  3. Lynne says:

    Some of us made a quilt for the police involved too.

  4. Lis Martion says:

    Thank you Molli for caring for the quilts for so long. It is sad they’re not going to the designated families but at the same time it’s great to know they’re still going to families that need to feel the luv from others.
    I’m just glad I got to contribute to an amazing cause. 💖💖

  5. Lis Martion says:

    Sorry Molli hit wrong key in email 😯

  6. Tracy says:

    I’m happy to see them going to a good cause. Thanks for all your work in this. 😘#teampink

  7. Jan Altomare says:

    Great Job Molli!! A quilt to a good cause is a wonderful thing.

  8. Thank you so much for the update, Molli. I can definitely understand the delicacy of the situation and I am thankful that you found a way to get these quilts to someone in need. Thanks again for organizing it all and I deeply appreciate your care, concern, and extra sparkle of love you poured into this project.

  9. Quilter 501 says:

    Wow, wow, wow…..very impressive! What an awesome project! Too bad I wasn’t in the loop at that time….I would have loved to participate

  10. Lisa says:

    Aren’t they wonderful and sunny and bright…..I’m glad you took them out of the closet. Can I find my blocks? No, I can’t remember what I sent you but then I couldn’t find my Orlando quilts either! It sounds like a perfect cause to donate the blocks too. I am the co chair of my local guild’s outreach committee and we make quilts that go to a program housed in our hospital for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, so your cause is close to my heart.

  11. Sue says:

    Well done you. They were gifts to start with, so I’m sure they will find homes that need some cheer’ and the knowledge someone cares.

  12. Judy Cinerari says:

    I just saw my hashtag – mine is the wonky one! More than happy for these to go to victims of violence. Thanks for the organisation and the inspiration.

  13. Laurelle Coppard says:

    Sorry your original plan for them didn’t work out but it’s fantastic to hear they will still go to a great cause. Well done. All our heart’s were in the right place when we made those hash tags and thanks to you it gave us a small way to help out during a terrible time. x

  14. Debbie says:

    Appreciate your thoughtfulness surrounding this project and pleased to see the quilts gifted now. Thank you!

  15. Karen says:

    I think that is a fabulous idea. I have been a supporter of Keepsafe Quilts since it started and I think it is a most worthy destination for those quilts. Thank you for organising the initial quilt drive and getting them finished so they can donated.

  16. Caroline says:

    Thanks for the update Molli, great to know they are going to such a worthy cause!

  17. Thanks Molli and all the #sewingforsydney Glitterati for caring so much for the victims of violence. I’m sorry the quilts didn’t get to go to the original intended recipients. KeepSafe Quilts will definitely make sure that the quilts get to be used for their original intention though – to comfort the victims of violence. We are so grateful to your village of quilty peeps for their empathy and love. Cheers Jackie, Director – KeepSafe Quilts.

  18. Susan Grancio says:

    I “think” I made a block for you, lol, lost a bit in my aging memory. Thank you for getting all of the quilts made and safely stored. It surely sounds as if you found an excellent alternative need to meet with the donation to women and children who,have experienced domestic violence. Thank you. @susansquiltstudio

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