As the days get shorter and temperatures start to dip, GSAFE wants to help you get cozy while supporting our LGBTQ+ youth. We are inviting quilters (along with crocheters, knitters, and other crafty artists) to donate to our 4th Annual Quilt and Fiber Art Auction to be held Nov 28 – Dec 4. We appreciate your time, talent, and generosity in advance!
Here’s what you need to know:
Theme: “In Rainbowland”
This year we’re encouraging donations inspired by the lyrics to the song “Rainbowland” by Miley Cyrus and featuring Dolly Parton. Earlier this year a school in Waukesha, WI prohibited a 1st grade class from performing it for their spring concert because it might be controversial. Their teacher voiced her concern about this and a long series of efforts to remove rainbows and other signs of support from district classrooms and hallways, and her tweet went viral, calling global attention to what’s happening in Waukesha and other school districts around Wisconsin and the country.
Size: Lap size quilts and larger are preferred. Could be a table runner, wall-hanging, and other styles. We’ve even received a quilted rainbow bath mat!
How to donate items: Please complete this auction donation form PDF or Google Doc (please make a copy before editing) and return by email or by mail. Please email email@example.com to make arrangements for mail or drop off. Items can be dropped off at the GSAFE office (122 E Olin Ave, Ste 100, Madison, WI 53713) or at Blue Bar Quilts (6333 University Ave, Middleton, WI 53562).
Depending on where you live, we might be able to arrange for a pick up.
Deadline: October 31st is preferred. Please drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re working on something and need a little longer.
I’m ready to quilt but don’t have supplies, help? We are accepting quilt quality fabrics (no small scraps) to be shared with talented hands that are eager and ready to start sewing. We’re also accepting quilt kits. Please email us at email@example.com if you’re interested in donating these items and/or if you’d like us to notify you when we have materials to send out.
Does my quilt need to be fully finished? Completed quilts are desired. We have a small crew of volunteers who might be able to assist by providing batting, backing, and quilting. Please let us know if you need an assist!
I’m not a quilter, but I make a mean afghan/scarf/handbag/etc. Can I contribute? Yes, we invite creators to donate a wide range of handmade fiber art items – maybe even a tuffet! We’re more than quilts! Please reach out to us first at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know what you’re thinking of submitting. If your item doesn’t work for this particular auction, there might be other opportunities!
How else can I help? Spread the word to your friends, family, and network. Make a direct donation to GSAFE at bit.ly/gsafequilts. Donate quilt-quality fabric and/or quilting skills. Sponsor our auction. Email us at email@example.com with your ideas!
Quilt and Fiber Art Auction Donation Form (Google Doc – please copy file before editing)
2023 Quilt and Fiber Art Poster (8.5 x 11 – Please post and share!)
(Please share above image on social media with auction link: GSAFEQuilts2023.givesmart.com)