Today is July first and that means it’s also the first day of Skirting the Issue 2015!!!
Skirting the Issue is an event that we hold every July where we spend the entire month making skirts for girls in foster care to receive just in time for back to school!
It’s one of our very favorite times of the entire year….for many reasons….
Four years ago when Elizabeth and I started this project we didn’t know what an influence it would have on our lives. We started Skirting the Issue because we felt so blessed to be part of such a lovely online community of talented women, because we wanted to do something that would in some small way help others, and because we both have a special place in our hearts for foster children. (Elizabeth was raised with a foster brother and I spent several years teaching at a lock down school that was comprised of a majority of foster teens.)
So Skirting the Issue was born…and the first year we hoped to have at least 100 skirts made and donated…we thought that between us and our families we could do that…but at the end of the month we had over 300 skirts piled in my living room….and last year after they continued to trickle in past the “deadline” we had almost 1,000 skirts to donate to deserving girls! And while the number of skirts that are made and donated each year astounds us, what we find to be even more wonderful is all of you.
As I open each package of skirts and read the cards, letters and emails I can’t believe how generous and kind you all are. As time passes I believe that all of you who create, sew, and quilt are some of the kindest people on the planet. Skirting the Issue, for me really is like having Christmas in July. I love the comraderie I feel with each of you who are sewing along with us and I marvel at your goodness. And when I get to hold something that you’ve made and fold it carefully to be donated I feel like we have in someway finally “met” in person.
Over the next few days we will give you all of the details of how Skirting the Issue works (how you can be involved, where you can donate skirts, and even how you can win some of the prizes donated to us by our lovely sponsors) and then starting on Monday we have two bloggers every single day who will be sharing free skirt tutorials with you that you can use if you’d like to make skirts to donate to a girl in foster care! But until then….we are happy July is here….and we are looking forward to a fun fourth year of Skirting the Issue.
See you back here tomorrow with more details!
PS: We really have been excited for Skirting the Issue to start…so excited in fact that we already got a jump start last month with our Common Threads friends at Baby Lock where we spent a fabulous afternoon sewing up some knit skirts for teenage girls. In what seemed like no time at all we had 41 skirts finished and hanging on the wall. It was one of the nicest afternoons…..Thank you Baby Lock for hosting us and thank you to all you beautiful ladies who cheerfully sewed along with us there!