One of my favorite features in TQL is “Helping Hands.” Here, in every issue, we have a chance to showcase the incredible generosity, creativity, and persistence of people who use sewing and quilting to make a difference in the lives of others.

In the February 2013 issue, on newsstands and in mailboxes now, we have just such a story. Customers buying new Berninas at the dealership in Madison, Wisconsin, where Margaret Jankowski works, frequently asked if someone needed their old machines. The answer, Margaret discovered, was a resounding “yes.” The picture at the end of this post will give you an idea of what the group known as the Sewing Machine Project (SMP) is doing. The story will warm your heart.

We at TQL have to seek out the most unusual, out-of-the-box quilt-related charitable efforts to feature because we only have six issues a year. We wish we could tell you about so many others–but if you’re a quilter, you probably already know. You’re in there stitching right now for our wounded warriors, for the victims of Hurricane Sandy, or for the survivors at Sandy Hook. You make quilts for Project Linus or for your local police officers to distribute. You put together something quick but pretty for your friend to take along to chemotherapy. You’re a quilter, and you know how to comfort. And you’re awesome…Jan Magee, The Quilt Life.

SMP in India. Photo courtesy the Sewing Machine Project


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