Bright blue and yellow sunflowers are symbols we have come to know and identify with the incredible spirit of the Ukrainian people. Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began, the need to hold up these symbols and recognize what is happening is stronger than ever.
If you’ve been keeping up with current events lately, like us, you’re probably wondering what you can do to help those in the Ukraine. Quilters and cross stitchers are innately generous and ready to serve. We join others in lending support and donating where we can help. And we know that donations are needed to support the people of Ukraine in this time of need and uncertainty. For more details read on below.
Stitch & Donate
One of our new cross stitch patterns from the Petite Stitches series that we released this week is a sunflower design. It’s a sign of peace and strength. The world needs both right now. We invite you to stitch and share this pattern to show your support for Ukraine. When you download the free pattern, please make a donation to the charity of your choice that is helping Ukrainians affected by the war. To find charities aiding in the crisis, this list is a good place to start.
Quilters Stand for Ukraine
Others Helping Ukraine
Several designers have created or shared blocks to raise funds and awareness for Ukraine.
- Aurifil highlights several of these quilt blocks on their blog
- Quiet Play has designed a Sunflower Block
- Bonnie Hunter and Gudrun Erla are hosting sew alongs and fundraising
- Vanessa Goertzen shared a Sunflower Block
If you know of other quilters or stitchers working to help the humanitarian efforts in Ukraine, please drop them in the comments below. And together let’s use our powers as makers to show that love will always be greater than hate.