Reported Heart with Perfect Timing Oct12

Reported Heart with Perfect Timing...

Thanks to all who take the time to report a heart as found.  Sometimes, the person who created the heart just needs to know that it found a home.  Here is a story from one heart sower:   I just wanted to let you know yesterday was one of the most stressful, scary days of my life. I got a call from my daughter’s school that a mobile crisis unit was on the way to see her at school. They’d found a suicide note & had to talk to her. Words escape me to adequately convey the depth of my feelings when I got that call. Last night was a tear filled sleepless night for me, wondering how I’d missed the signs I felt I should have seen. Being thankful the school caught it & was proactive. Then this morning after dropping my kids off at school, an email appears & one heart reported as found was one of mine. Knowing it made someone at least smile was the glimmer of joy I needed at that very moment. Whomever found it, thank you for sending some of the love I left for you back to me. I really needed it today.       Share...

Healing Hearts Aug23

Healing Hearts

A story sent in by one of our IFAQH community members: I thought I would share my story with you. I was making a quilt for my mother but she passed away before I could finish it, for a long time it sat almost finished but I couldn’t bring myself to finish it, then I found IFAQH and have turned mums quilt into hearts to share the love I had for my mother.  The single heart I will keep as a personal reminder of my wonderful mum, and it hangs from her picture. The second picture is the hearts I made from mums quilt, this also helped in the healing process.   Share...

Tag Samples Aug12

Tag Samples

To all our new sewers and sowers, we are thrilled you have joined the IFAQH community to brighten the day of a random stranger one heart at a time.  Please remember all tags should include “I Need A Home“, and our website “www.IFAQH.com.” Additional optional phrases are “Report Me as Found”, “You are Loved”, “Made for You” and #IFAQH. Please refrain from adding any other words or phrases. The IFAQH project has no strings attached, no hidden agenda. Thank you!    (For your convenience, we have tags to print with the website info. http://www.ifoundaquiltedheart.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/rec-tangle-website-with-qr-label.pdf) Share...

More Heart, Less Attack Apr25

More Heart, Less Attack...

The random act of kindness project, I Found a Quilted Heart (IFAQH), is not merely a project, it has become an integral part of who we are and what we continue to aspire to be – more compassionate, caring, concerned, and empathetic towards all. Recently while at lunch and listening to music, I heard this phrase in one of the songs “More Heart, Less Attack”, and I have been contemplating that phrase for days.  There is negativity in this world, and we can choose to dwell on it and become fearful, or do something to try and make a difference. When I hear the word ‘heart’ or see a heart, I instantly think of IFAQH, the simple little project my sisters and I started over three years ago.   We have become the crazy heart ladies (as some of our children have called us)- it is true, each of our master bedrooms have been turned into the craft room where our sewing machines, ribbon holders, thread and button boxes, and hearts in all phases of production, fill every corner.   We have bike riding IFAQH board meetings, take sister heart sowing adventures, have field trips to fabric stores to purchase more buttons, ribbon and fabric than we could use in a lifetime, and in each step of the process, we think of all the people who have been touched and will be touched, in one manner or another by IFAQH.   History has never been my thing, I am not an authority or expert, but the little that I do know is there have been turbulent times since the beginning of the human race.  People have hurt people just because of differences of opinion, race, religion, gender, income, or place of origin.  The difference with the...

Joining the Project Mar19

Joining the Project

My husband passed away 2-7-17 and I started making hearts to share his love and help cope with his loss. He gave me my sewing machine when we first got married 27 yrs ago and I have just started using it. Over the past year he has found beautiful buttons that are perfect for this project and I have his mom’s sewing box with beautiful lace for heart so what a perfect combination! So glad my friend shared with me about this right before Christmas this year. What a blessing to make and share, hope that who ever found them enjoys them and feel loved as I did. Share...

Gifted Hearts Sep08

Gifted Hearts

The I Found A Quilted Heart project is about placing a heart in a public place for a random stranger to find, to brighten their day and remind them they are loved.  Once in a while we will get reports of gifted hearts and we are a bit conflicted on what to do with the stories.  Gifted hearts are wonderful, but not the heart of the IFAQH project. We love that these gifted hearts have brightened the day of the receiver, so we want to share the story of the gifted hearts.  Enjoy.   I was given the quilted heart by a lady that found it at Vickery’s in Mt. Pleasant and told me to pass it on. She said I want to give you this but you have to promise to pass it on! I agreed!!       I was at my car loading groceries into the trunk and nice lady who pulled up beside me asked if I wanted a heart and then handed this to me. Made me smile and made my day a little bit better. Thank you       Was doing some seasonal cleaning of my closet when I found this in a shoebox that I received as a gift and forgot all about! I have no idea how long this lovely little heart was sitting in there but today was a great day to find it!       I was at my car loading groceries into the trunk and nice lady who pulled up beside me asked if I wanted a heart and then handed this to me. Made me smile and made my day a little bit better. Thank you Share...

Dear Friends Jan23

Dear Friends

Dear IFAQH Friends, We recently received this letter from the Federal Government: “Our backcountry patrol volunteers recently discovered one of your quilted hearts hanging from a tree on a trail in Big Bend National Park. As cute as the heart was (and with good intentions), leaving/abandoning objects in the Park is expressly prohibited without a permit. Even the trail work and signs in the Park are built to look as non-conspicuous as possible, so as to not negatively detract from the natural experience. On behalf of Big Bend Bend National park, I am requesting that no more such quilted objects be left unattended in the Park- please help us keep the wild places wild for this and future generations! I would appreciate confirmation of this notice, so we can consider the situation resolved. Thank you. For reference: Code of Federal Regulation Title 36, 2.22 (a) Property states “The following are prohibited (1) Abandoning property (2) Leaving property unattended for longer than 24 hours” _______________________________________ We love that new sewers and sowers are joining this heart warming, random act of kindness project, generously giving of their time and resources to sew and sow hearts to brighten the day of a stranger.  The founders of IFAQH encourage all to periodically review the guidelines posted on our website.  When sharing the project with others who may want to join the fun, please share the guidelines with them so they can be informed heart sowers! Here are the guidelines as posted on the IFAQH website: A few reminders when sowing hearts:  Do not hand them, give them, or gift them to people. (Hearts need to be “found”) Do not make it a treasure hunt such as posting clues, geocaching, etc. (Not random) Do not leave them on personal...

Winter Heart Sowing Dec27

Winter Heart Sowing

Alert! Keep your eyes open – hearts are being placed all over the globe and they need a home! These special little hearts need homes to fulfill their purpose of spreading the message of joy and love.  As this random act of kindness project grows, we know that not only are the finders of the quilted hearts feeling the love, but also the makers (sewers), planters (sowers) and followers of IFAQH.  How exciting is it to see the heart that you lovingly made and/or sowed for a random stranger be found and fulfill its destiny – at just the right moment, for just the right person?   The simplest things like sewing, sowing, reading about, or finding a quilted heart gives us an opportunity to slow down and reflect on the goodness that is all around us. With winter upon us and inclement weather in many locations, sowers may be tempted to place hearts inside retail stores in order to protect the heart and still share the love.  Please resist the temptation!  Hearts should not be placed inside grocery stores, pet stores, clothing stores, etc. Hearts also need to be found by a random stranger.  Sowers of hearts please do not sow a heart on someone’s car, on their bike, in their pocket or home, or on the tip tray, to be “found” is not a found heart, it is a gifted heart.   If you are the random stranger who finds a heart, it is yours to keep and know that you are loved!  We do want you to share the joy of finding a heart with your family and friends. IFAQH is about a random stranger finding a quilted heart to brighten their day and remind them they are loved. The random person...

We Give Thanks Nov26

We Give Thanks

Today in the USA many of us are celebrating Thanksgiving.  For the three sisters of IFAQH, every day is a day of Thanksgiving.  This project has touched hundreds of people throughout the world with joy, encouragement, and hope.  Every heart placed in a public place for a random stranger to find is made with love, simply to say “You are Loved.” Thank you to all the finders of hearts who have taken the time to report a heart as found and share your story.  Thank you to all those sewers who have joined this project by making quilted hearts. Thank you to all the sowers who place hearts in public places for a random stranger to find. Thank you to all the followers of IFAQH.  You are a great community of new friends. Thank you to our family for being part of our obsession of IFAQH, we know we have enough fabric, buttons and ribbon to last us 10 lifetimes. We give thanks today and everyday for you!   Share...

IFAQH Reminders Sep06

IFAQH Reminders

Greetings to the IFAQH community and friends! Our little project of placing small quilted hearts in public places for a random stranger to find, to brighten their day and remind them that they are loved, has spread faster than any of us ever imagined. As the project continues to grow, we would like to remind everyone of the basic foundation of this project: Each heart is placed in a public place where a random stranger can find it to brighten their day.   Here are a few specific reminders: They should not be placed for a specific person to find. Hearts should not be placed in the following locations: Not inside retail stores: Hearts have been reported on cash registers and mixed with store merchandise.  Please refrain from sowing inside retail establishments. Not on personal property:  This removes the “random stranger” portion of our project.  If it is on someone’s personal property, a “random stranger” would not feel comfortable picking it up.  Examples of places where hearts have been reported on personal property:  bike basket, front door handle and porch, car window, glove box & windshield wiper, mailbox, suitcase, computer desk, kitchen counter. Refrain from giving or handing hearts to stranger.  Again hearts need to be found by a random stranger, not given to a random stranger. Finders: If you find a quilted heart, it is yours to keep!  We hope you keep it as a reminder that someone was thinking of you, and that you are loved. We are thankful for the IFAQH community – those who read the stories, those who have begun sewing hearts, those who sow hearts, those who share the story of IFAQH, and those that share their story of finding a heart. We hope you all know that YOU...

Hearts Belong in Public Places Feb21

Hearts Belong in Public Places...

We are so excited that many others are joining in on the  joy and fun of sewing and sowing quilted hearts to brighten the day of the person who finds it.  It is amazing to us how just the right person finds just the right heart!! The pictures and stories we receive reflect the smiles and joy that comes with finding a heart.  Simple pleasures! We want to remind all of our IFAQH friends that have their friends and family joining the project to have them visit the sowing guidelines of I Found a Quilted Heart, which are posted on our website under “SOWING”.   The guidelines are simple – place hearts in public places for random strangers to find. A few examples of places not to sow: Do not leave them on someone’s personal or private property, such as a front porch, car, truck, motorcycle, bicycle, desk, mailbox, suitcase, etc. (Not random and it can be disturbing to the person that finds it knowing someone approached their personal property.) Do not just hand them or give them to people. (Hearts need to be “found”) Do not leave them in retail stores.  (They can be mistaken for merchandise) Do not leave them in airports. (Homeland security would not approve!) Do not leave them in National Parks or Wilderness areas. (we received a complaint from the Federal Government) Do not leave them where they may be thrown away by staff The purpose of the project is simple – put a smile on the face of the person that finds the heart and to remind them that they are loved.  Let’s continue to spread joy around the world one heart at a time! If ever there is a question, please feel free to email us at ifoundaquiltedheart@gmail.com....

MISSING:  Quilted Heart Jan30

MISSING: Quilted Heart...

One year later, and we still are looking…… Please share this post and help us find the person that made the heart that inspired the I Found a Quilted Heart project. The heart was found on January 29, 2014 at Rainbow Vista in Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada, USA. Thanks for sharing! Share...

Happy Anniversary Jan29

Happy Anniversary

Anniversary Today is the one year anniversary of finding the first quilted heart that inspired the I Found A Quilted Heart (IFAQH) project.  We still wonder who made the beautiful little heart that was found in Valley of Fire in Nevada, January 29, 2014.  We are so grateful to the person who made it, but have so many questions.  Was it left on purpose? What was that purpose? Was it lost? Who made it/left it/lost it/placed it? Was there more than one?  We don’t know the answers  but we do know we are thankful for finding it!  It is our  hope that someday the mystery of this first quilted heart will be revealed and we will know the history behind the little heart that started the IFAQH project. Who are “We” Finding the first heart changed us, it inspired us and it brought us closer together in a united purpose.  Who are we?  We are three sisters who work, play, and laugh together.  We are very like minded and embrace each others unique strengths and weaknesses.  We are passionate about reaching people in all corners of the world with the message that they are loved – that passion has become I Found a Quilted Heart.  We have our weekly IFAQH “board meetings” while riding our bikes or walking our dogs around town. We rejoice with each new heart that is reported, brainstorm on ways to reach more people, talk about how to engage more participants in sewing and sowing, and most of all discuss how we can be most effective at sharing our joy the best possible way – one heart at a time. The IFAQH Project After experiencing the joy of finding that first quilted heart, we decided to start a project of...

YOU ARE LOVED! Jan24

YOU ARE LOVED!

  You Are Loved!  There is a day on the calendar set aside to show love, give love, and share love, but the I Found a Quilted Heart community desires to spread that message of love every day, throughout the world – one heart at a time.  Every heart sewn is sewn with love.  Every heart sown, is sown with love.  All for the very purpose of spreading joy to the random stranger that finds a quilted heart and for that random stranger to know that they matter, and they are loved! I Found a Quilted Heart wants to share the message, that you are loved, every day of the year.  These hearts will be departing the sewing room very soon to be sown in public places for more random strangers to find.  We are thankful for all the reports of hearts that have found new homes, as they are an encouragement to all of us – those who have sewn hearts, sown hearts and those that have not sewn or sown but follow I Found a Quilted Heart to read the stories.  And remember, you are loved every day of they year! Share...

Social Media Share Jan04

Social Media Share

Share this pic and tag others who may be interested in joining the project.   Share...

Creating family memories! Dec30

Creating family memories!...

The family made memories tonight creating quilted hearts, that will hopefully be on their way to Thailand next week. Spreading the love one heart at a time. Share...

Heart Blesses Precious Little Girl Sep14

Heart Blesses Precious Little Girl...

One of IFAQH’s friends started making making hearts in North Carolina to give to her granddaughter  so that she could sow them on the road. She was to leave one at each race track because her dad, Brian Scott, is a race car driver.  At the race in  Ohio recently, NASCAR was doing a benefit for a sweet little girl, Avery, who is very sick with heart issues. NASCAR let Avery choose the color for Brian’s car  and enlarged her drawings to put on his car.  Our friend told her granddaughter about the  IFAQH rules (can’t go up and give it to someone, etc.)  and she stuck to the rules until the race in Ohio.   Our friend’s granddaughter stepped outside the website guidelines and handed her quilted heart to Avery, who was almost too sick to attend the race.  IFAQH’s guidelines were “broken”, but is was a heartfelt, precious gesture indeed.  Little Avery is holding the heart in the pictures, and as you can see from the BIG smile on her face, it has touched her heart. Share...

Flurry of Hearts Aug16

Flurry of Hearts

I Found A Quilted Heart has received several reports of hearts being found as the result of a scavenger hunt in Lincoln, CA.  It sounds like there has been a talented and enthusiastic heart sewer who is sharing her talents and hearts with others.  While the I Found A Quilted Heart project does not use a scavenger hunt style for planting hearts (See FAQs) we thought we would post some of the reports received and a collage of the photos sent to us.  (See Below) It is fun to see young people so creative and active in the community! Enjoy! IFAQH   “1. Date heart was found: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 2. Location it was found: Twelve Bridges Elementary School, Twelve Bridges development of Lincoln, CA 3. Description of how you found your quilted heart: Honestly I feel like I cheated. My neighbor made a whole bunch of these and left them around our development. I knew she had because her mom had posted “hint pictures” on our city’s FB page. I recognized several locations but wanted to leave the fun for someone else. On my way in to work I could see the little red pillow heart still sitting on the bench in front of the school so I stopped and claimed it as mine!” “I found this gorgeous heart crafted by 11 year old Emily in Lincoln, California at our old Fresh and Easy location. The heart even smells terrific, it has fresh lavender inside.  We were given clues on a community Facebook page.” “found our heart at a park under an oak tree in Lincoln ca at about 230 pm. a very nice lil girls mother gave clues as to where to find these hearts and as a nice way of...

Delighted Finders, Share the Joy Jul29

Delighted Finders, Share the Joy...

I am happy to attach photos of the heart found by my children on the cliffs of moher as well as one that they made whilst still in Ireland to leave at a spot that became very dear to them during our visit. (the blue heart). In one photo you see my youngest daughter Katya holding the heart that they found on the cliffs. It was actually my eldest daughter Anika who spied it tucked in between two pieces of shale high up on the cliff path. You can’t see the heart in her hand. But she was delighted to find it so I attach a picture of her as well. I’m sure that the girls will remember that for a very long time and we can be quite certain that hearts will be found in Canada before too long. Share...

Going to the chapel Jul28

Going to the chapel

Just started this heart. I am  very excited. my friends little boy is autistic and wants one to bring to the children’s hospital and he plans on placing it in the chapel. what a blessing he is! Share...

From Wedding Decoration to Sowing Jul21

From Wedding Decoration to Sowing...

I sewed a bunch of hearts in blue and yellow and used them as decorations at my sisters wedding in England, now I’m sowing them around England and France before traveling home to California. Share...

Hidden in England Jun29

Hidden in England

This heart was taken across the ‘big pond’ and was left in England!!!  I wonder who will find it??? Share...

A Seuss Kind of Day Jun29

A Seuss Kind of Day

This heart is all set to brighten someone’s day!  Created this weekend, and will be hidden somewhere in Oregon this week. Let’s see if it gets reported as found! Share...

First Batch of Quilted Hearts Jun27

First Batch of Quilted Hearts...

A new sewer/sower who found this project on Instagram: “This is my first batch of #quiltedhearts for #ifoundaquiltedheart. It’s a really cool community service type thing where you make hearts out of scrap fabric, put a special tag on them then hang them around town in parks and such for people to find them. The finder submits a picture to the website and you can find out if any of your hearts were found. www.Ifoundaquiltedheart.com. The purpose is make the finder smile and make their day brighter. Please tag your friends and share with those that might be interested in spreading cheer. International welcome. They’re about 5″ I found out about the hearts on Instagram. I may be taking a trip to Egypt within a month and plan to make some to take with me. May swing by Saudi Arabia and Bahrain as well and can take some there.” Share...

They’re a bit Addictive! Jun27

They’re a bit Addictive!...

So, since I found my quilted heart, I’ve been making some and leaving them in the places I’ve gone with my family. I have family visiting form Portland, so we’ve gone a lot of places with them. Heheh. These are really fun to do. The hearts are really quick to make, so they’re a bit addictive. Especially since each one is different. I’m getting better at them (a couple have been a bit sloppy, unfortunately. TT^TT Hopefully no more will be). I’ve still got a little pile of scraps from my quilt, so I’ll see how much of those I can use up. Which reminds me… I should try attaching little ornaments to them! That would be fun~ Beads, or something?   Share...

Northwest Florida will be finding hearts soon! Jun26

Northwest Florida will be finding hearts soon!...

Ten beautiful quilted hearts sewn and sown in Northwest Florida…Gulf Breeze, Pensacola Beach. Share...

Instagram #quiltedheart Jun24

Instagram #quiltedheart...

When searching on Instagram, we discovered a heart that was found!  There was no location posted,  but the author gave us permission to post the story and the photo: “It’s funny how something so simple and small can warm your heart and bring a smile to your face. This was found while I was at work and I’d like to thank whoever put that there. Such a cute and unique backstory to it and it reminds me that everything will be alright. ❤❤❤❤” Share...

Have you Sewn or Sown a Heart Today? Jun23

Have you Sewn or Sown a Heart Today?...

I remember the day I found my little quilted heart.  It was just such an unexpected blessing and it put a smile on my face. Now I want to make others experience that same unexpected blessing!  I am not much of a traveler, but I do know how to sew.  So, my spare time is spent sewing so friends, family and coworkers can sow hearts in far off lands! My hearts are traveling across the country this summer, and once again that puts a smile on my face.  🙂 Have you sewn or sown a heart today? Share...

Daughter Inspires Mother Jun21

Daughter Inspires Mother...

My daughter found the heart on a bench outside of the hair salon that she works at.  She sent it to me because I love to sew and have a lot of fabric scraps.   I work for Easter Seals working with people with disabilities makes you appreciates the small things that make people smile. I am looking forward to sewing some hearts. Share...

Hunting for a Home Jun21

Hunting for a Home

Camo heart with crocheted hunter orange deer to be placed on a hunting trail. We borrowed the tag from the one we found to keep the hearts going. Share...

Follow us on Instagram! #IFoundAQuiltedHeart Jun19

Follow us on Instagram! #IFoundAQuiltedHeart...

Follow us on Instagram! IFoundAQuiltedHeart #ifoundaquiltedheart Share...

Sewing in California, Sowing in Florida! Jun13

Sewing in California, Sowing in Florida!...

These little hearts are traveling.  They were “sewed” in California and then sent to a dear friend in Pensacola, Florida. The gulf coast should be seeing some “sowed” hearts soon! Share...

Australia: Hearts are heading your way! Jun12

Australia: Hearts are heading your way!...

I made these hearts for my niece.  She is taking a college course in Australia and eagerly agreed to sow some hearts! Will be fun to see if any of them get reported. Share...

Crazy for Green Jun01

Crazy for Green

A non-sewing friend is off to Israel and asked if I could make her some hearts so she could sow them on her vacation travels.  She LOVES the color green, so I thought I would try to put some green hearts together for her.  Here are a few of the green hearts that are ready to begin their adventure! I hope they get found AND reported 🙂 Share...

Netherlands Bound! May26

Netherlands Bound!

Some creative volunteers made some “special” hearts with Dutch designs.  The hearts are in The Netherlands right now!   Look at the details in these hearts.  So beautiful!  We certainly hope one of them gets reported as found! If you have created hearts?  Send us a photo and will feature them in a future blog post. Share...

Flying to Slovenia! May23

Flying to Slovenia!

This little bag of hearts is on its way to Ljubljana Slovenia!  They were lovingly made for the finders – we hope to be able to add Slovenia to the map of found hearts!! Share...

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