Blanket America is a new charitable project created to help one million of America's poorest citizens get a warm blanket this year. Blanket America, founded by Mesh Gelman, was inspired by President Barak Obama's now famous inaugural speech
Online PR News – 23-January-2010 – – Blanket America is a new charitable project created to help one million of America's poorest citizens get a warm blanket this year. Blanket America, founded by Mesh Gelman, was inspired by President Barak Obama's now famous inaugural speech. When he said "We know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness" Gelman took those words and ran with them. Gelman and his team of designers created a commemorative patchwork collection using modern design, tradition and innovation. As a result, an enormously successful collection was produced.
The Patchwork Heritage Collection is comprised of 13 unique fabrics representing the 13 original colonies. Muted tones of red, white and blue lend the collection a modern, eye catching appearance. On the reverse of the quilt the entire presidential inaugural address is printed over a background featuring the statue of liberty. The quilt is an excellent blend of American statement quilting tradition and modern design.
The quilt is not the only piece in the collection. Gelman and his crew have also designed and created matching patchwork pillow shams that are the perfect compliment to the quilt. Accenting the shams and quilts with faultlessness are the decorative throw pillows. The pillows are sewn from a creamy beige fabric and highlight the words "we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness." The pillows also feature and American Bald Eagle over two crossed American flags. The collection is eye-catching: an excellent addition to any patriotic home.
Big name retailers have caught wind of the project and have signed on to help. JC Penney stores will begin carrying the collection nationwide on January 23rd. They will also have the collection up for sale on their website and in their catalogue. Amazon.com has made the collection available to customers for pre-sale. QVC launched the Patchwork Heritage Collection just after Christmas and is offering discount prices on the collection for pre-sale customers.
Not only are big name retailers hopping aboard to lend a hand to this charitable cause. The Fast Company website wrote a lovely piece on the project. The collection was also featured on the Today Show, where Mesh Gelman pledged 5000 blankets to charity. To get news updates about Blanket America's charitable project and to show your support for the cause, visit http://www.blanketamerica.com/.