Sunday, April 18, 2010

Donation Quilts... A Comfort for Others, Part 1

Quilters as a group are such generous souls. They always respond with heartfelt enthusiasm to any number of charitable causes. One example is my Quilts of Valor donation quilt shown in this post. Here you can see how two members of our local Citra Crafty Quilters responded to the Downy Touch of Comfort program that has partnered with Quilts for Kids. In this program, volunteers make comfort quilts to be given to children with life-threatening illnesses, or who are victims of abuse. Each quilter received a package from Downy containing a pattern for a small quilt, fabric to piece it, a label, and backing fabric. In addition to sewing and quilting the quilt, each stitcher is asked to complete a second small donation quilt, and return both to the organization for distribution. Gwen (below, left) just received her package and has made good progress on her first quilt. Kathy has completed both of her quilts (below,right).

There are many organizations that accept donations of quilts and other personally sewn items. Our Country Road Quilters guild in Ocala has donated dozens of quilts to Kids' Central, a local human services agency. And we have donated blocks, fabrics, and quilts to Home of The Brave organization which honors fallen military heroes by presenting a commemorative quilt to family members. One of our members met and joined the guild after her family was presented a quilt in honor of her grandson.

And this little "Wags" quilt is one I made for a local animal shelter's auction. Even small projects like this, that don't take a lot of time or materials to sew, can go a long way to support and worthy cause.

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