Charity Quilts

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Here is our landing page for things about charity quilts.

Several years ago we started working with our blog readers to provide charity quilts to people in need  or charitable endeavors that aide people in need.  Many readers have quilt tops hidden away in closets that they know longer love or want.  We even have some readers that have blessed their family members with quilts but still have ambition to sew more quilt tops and happily sew to share.  Many readers have been given those tops to me so I can finish them and move them onto someone in need.

I have volunteered to quilt them.  That often means providing the thread, batting and often the backing too.  I love being part of this project and enjoy giving to others.  I do this because I love it and because it’s a tribute to my parents who were always ready to help out others.  More than that, giving to others just feels good.

I’m setting up this page to answer so many of the frequently asked questions that we get.

1-Who can donate quilt tops?
Anyone who has a top they no longer want.  If you have questions email me at rogjok@iowatelecom.net.

We are looking for more long armers who want to volunteer to quilt tops.  Feel free to contact me about that at rogjok@iowatelecom.net..

2-What size of tops do you take?

All sizes.  We find homes for all quilt tops that get sent to us.  Twin size is much needed.

3-What do I need to send with my quilt top?
You are welcome to send backing or binding but neither is necessary.  You can simply send the top.

4-Where do I sent them?
Jo Kramer
111 2nd Ave NE
Waucoma, IA 52171

5-Where do the quilt tops get donated to?
Occasionally I keep one and donated it locally to a benefit or worthy cause.  I’ve donated to the local Humane Society, a benefit for a child who needed a trained dog to help him detect seizures, the local nursing home, families who suffered from a fire, Quilt of Compassion and other events.

We recently implemented an opportunity for people to volunteer to bind quilts.  Those that volunteer can donate the quilt or quilts that they bind to a similar type organization in their area.

6-I want to become a volunteer quilt binder or long armer?  How do I do that?
Send an email to Jo at rogjok@iowatelecom.net.  There is a listing of volunteers so don’t be surprised if it takes a bit of time to get to your request to help.

Please keep in mind that there are some requirements that you must follow if you are a binder.  We ask that:
1-A volunteer tells if you’d like one or two quilts to bind.
2-They tell me the size preferred to work on…I have baby, to lap, to single to queen.
3-I send it to them
4-They bind it and send me a picture of the quilt finished along with the name of the original maker of the quilt top
5-They pick a charity or worthy cause to donate it to, tell me the charity and donate it.
6-I write a blog post about it.

7-Can I request a charity quilt to be donated for an event?
Yes.  You can request it but there is no guarantee that we will provide one or that one will be available.  We recently were able to provide quilts for a family who went through a devastating fire.

8-I have fabric and sewing related things that I want to donate.  Do you know a resource?
Yes.  I am currently working with two different places to get sewing and crafting related things to them. I have a home for them with Sacred Heart Haiti Mission.  Read a blog post I did for them here.   If you have any of the needed items…treadle and electric sewing machines (they don’t have to run perfectly), fabric, thread, needles & pins, embroidery floss, lace and trim, zippers and scissors..they can use them.

I am also supporting Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.  Read a blog post I did about them here.
You can send items directly to them at:

If via UPS/FedEx:
Parents Resource Center
Wounded Knee District School
201 Main Street
Manderson, SD 57756

If via US Mail:
Parents Resource Center
Wounded Knee District School
P.O. Box 350
Manderson, SD 57756

Thanks for your interest in our charitable quilting project.

Any other questions, feel free to ask them.  Here’s my email.  rogjok@iowatelecom.net.