You might remember sometime back I shared with you that there is a group of ladies not far from me that make quilts through their church group. Sue is my contact with the group. She recently sent me a message along with pictures to share their wonderful work.
“I’m going to try to send you some pictures of our finished quilts and lap robes. The single ones are some you sent us, we may have added borders to make some of them bigger.
The piles of quilts have…
lots of ones you sent or material you shared with us. We talked about you at quilting today and how much we all appreciate what you do.
Many of them are and have gone locally to nursing homes, abused shelters, food pantry, homeless shelters, bible missions/camps plus several other places.
Several of these were ones from the talented Cresco quilters. We give quilts to the mission in Cresco. We tie our quilts so they aren’t fancy but done with hope and love. You sent us some small thread snippers and needle threaders etc. and they are also used. Thank you soooooo much.”
I ended up meeting up with Sue shortly after she sent the pictures of the quilts they finished up. I had another stack of quilt tops I could send her way.
I’ve had some questions about the hows or whys of how I distribute items. In general, I do the best I can to meet the needs of the group. Some people like Lori and Cheryl have places that they serve and those places need specific sizes. They need twin-sized or larger. I have others that are finishing quilts on their domestic machines so they prefer baby and smaller lap-sized quilts. I have groups like Sue’s that are happy to take smaller quilts and add borders to them or finish them at the size they are depending on which charity they are working with and the size that charity needs.
As far as who gets the supplies…In general, I give out supplies as finished items come in. So if I sent someone five quilt tops, I typically don’t send out more quilt tops to them until pictures of the finished tops and info about the quilts are sent back to me. That only makes sense.
If I have someone willing to finish tops and they don’t have the means to supply backing or batting, I work to help them by sending things that were sent to me or from my personal stash. If I know someone has pretty good access to affordable supplies like backing and batting, I don’t prioritize that person or group.
As to who gets which fabrics, it’s a crapshoot. Whatever is here at the time person sends me pictures and info on a finished quilt is what gets sent out to them next unless the size of the quilts doesn’t match their requested size.
It’s crazy. I do the best I can. I joke that I need a secretary. I often really think I do…but it’s charity and charities do the best with the volunteers they have so I’ll keep muddling along doing the best I can. Thanks for putting up with me.
As always, I am looking for more people/groups to finish quilt tops. It seems as soon as I find one, you all latch onto them and send things their way so I can’t send it to them anymore as they are getting plenty. No worries, I’m happy to have that problem.
Feel free to drop me a note if you have finished quilts before and need more, or if you are new and would like to join in. The more the merrier!