Charity Quilts

Last week I mentioned that a blog reader had suggested I call charity quilts, love quilts.  In the comments after that another readers suggested calling them community quilts.  I personally think I like this one best.  So if I pot in and same community quilt, you’ll know what I mean.  I’m guessing I’ll like end up using the term charity quilt though.  It’s so hard as I end up getting lots of questions from readers whenever I change anything up.

Anyway…..To today’s post.
Ronda blessed my mailbox with pictures or finished quilts.  Ronda writes, “Cindy E. from Ohio sent a pattern and fabric,  along with a partially constructed top that she had started in a class she thought in the 80’s.  She said it would be nice if I could finish it according to the pattern, but if not, it was okay to do something else with it.  I’m really glad she made that comment!”

I read the pattern over and over and couldn’t figure out what it was telling me to do.  I put it aside thinking maybe I would try again another day, but that didn’t help either.  I finally gave up trying to follow the pattern and just used her already cut up fabric for the log cabins they were intended for.

The pattern was for a lone star in the center.  She also sent the backing and binding fabric.  This will be donated to CSADV.”

For the next quilt….

The nine patches in the next quilt were made from fabric sent from Nancy K. in Florida.  The alternate squares of green were cut from fabric you sent me that possibly Carla gave to you?  I’m not sure.”

The backing also came from fabric you sent to me. This one will go to the Fathers with Children Shelter.  Both of these quilts are quite large lap sized quilts.  I was told that they sleep on cots at the shelter, so the green one will actually cover a cot nicely.”

Great job on these Ronda.  They look wonderful.  I’m guessing with the first quilt the original maker had the same trouble with the directions and that’s what lead her to give up on the quilt.  Whatever the reason, it turned out great and will be so appreciated.

The second quilt is a great guy quilt.  So often it’s hard to find something that is “guyish”.  This turned out great.

Thanks so much to everyone who donated and to Ronda who brought the quilts to life!!  You guess are the best.


9 thoughts on “Charity Quilts”

  1. I like what you did with the fabric sent. I don’t remember why I didn’t try to finish that quilt, but you made good use of the fabric. Thanks again for finishing our UFO’s.

  2. Just a last thought on what to call charity quilts–my guild calls them “donation quilts”, perhaps to avoid the connotation that comes with the term “charity”. This might be a term you could use for the quilts made for others whether people receiving them are in dire circumstances or under personal stress in some way. My guild members donate lap sized quilts to the nearby hospital for chemotherapy patients as well as keeping some handy for fire and tornado victims and other various purposes.

  3. A final comment from me on what to call charity quilts. I just asked my sewing group if they could come up with a better term than “charity” or “donation.” They suggested “comfort quilts.” Just a suggestion! Love the green 9 patch–I’m always looking for ideas for guys for donation/comfort quilts.

  4. I have always called my donation quilts Comfort Quilts because they go to others in such a wide range of situations; illness, loss, disability, military and on and on. Those who make suggestions to me for a recipient know I am very open to all ways a person might need comfort from a quilt made just for them.

    A bit of irony, lol: I was looking for a name for a label for the KEYS kids quilts, and was ready to start making them saying KEYS Kids’ Kwilts… when my husband pointed out that the initials spelled KKK, not such a good thing, lol. So now the labels will say: Quilts 4 KEYS Kids.

  5. My guild in Kingston Ontario, Canada, calls them community quilts. We have an active group making quilts for many needs in our city. We have several new Habitat homes being completed in the next few months, and we plan to provide a quilt for each bed in each new home, along with all the other places we donate to regularly.
    I enjoy readying about all your “community quilts” connections.

  6. I put my quilts that don’t have a specific person to go to in a tote labeled “Kindness Kwilts.” We all seem to like to play with spelling and word meanings! May your days be filled with Kindness my internet friend!

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