I’ve been mulling something over. It’s the charity quilts that really have me thinking. Long ago I started wanting to do more with charity quilts. I think I got started after a disaster when I offered to do the machine quilting on some quilts if blog readers donated them. I’m pretty sure it was after the Disaster in West Texas.
Well truth be told I actually started doing some charity quilting long ago through church. Before Kalissa went to school I would go out and quilt with the church ladies to make charity quilts for Lutheran World Relief. I loved that experience and was so sad when I started childcare and had to leave that behind….but the bills had to be paid and by ending my time as a stay at home was necessary.
Here is one of the many quilts I finished for West, Texas.
Some of the women I most admire were part of that church quilting group. They were the nicest ladies ever….all in their 80’s still working to care for others. I brought Kalissa with and those ladies treated her like their own grand daughter. She loved it too. The spirit of giving that these ladies had went way beyond quilting.
When I started doing some long arm quilting for charity, I came in contact with yet another great group of people…ones with generous souls as well. I’ll be honest, I’ve never met a lady who quilted for charity that I didn’t feel an immediate connection to. For that matter, even those that support the charity projects through the quilting of others I feel are kindred spirits.
At the time I did that first charity quilt for the Joplin, I had no idea how this all could or would eventually explode. Donations of fabric and quilt tops came pouring in. It was amazing. From there we decided we needed to expand and support other charity endeavors. That’s when we started the new system that allowed people who were wanting to find places for their fabric to go, to find people or groups who would make charity quilts using the fabric. I loved that and have heard from recipients that they are getting donations. That’s AWESOME!! Find that here if you missed it.
Another West, Texas quilt.
Well I know that there are many of you out there that are doing your own charity projects. I know there are those of you helping in church groups like Lutheran World Relief quilters I quilted with. I know those quilt are often not glamorous but instead designed for functionality. That doesn’t mean that those project don’t need praise. They do!!
So from here on…on Thursday morning, I am putting in a linky in every charity quilt blog post. I’m hoping that you all who are charity quilting will take a moment to add a link to your blog showing what you did in regard to charity quilting or leave a comment in the comment section. I’d love to know how many of our readers are plugging away at charity quilts. Share about anything from getting some thrift fabric that you plan to use for charity quilts- to having cut out 10″ blocks to be pieces for backings- to tying a charity quilt. (Gasp, yes MANY charity quilts are tied…and that’s GREAT) No one in a receiving a charity quilt care if the quilt is tied or machine quilted.
Here’s a picture of the lady who received the nine patch quilt above. How cool was that?!
This will be a regular feature of the Charity quilting posts that happen on Thursdays. If you have a quilt that you’ve finished that I’ve sent you, please remember to send a photo and information about the quilt to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.