The Charity Quilt Plan

I’ve told you that I got swamped with charity quilts….SO SWAMPED.  It’s okay but there were so many I had to come up with a plan.

Temporarily the plan is halt all of my own sewing and work on them.  Then I looked.  Then I counted and then I fretted.  There were so many.  How was I ever going to tackle them? I decided right then and there that the quilts were going to get under control.  PERIOD.

I told Kelli that once I was cleared from the doctor to do them during my quarantine, that’s I was going to do.  Charity quilts and that’s it.  She said she thought I should have some personal sewing time but I said I really wanted to get these caught up.  That’s when I decided I was going to start on them full speed ahead, but NOW….and that’s what I’ve been doing.  Here I am doing two baby quilts at once.


Then last week half jokingly-half serious I said something that I should have a binding party.  Well Kelli and I talked about it and decided that might be best….but it’s a virtual binding party.  Here’s the details.Three people/groups have stepped up so far.  We made a few guidelines for anyone who wanted to volunteer to bind a quilt.  This is how we set it up.

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.

The NE Iowa Quilt Guild’s Binky Patrol group is taking these five flannel baby quilts.  They are all machine quilted and just need to be bound.


The other bag I am taking with and delivering to Mary Jo in Lacrosse when I go to the doctor this week.  There are three quilts in that bag.

For now, that’s what’s done and ready to go.  I am so excited.  That’s EIGHT, yes EIGHT that are one their way to to final completion.  I couldn’t be happier.  I am still doing more…I have another volunteer so I need to get some more finished so they can be sent on.


25 thoughts on “The Charity Quilt Plan”

  1. I would do whatever you need Jo! Let me know. We can mail or if you are coming up to visit relatives(Owatonna) and we can arrange something. Binding is my favorite part!

  2. What a great idea! I love binding and would bind some, but means that you would have to send to Canada. Would you do that? We are keeping you in our prayers right now so appreciate all the updates.

  3. Hi, I would be willing to do binding on a few quilts, any size is fine. Shoot me an email when you have some done and ready to go.


  4. I will happily do four quilts, preferably not baby size. I will pay for postage for you to get them to me.
    I do enjoy doing binding

  5. I like to do bindings. I will gladly do the bindings if you want to send some quilts to me. I will give them to Quilts of Compassion. You can read about this charity on their Facebook page.

  6. I would be happy to bind any boy type twin sized quilts and donate them to Lutherwood. It is a closed residential psychiatric hospital for children here in Indy. They give a quilt to each child that is admitted. Youngest has been 6 thru 18 and 75% boys. Imagine being so damaged mentally that they are locked in a facility. Has its own branch of our school system and the kids use the quilts on the beds and to take and wrap up in when watching TV.

  7. Hi Jo
    I agree w/ Tammy & think you are amazingly kind ~ a shining star! Recently when you mentioned all the charity quilts you had to quilt & then bind I thought if you quilted someone else should do the binding! What a great positive plan! Go Jo, Go!!
    Best wishes for a speedy recovery! Hugs to you & your dear family! Penny

  8. Jo, I would love to bind any size for you. It’s so nice to sit with my feet up and sew down the binding. Do you need me? If so, just let me know and we will do the details.

  9. Id be happy to bind 2-3 baby sized quilts for you. And you can keep me in mind for future bindings. I enjoy sewing binding….very relaxing. I wish you well and a speedy recovery.

  10. Betty (from Canada)

    I am like Linda I am from Canada but I would do any binding that you would like me to do. Send me an e-mail if you want me to jhelp.

  11. Anna Singleton

    I don’t know how you get so much done with everything you do! But you definitely inspire me! Keep up the good work Jo! Sending prayers for your treatments and a fast recovery!

  12. First, I agree with all the others: Bless you for all you do and prayers for your health issues. I would be happy to help you in the future if you keep this up and would gladly pay for the shipping, so you don’t have to. I read you daily and appreciate your updates, questions & general positive outlook on life. Hugs to you & your family.

  13. I would love to do a binding….We have had two families close by lose EVERYTHING in a fire….I would love to give them a quilt….I would pay for the shipping and provide the binding for the quilt….There are two children under twelve so a child’s quilt would work too….Just let me know if I can help…

  14. It looks like you’ve got a lot of takers! How cool is that?! Add me to the list! Binding is my favorite part and I’ll pay postage for you to ship them to me too. Any quilt. Any size. I’ll take whatever you want to send.

  15. & Binky Patrol was sssoooo exicted you emailed! Binding is something I do enjoy…..
    now it looks like I have some to work on!
    Thanks again for thinking of us – some children will certainly be comforted by you & your
    readers donations.
    NE IA Binky Patrol

  16. Jo, Thank you for the opportunity to help with the charity quilts. I would bind two quilts – any size. If you don’t have any ready right now, keep me in mind for the future. Also, thoughts and prayers are being offered for you and your family during your current medical condition. It’s wonderful how positive you are throughout this ordeal.

  17. I am still here in the Quad Cities and willing to help any time you need. I know you have many people offering, but I thought id still let you know!

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