Quilt To Give Sewing Bed Quilts for Individuals and Families in Need

Sewing a quilt and giving it as a gift is gratifying. Sewing a quilt for someone in need or who is going through tough times shows compassion. Most importantly, the recipient feels loved. Win. Win!

This will be the eighth year that Nancy Zieman’s Quilt to Give quilt pattern will be sewn and quilted during the annual Quilt Expo in Madison, WI, September 6–8. If you aren’t able to be at the event, you, too, can make a twin-sized quilt, then donate it to a local shelter or charity.

Nancy made the first Quilt to Give design in 10-days, sewing a little each day. She chronicled the 10-day journey with full instructions on how to make the quilt on the NZP blog. Our hope is that sometime in the near future, you and/or your quilting group will consider making this easy quilt design, made with columns instead of blocks, and then give it away. Hence the name Quilt to Give.

Quilt to Give Community Service Project

The Quilt to Give project will again be the community service project at the annual Quilt Expo, Last year over 28 bed-sized quilts were made and/or donated by participants. Quilts were donated to those affected by the 2017 flooding in Houston, TX,  Enchanted Makeovers and Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS). Read about our 2018 goal, below!

Nancy Zieman Productions and Wisconsin Public Television would like to thank the many Quilt Expo Volunteers, Quilt Expo Attendees, the talented team at M&R Sewing and Vacuum, and the team at Baby Lock Sewing Machines for your many years of sponsorship and service of Nancy Zieman’s Quilt To Give.

Several kind souls present completely finished quilts at Quilt Expo— New Quilts of all patterns and colors are welcome.

Quilting groups also take on the challenge

Quilt to Give by Nancy Zieman. How to make a speedy, yet attractive quilt to give to those in need. Quilt to Give by Nancy Zieman. How to make a speedy, yet attractive quilt to give to those in need.

Others donate time during the Quilt Expo event

Quilt Expo Madison Wi Quilt to Give Volunteers

Receive a Quilt To Give Volunteer Pin

Receive a Quilt To Give Volunteer Pin when you stop in and stitch 30 min., donate fabric in bright colors (1/4 yd. or more), and/or donate a finished/new bed quilt!

 Quilt to Give Buttons at Quilt Expo

Bed-sized quilts are in demand

We’re looking forward to seeing some of the NZP blog readers at the Quilt Expo in Madison, WI, September 6–8, 2018. For many of you, the logistics of attending may not be in the cards. Yet, we encourage you to make one of these easy Quilt to Give projects with the intent of giving it away!

Bed-size quilts of all sizes are welcome. Twin-sized quilt donations are great, tootwin-size is the size we’ll be sewing during the event, too. Why? Two organizations that will be receiving finished quilts, Enchanted Makeovers and Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS) have both requested this particular size. Enchanted Makeovers services national women’s shelters and Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS) is a Madison-area woman’s shelter with twin-sized beds in each room.

Make a quilting plan

Quilt to GIve, how to make an easy twin-sized quilt

  • Sort fabrics from your stash. Begin by selecting a print or prints that will be used as the inspirational fabrics. Then choose other fabrics that coordinate with the inspirational fabric.
  • Gather solid-color fabrics that coordinate or match with the inspirational fabrics. Choose many solids or mottled fabrics (subtle prints that appear as solid colors from a distance) as possible for this project. Click here to read the full lesson on sorting fabrics.

  • Determine which fabrics will be the outside columns (the more solid the better) and which will be used for the scrappy center columns. Fill out the worksheet to denote which fabric colors will go where.

Quilt to GIve how to make an easy twin-sized quilt

Free online instructions

Here are links to all 10 Quilt to Give Lessons, or visit QuiltToGive.org.

The Easiest Ever Quilt to Give Design

During our first community quilting project, a donation of four yards of striped fabric with a salsa flavor was given. Great donation, but it just didn’t seem to fit with any other fabrics.

Quilt to Give, how to make an attractive yet easy twin-sized quilt Then it dawned on Nancy to use the striped fabric as the center section of each column—no piecing needed for the center columns! You’ll find optional fabric cutting instructions when using a stripped fabric when you download the twin-sized quilt worksheet

Quilt to Give, how to make an attractive yet easy twin-sized quilt

Quilt To Give by the Numbers

2011: Thirty-five quilts were collected and an additional 10 were completed during the show. Quilts were distributed locally and twenty-five were sent to Joplin, MO.

2012: Twenty-five quilts were collected and 11 were completed during the show, which were distributed to those in need by Baby Lock dealers across the country.

2013: Sixteen quilts were collected and 15 were completed during the show, which were distributed to those in need by Baby Lock dealers across the country.

2014: Twenty-one quilts were collected and 10 were completed during the show and

donated to Enchanted Makeovers and Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS).

2015: Thirty-five quilts were collected and an additional 10 were completed during the show and donated to Enchanted Makeovers and Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS).

2016: Fifteen quilts were collected and an additional 12 were completed during the show and donated to Enchanted Makeovers and Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS).

2017: Seventeen quilts were collected and an additional 11 were completed during the show and donated to those affected by the 2017 flooding in Houston, TX,  Enchanted Makeovers and Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS).

2011-2017 Totals: 267 Beautiful Bed Quilts! (164 donated and an additional 79 completed on site at Quilt Expo).

267 Total Beautiful Bed Quilts—to date—Donated to Individuals and Families in Need!

2018: Plans are underway to complete 16 bed quilts onsite with hopes to collect 17 bed quilts at the 2018 Quilt Expo, September 6–8, 2018. (16+17 = 33 Quilts!) This is our largest quilt goal to date! With your help, we will collect and sew 33 quilts, and achieve 300 quilts made with Nancy Zieman’s Quilt to Give community service project.

Quilt To Give UPDATE, September 12, 2018: In addition to the many donations of fabric, batting, and time; 14 quilts were collected onsite at the 2018 Quilt Expo and an additional 15 were completed during the show. Plus we’ve received multiple pledges from Quilt Expo attendees and NZP Blog readers that they will be shipping in finished quilts by the end of September! WOW! We’re confident we will reach our 2018 goal to collect and sew 33 quilts! Thanks to the generosity of all, we will meet our goal of 300 Quilts in 8 years of Nancy Zieman’s Quilt To Give Project! 

Quilt To Give Sewing Bed Quilts for Individuals and Families in Need

Nancy & Lucas with Nancy’s First Quilt To Give, 2011

For a chance to win two tickets to Quilt Expo, and four fat quarters, please leave a comment below showing your support for Nancy Zieman’s Quilt to Give.

Quilt Expo Each September in Madison Wisconsin

 

 

Happy Quilting,

Team Nancy Zieman

Nancy Zieman Productions, LLC.

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