Last year at Quilt Expo, 30 bed-size quilts were generously donated to the Quilt to Give community service project. Plus, an additional 10 quilts were stitched and completed by Quilt Expo attendees! All of these quilts were sent to St. John’s Hospital in Joplin, MO. They were given to families and individuals who lost their homes due to the 2011 tornado. The need continues in many areas of our country.
How you can help!
- Plan a 1/2-hour or more of time to sit, sew, and give.
- Donate fabric in bright colors (1/4 yd. or more)—fabric coordinates are welcome.
- Donate a new bed quilt.
Thank you to all of you who have shown interest in donating fabrics, batting, and backing for the 2012 Quilt Expo Quilt to Give project! Want to review the quilting process ahead of time? Click here for 10 easy steps, or click on the Quilt to Give tab just below my photo, at the top of my blog (above).
Fabrics to donate
From your suggestions and questions, I’ve decided to highlight some color options in order to give you guidance on what fabrics to donate. Here are three color themes that, when sewn together, make wonderful Quilts to Give:
What to donate:
• “Column Fabrics”: Solid colors/cotton quilting fabrics that appear/read solid when you squint at them. Each quilt requires six fabric colors, with a minimum of 3/4 yd. per color.
• “Center Patchy Strips”: Cotton prints to coordinate with the solids. Smaller yardages work great here (1/4 yd. or more).
• “Border Fabrics”: Additional solid-color yardage is needed for the borders: 1-1/4 yards for twin-sized quilts and 1-1/2 yards for double/queen quilts.
• Quilt Batting for double/queen and twin size beds
• 44/45″ backing fabrics: 6 yards for twin and 7 yards for double/queen
• 108″ wide backing fabrics: 3-1/2 yards for twin and double/queen
Again, thank you for your interest and support! Please stop by the Quilt to Give area, in the atrium at Quilt Expo 9 a.m.–3 p.m. daily, to see the progress of Quilt to Give and to join in the fun. Stitch on a quilt that will be donated to someone who can really use it!
See you September 6, 7, & 8, 2012 at Quilt Expo.
Organize a Quilt to Give Quilting Bee in your area
Many of you reading my sewing blog will not be able to attend the Quilt Expo in Madison. Groups big or small have sewn quilts using the sewing instructions that I wrote last year in ten lessons. Consider organizing a quilting bee in your area, then Quilt to Give!
Bye for now,
P.S. A big thank-you to everyone who participated in the iPad contest! We received thousands of entries and Judy W. of Wisconsin was picked as the lucky winner of an iPad and iPad Tablet Keeper cover. Congratulations Judy!