Quilting and Charity Quilts
Charity quilts are quilts you make and donate to
those who need them. There are so many options when making quilts for
Everyone from the Red Cross to Fire
Departments, Hospitals and Nursing Homes need quilts. They provide comfort
to babies, little children and the elderly.
Shelters accept quilts for beds and children.
Nursing homes accept small lap quilts for the elderly to keep them warm while
sitting in their wheel chairs.
Most charity quilts are made from simple blocks
that you can piece quickly. They are frugal to make, and it is easy to
design them yourself.
One of the easiest quilt to make for charity is a
square block quilt. Here is the link to technique that will make a speedy
small quilt: A
Streak of Sunshine
Most charity quilts made less than 44 inches
wide, so that you don't have to piece the backing. This size is good for
children and the elderly.
If you are planning on donating to a specific
facility, you need to check out their specifications. Some facilities do
not accept quilts that have been tied, as they feel they quilts do not stand up
to repeated washings or are not safe.
Premie quilts are usually 16x24 inches, and must
be hand or machine quilted.
Crib size quilts are usually 36x36 inches; not to
exceed 45x45 inches.
Nursing Home or Wheelchair quilts are pretty
standard at 36x36 inches. This size is large enough to provide warmth, but
small enough not to get caught in the wheels of the wheelchairs.
No fabric ever needs to go to waste. There
is always a need and a place for a quilt.