As quilters, giving back is what we seem to be hardwired to do. Giving back is a great way to share our love of quilting with those people and causes close to our hearts. I love that!
Throughout the years, I’ve made quilts for the NICU where my daughter was a preemie patient for many long weeks, I’ve made quilts for Project Linus and our local foster care system.
My small quilting group (we’ve been meeting for years) makes quilts for Children’s Protective Services and I started a PillowCase Project through my shop and later through a local quilt guild – to make extra-large pillowcases for state and county CPS workers to use instead of that dreaded black plastic garbage bag to collect a child’s possessions when the child needs to be removed from a home.
I have also made 9 Quilts of Valor for my own military family members and work with our local chapter of Quilts of Valor to help make quilts for other military veterans in our community.
Have you made quilts for every loved one in your life – and the lives of your friends/coworkers/neighbors and the kid’s teachers? I get it. There are so many quilts I want to make, so many new techniques I want to try – but I only have so many beds or walls to put them on.
I’ll still make quilts for weddings, babies, new homes, and friends going through a tough time – but I find I’m spending much more time making quilts to learn new things – and then give to a cause near and dear to my heart.
Already quilting for charity? Yay!
Looking for some new places to donate your quilts or other sewn projects? I’ve added a few below and will be adding more as I learn more about new options. All of these are sources I have some personal experience with.
Just click on any of the images to get to their website and learn how you can get involved.