I'd like to tell you about a project designed to bring quilts to children in hospitals. It is always a difficult time when a child has to be hospitalized. We, as quilters, know that a quilt can bring loads of comfort .....especially when you are ill.
One of my quilters told me about this when she asked me to quilt a little quilt for her. It was a quilt she made which will be given to a child in a children's hospital. You too can help by going to www.quiltsforkids.org and requesting a quilt kit. They will send you a free kit which includes the pattern, fabric for the quilt top and fabric for the backing of the quilt. You can also download the pattern and guidelines to make the quilts from your own fabric.
You simply make the quilt, provide the batting, quilt it, bind it and send it back for them to give to a child in the hospital.
There are specific, but simple, guidelines to follow such as the quilt must be pieced and quilted by machine for strength. They want the quilts to hold up through several washings at the hospital.
If you have "extra" fabric in your stash.....they are also looking for fabric donations to provide more quilt kits for people willing to make the quilts. Monetary donations are also needed to help with the cost of postage to send the quilt kits to the volunteers.
How about considering this as the next project for your quild meeting or sewing group? The wonderful people at quiltsforkids will send you multiple kits upon request.
I'm so glad I found out about this project now as I will have some time over the summer to make some of these quilts for children. Thank you Gail for telling me about this worthwhile program!
What a great little project ----- you get to do some quilting and a child gets some special comfort during their hospital stay!!!