Great time to use bee blocks, try a new pattern, practice your free motion quilting, or experiment with a design of your own.
Consider donating your quilt(s) to a local foster care program, domestic violence center, homeless shelter, children’s hospital, or to a local military family support organization. You can also mail them to the DC Modern Quilt Guild if you would prefer.
In the past few years, the DC Modern Quilt Guild has donated quilts to a domestic violence shelter for women and kids in Alexandria, VA; a community group that supports indigent families in DC; and the DC center that transitions children to foster care. In some cases, quilts have been hung on walls to brighten up sometimes dreary and non-inviting spaces. In other cases, they have been given to kids who need some comfort and care. You can’t really go wrong with that, I think.
Free Patterns for Charity Quilts I thought I would share a few free patterns to get you started thinking about quilts for kids. If you aren’t up for making a quilt by yourself, ask a local guild, group of friends, or quilting bee to each make a block for you, or invite friends over to your house and teach some basic sewing lessons! I have done all of these--there is no wrong way to sew for charity.
The Wonky Star Quilt
Last year, Dear Stella donated this great fabric for a Wonky Star Quilt and a number of friends in my guild made 15’’ wonky star blocks using this tutorial. I was able to quilt and bind the quilt, and I think it was a great group effort. If you have bee blocks or sampler blocks that are just sitting around, its a simple way to use them!
Star Bright Quilt
I made one of my all time favorite quilts last year, and shared a
The LOVE Quilt
I’ve always loved this Love quilt made by Jessica for 100 Quilts for Kids a number of years ago. Kelly Bowser has a tutorial for the free wonky letters at Sew, Mama, Sew.
Giant Starburst Quilt Along
Megan has a great Giant Starburst Quilt Along on her blog, Canoe Ridge Creations. This would be a fun and simple quilt to make!
I hope this post helps you think a bit more about charity quilts, and that you join in on a charity project this year!
Huge thanks to Katie for joining us and providing such brilliant links and ideas! We wish you all the best with your pregnancy and move :)