STOP HOARDING QUILTS!
I know we talk about ‘collecting’ fabric and never using it. I’ve blogged about that in the past.
Let’s be honest, quilty friends. We also make a lot of quilts that never get used. I sometimes hear quilters talk about al the quilts stored in their closets with no ‘forever’ home to go to.
I hear quilters say:
I don’t take workshops or buy patterns anymore because I have too many finished quilts and WIPs in the closet.
I don’t make quilts anymore because [sad laugh] my family aren’t interested in them.
When I’m gone, most of my quilts will just go to the dump after the yard sale.
(OK, that’s maybe the saddest statement of all…..)
Do you have a quilt like this that needs a good home?
Or, should I ask, how many quilts that need a home do you have?
These old or new quilts might be traditional OR modern. They might be made from older fabric, so what! It could be large lap or small crib size…all will be welcomed by someone in need!!
The truth is that there are many types of community organizations that will accept and use these quilts. Some help children who have to be removed from home in an emergency. Some help families moving into shelters or supported housing. I’m NOT talking about special responses to a disaster–those tend to get a large response when they are mentioned on social media.
I’m talking about organizations that have day-to-day needs.
So, dig into that closet. Find a quilt that needs a home and then connect with your quilt friends for places to donate them.
For example, I went to my closet and I found 2 quilts. #1: I found a sample quilt that I made for my Turning Corners Pattern. #2: Another quilt that I made as a sampler for my lectures but I don’t take it any more.
So, I am donating these 2 quilts (along with 4 quilts that I made specifically for our charity effort) at the October meeting for my Guild. I am not a fast quilter but I think I may be at 9 for the year?
So please, please let go of a quilt or two or three that will sit in your closet for another year.
Or, finish a workshop quilt –maybe just take those leftover blocks and add some big borders to finish it–forget about the original pattern!! If you need a pattern to help you use up leftover blocks or other stash, check out my Stash Jazz pattern here.
Striped Blocks Workshop Quilts
Here are 2 quilts that I started in a workshop on Saturday and finished piecing the tops yesterday (definitely a land speed record for me). Our guild had a workshop on Saturday afternoon on making blocks from striped fabrics. Both quilt tops are going to be longarmed and then donated to our Guild charity effort next month.
Remember…a quilt that is loved is better than a quilt sitting in the dark or in a bin.
If you read this far, then here’s your chance to win a bit of fabric from my stash. USA ONLY PLEASE. Comment on one of the two statements below by October 6, 2019 at 12 noon Eastern. I will randomly choose a winner and send that quilter a FQ bundle of prints and solids from my stash that will hopefully become part of a charity quilt someday. Here are the comment questions–comment on one or both [do NOT post your email address in your comment]:
Option 1: What types of organizations do you personally donate quilts to? Specific name is OK or just a generic title is OK.
Option 2: How many quilts have you personally donated in 2019 to a charitable group or how many quilts have you retrieved from the closet to donate. Remember –disaster relief does NOT count for this ‘poll’. This is about supporting ongoing community efforts. Comments that say ‘good idea’ or give general support to the idea of charitable giving are NOT eligible. This post is about stepping up and taking personal ACTION. Thanks from the bottom of my heart!!