Quilty Causes

As I drove to work this morning, I thought to myself : “I have never EVER in my life left my house when it’s -8 degrees outside (and -20 with wind chill)! Are you CRAZY?” It seems to me that with the winter chill settling in over most of the country, it’s the perfect time to stay inside and quilt. Don’t you think? I hope that wherever you are today, and whatever you are doing, you are safe and warm.

Now, I have some really great quilty stuff to share…

In every issue of Quiltmaker this year we will have a “Quilty Causes” article, featuring quilters who have seen a need in their community or the world, and stepped up to meet that need and make a difference. I’ve had the honor of contacting these quilters and hearing their stories, and I have to say that I LOVE what they are doing. Their generosity and determination is truly inspiring to me, and I hope to you, too.

In the March/April issue we highlighted three groups.

HeartStrings Quilt Project is an international, mostly internet group that makes quilts to donate to various charities. Their website explains the project and gives the HeartStrings quilt block instructions so you can make blocks or quilts to donate to their cause. The quilt block is fun and easy to make—kind of like eating m&m’s. You can’t stop at just one! (Ask me how I know this.) If your quilt group needs a project, these fun blocks just might be the ticket!

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HeartStrings Quilt

The Queen Bees, along with the help of their local quilt guild, Patches ‘n Pieces Quilt Guild, meet once a month to sew, share, gab and create. In 2010 they made more than 100 quilts to donate to local organizations in their community. They are a fun group (and they sound a little crazy—in a good way!), dedicated to helping other people. One hundred quilts! WOW! Visit patchesandpieces.org to learn more.

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Queen Bees

Interfaith Quilters of Longmont are a group of quilters from various churches who meet together every Monday to make quilts for their annual quilt show and sale. In 2010 $32,000 was raised from the sale of 500 quilts, and the funds went to two organizations in their Colorado community. These quilters have been going strong for 25 years! You go girls!

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Interfaith Quilters of Longmont Quilt Show

To ALL of these wonderful quilters, thank you! Thank you for spreading the quilting spirit and giving back to your communities.

Is there a charity that you or your quilt group supports? Please leave us a comment and tell us all about it. We quilters can help change the world, one quilt (or quilt block) at a time.

Happy Quilting!


About Paula

I'm an Associate Editor at Quiltmaker in Golden, CO. I've been quilting for 18 years, including teaching, long arm quilting, designing, and stash building. I also love to read, run, stitch, play with my boston terrier and spend time with my family.
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4 Responses to Quilty Causes

  1. Dar Troxler says:

    Hello Paula ~

    I founded a quilt ministry in 2008. We make quilts for sick, less blessed, abused, neglected and/or abandoned children all over the U.S.A. and out of the country, i.e., England and Haiti. We have also made quilts for adults that have cancer. Soon will be making special quilts for a few soldiers.

    There is not limit to our ministry. Where ever we are lead that is where our quilts go.

    Recently we completed making 125 quilts for our local Dept. of Social Services for the children that are taken in and cared for there.

    We are a small group, but our hearts are big! We find much joy in giving. Our thought is that with giving a quilt to a child perhaps just a little bit of love will be showered on them. Maybe just a little bit of comfort from the quilt.

    We don’t have a web site but we do have a yahoo site:

    Thank you,

  2. Our group, SoCal Quilts of Valor, is part of a nationwide or international group of volunteers who make quilts to comfort those touched by war. To find a local chapter, go to http://www.qovf.org and search for local groups. If there isn’t one in your area, start one.
    Since 2003 the national organization has provided over 37,000 quilts to Veterans. In 2009 our little group donated 366 quilts and last year we presented 460! As of Feb 5, 2011, we have already delivered 56 quilts through the VA Hospitals. Some of our quilts have been presented to veterans of previous conflicts- WWII, Korea and Vietnam. They are so pleased to have someone show appreciation for their service, and the wounded say they provide great comfort during their healing. It’s nice for them to know there are people who care about them and they can wrap the quilt around themselves and get a ‘hug’ from all of us who had a part in constructing the quilt.
    We also work through the Long Beach school district to assist students in completing the 40 hours of community service required for graduation, by teaching them to sew these quilts to give back to the community. (Besides we are helping to perpetuate the skill of sewing to the younger generation!)
    In Jan we were featured on NBC as ‘Heroes at Home’ http://www.nbcla.com (search for Quilts of Valor).

  3. Molly Skeen says:

    Coffee Creek Quilters teaches quilting classes to incarcerated women at Oregon’s Coffee Creek Correctional Facility. We provide an opportunity for our students to learn life-enhancing skills, such as perseverance, patience, and problem-solving. Our goal is to nurture their self-confidence and improve their chance at success in the community after release from prison. Each student makes three quilts in weekly two-hour classes. The first two quilts are donated to charities. Students may keep the third quilt or give it to a loved one.

  4. I sew quilts with an all volunteer group called Thank You Quilters, our website is listed above. We sew quilts for injured soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas, which has the biggest military hospital in the country. We also sew quilts for thier kids who are having problems dealing with a military parent, his or her absence or parental changes due to military service. It’s a fun group supported by a local quilt shop who lets us meet there twice a month in their classroom for no charge.

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