Quilty Causes

I have come to the conclusion that quilters are about the greatest people on the planet. Don’t you think? Often times, when you hear of trying things happening to people, you soon hear of quilters gathering together to see what they can do to help. Whether it’s a tragedy on the other side of the world, or a hospital neonatal unit needing small quilts for tiny babies, or cancer patients needing something to keep them warm during their treatments, there are quilters hard at work behind the scenes.

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Quilts made by James Stitching Sisters


So, can I say again, that I think quilters are about the greatest people on the planet?

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James Stitching Sisters


In the May/June issue of Quiltmaker, I was able to spotlight two amazing groups of quilters. The James Stitching Sisters is a group of volunteers devoted to bringing cheer and comfort to breast cancer patients, as well as thoracic cancer patients and children receiving chemotherapy. Formed in 2004, these quilters have donated 3,350 lap quilts and tote bags to patients receiving care. Their “home base” is in a donated office space, which they have filled with fabric, sewing and long arm machines, and many, many volunteers. To see how you can help, visit stitchingsisters.org.

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Quilts 4 Cancer

Quilts 4 Cancer was started in Pahrump, Nevada by Jim and Barb Johnston, whose mission is to provide quilts and comfort to cancer patients. Through contacting friends and quilters around the country and holding quilt workdays in their community, Quilts 4 Cancer has been able to donate thousands of quilts. They welcome any quilts, quilting supplies or donations. To learn more visit quilts4cancer.org.

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Quilts 4 Cancer

So, if you are looking for a quilty cause, go check these groups out. Or, if you are already involved in a great cause, leave us a message and tell us all about it! We would love to hear!


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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One Response to Quilty Causes

  1. Lisa says:

    Those are both great causes. I will be sure to check them out.
    I’ve been donating quilts and unfinished quilt tops to Margaret’s Hope Chest for a few years now. They’ve gone to homeless families and children and right now she has a program that makes quilts for children whose parent(s) are incarcerated. The quilts are given to the child on his/her birthday as a special gift from the parent in jail. I think these poor kids are an often overlooked victim in these situations and can certainly use a quilt made just for them to brighten their day.

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