Comfort Quilts

Four days after Christmas a dear friend told me her 2-year-old nephew Sam had just been diagnosed with cancer. My heart went out to Sam and his family knowing the long, uncertain road ahead for all of them. I wanted to do something for Sam, so I sent him a little quilt. He’s facing extended time in the hospital for treatment, away from home and the rest of his family, in unfamiliar surroundings, and I thought a quilt might bring him a little comfort. I sent him Zoo Parade, the Big Block Baby quilt that I made for our March/April ’13 issue.

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Zoo Parade

Each of us makes quilts for different reasons—to try a new technique, use a terrific fabric you just bought or work on reducing some of that stash, a gift for someone—you name it, the list is long. Each of my beds at home have quilts, all my kids and grandkids have quilts, there are quilts hanging on my walls, quilt racks and quilt ladders, but yet I still make more quilts. It’s an addiction, I know!

There are lots of time when I want to do something to help out a worthwhile cause, and the one thing I know to do is to give a quilt. I never know when a donation is needed, so I like to keep quilts and tops ready!

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tops and quilts

The pile is big and keeps growing, but for me this fills a couple needs. It fulfills my need to play with my fabric and make quilts, and it also brings me some comfort knowing that the quilts will go to a good cause.


About Carolyn

I'm the Content Director for Quiltmaker magazine. I'm married with three grown sons and one adorable grandson.I've been quilting for over 30 years. I'm an avid quilter, but I also enjoy photography, scrapbooking, knitting, reading and hanging out with friends and family.
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3 Responses to Comfort Quilts

  1. Dianna says:

    I make a few quilts usually new baby quilts. I just enjoy the process. I have given all quilts away. I plan to make a few quilts of valor to give to friends and family. A wonderful friend has given me long arm lessons. So, I must get something ready for that.

  2. Alice says:

    I really admire people who quilt, I don’t have the patience for it myself so I donate all of my embroidery test stitches to a local group who quilts for charities.

  3. Becky says:

    I feel the same way! I love to make quilts and most of the quilts I make get donated. I usually don’t hear their story, but I hope that they bring someone a measure of comfort during a difficult time.

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