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Thread: Charity Quilt Fabric

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    Quote Originally Posted by mimee4
    I use what I have. I, too, purchase fabric from JoAnn's that is on sale especially for charity kids' quilts or any other I'm working on.
    I used to do that but now Joanne's quality is so poor I wouldn't consider using it any more. Thank God that I have a large stash of fabric purchased back in the days when their quality was good.

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    I use fabric from my stash and occasionally buy fabric to go with it.

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    I have made many charity quilts and I only use good fabric. I use the fabric from my stash and one book that I especially like for children and can be used for any ages is by Karin Renaud titled Quilts from the Heart and now she has Quilts from the Heart II. I love her quilts.

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    I try to make every quilt one that I would use. Therefore, even for charity quits, I use quality fabric. I would hate to think that a quilt I made went to someone and then fell apart. That would be be an insult to that person and to me.

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    When making charity quilts, I use fabric from my stash, that I would use for making quilts for family and friends, or raffle quilts for my church fair. Sometimes I used fabric that had been given to me by friends to be used for charity quilts. I once made a quilt using a mustard gold and red calico print, probably from the 60's or before. I could have used sunglasses it was so bright, but a month or two later the guild received a picture of a baby and that "bright gold" quilt. It wasn't fabric I would have normally used to make a quilt, but it was quality fabric, just from a previous era.

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    My guild makes charity quilts, and I was tempted to use "not so nice" patterns. Then at a meeting we read the letters sent to the guild from the people who received our blankets. Mine was given to a woman whose home burned down right after her diagnosis of cancer. Red Cross gave her a quilt and put her and her husband in a motel. She wrote to thank us for the beautiful blanket of pink and purple flowers that reminded her of the garden she used to tend. She passed away two weeks after sending off the letter. That was my quilt. Now nothing is too nice to give to someone in need.

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    I use fabric from my stash, sometimes I am not ashamed to admit I donate quilts that did not turn out the way I wanted or patterns that I try but don't like the end result! and other times I use fabric that I had forever and don't like anymore

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    I use the same quality material that I would use for myself, most of the time, it is material left over from other projects, ( I always have plenty of that). I use a block that uses 5- 4'' squares and 2- 7 1/2 '' x 4 '' rectangles. Easy large blocks and I have fun using my scraps.

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    I love making quilts for kids. I buy fabric from a quilt store that frequently has sales, and I also buy from Hobby Lobby, JoAnn's, and Walmart--I just "feel" it for quality. Here are a couple of pictures of unfinished Project Linus quilts--the first is from Bonnie Hunter's quiltville site:http://quiltville.com/streakofsunshine.shtml
    The novelty sport quilt is from a pattern from a blog called Freda's Hive: http://fredashive.blogspot.com/2011/...or-family.html
    We are so fortunate to have these generous bloggers share their quilt patterns with us! There are a lot out there!The last quilt I did not make but want to; it is from http://www.ohfransson.com/oh_fransso...ice-quilt.html

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    Picnic quilt from Freda's Hive
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    From Oh Fransson's blog
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    I USE MY STASH. FOR CHILDREN I USE FABRIC PATTERNS APPROPRIATE --BEARS. DOGS. CARTOONS. ETC. FOR MILITARY RED, WHITE & BLUE OR MASCULINE FABRICS LIKE PLAID. THESE ARE THE ONES I TRY NEW PATTERNS TO SEE IF THEY ARE EASY TO PUT TOGETHER.

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    I use what's in my stash, buy new if I need to, use donated. But I don't ever use any fabric that isn't brand new. Any quilts I donate are the same quality as that which I make for family or special friends.

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    I wouldn't use anything for someone else I wouldn't use. I have bought fabric for two rag quilts for Japan because I didn't have enough at home. I would use the pieces I have at home or do the same as when I crochet to give away I make sure I have enough to complete the project. Sue

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    I do several (about 6 to 8) charity quilts for kids a month. I use fabrics that I love! I don't have a reason to make so many kids quilts but I LOVE to make them so I get to make something I love and have the satisfaction of know some child loves it. I like to use simple patterns so that I can finish a quilt in a day!

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    The thing about giving to charity here is that folks give what they don't want. I give what I WOULD WANT!!!!~
    I go in my stash and use something I have and I ONLY buy 100% cotton and use cotton, or silk or bamboo batting. So, hope that answers your question.

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    Hi Roxie, I also live in AZ and make charity quilts, almost exclusivrly. I use the same quality fabrics I would use for my personal quilts becasue I think children going through illness and hard times deserve a quilt that will up life there situation. I accept remnants and scrap donations to help defray the cost, since I'm a retired widow and cash is tight. The group I donate quilts to requires we machine quilt them because of the nedd for frequent laundering.I buy my fabrics online when the reputable QS have their sales and also from our QB members when they have their destash sales. I'm made life long friends buying from our members who find themselves over flowing with beautiful fabrics by their own doing or inheriting from loved ones. :-D

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    Quote Originally Posted by luvspaper
    I try to use something in my stash...some is better quality than others, but it is all quality that I would use for a personal quilt too.
    EXACTLY!

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    One of the reasons I don't quilt with my church's quilting group is that they make dreadful quilts! Not all of them, but many. The woman in charge says "they can't complain about what they get for free" and doesn't care if the are tied 8-10" apart (the batting will never withstand washing) and with a mixture of cotton, polyblends, and polyester knit in the same quilt! Then they serge the quilt instead of binding it.

    I do think that the end use of the quilt matters. The homeless shelter really likes quilts made from polyester knit and with a backing of fleece, but for children or most other charities I use tightly woven 100% cotton fabric because it withstands washing and "loving" better. I can find good fabric at lots of places (though it's easier at some stores than others!). I always use a double-fold binding because it lasts better than others, but everything is machine quilted and the binding attached by machine.

    Pam

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    I always cut extra strips for my projects, and use that - so it's always good quality. As many have mentioned, these quilts often need extra washings, so I'm careful that they are strongly quilted with double bindings. For quilts needed by the visually impaired, I mix bright fabrics and interesting textures (like Minkee or corduroy), and sometimes will add extra dimension (like triangle 'flags' inserted).

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    I use whatever I'd want for myself. Once, many years back I was homeless due to the loss of my husband and with 3 small children. I was so embarassed for some of the things people gave to me and my children. I felt I had lost my husband, my home, but not my taste. That first Christmas I found myself and two children in a homeless shelder, I asked for a doll, for my then 4 year old daugher, a doll she could cuddle and comfort her and a dress she could wear for Chrstmas day, more for me than her I think, anyway, she received a Barbie doll, with one arm missing. and a torn dress. I cryed. Since then God has blessed me, and I make as many fancy dresses and Raggedy Ann dolls dressed to match, as I can each year and take them to homeless shelders. Unfortunately, lately, the shelders tell me that little girls no longer wear "fufu" dresses and send me away. Go Figure?

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    I use alot of scraps and some from my stash. As far as quick quilts to make, check out the "potato chip" quilt (named that because you can't make just one!!), also the 1600 (see "http://blog.heirloomcreations.net/?p=1897) and you can make either one beginning to end in less than a day. Have fun with it.

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    I think you should use and make what comes from your heart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hope4me
    I use whatever I'd want for myself. Once, many years back I was homeless due to the loss of my husband and with 3 small children. I was so embarassed for some of the things people gave to me and my children. I felt I had lost my husband, my home, but not my taste. That first Christmas I found myself and two children in a homeless shelder, I asked for a doll, for my then 4 year old daugher, a doll she could cuddle and comfort her and a dress she could wear for Chrstmas day, more for me than her I think, anyway, she received a Barbie doll, with one arm missing. and a torn dress. I cryed. Since then God has blessed me, and I make as many fancy dresses and Raggedy Ann dolls dressed to match, as I can each year and take them to homeless shelders. Unfortunately, lately, the shelders tell me that little girls no longer wear "fufu" dresses and send me away. Go Figure?
    May God continue to bless you and your family. Your story of courage and dignity brought tears to my eyes. You're a wonderful person.

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    I check out what Fabric.com has on sale. They have a catagory "Always under $1.95" All are quality fabrics. Have gotten some very nice pieces on short bolt or pieces of collection that were left over. Also, free shipping on orders over $35.00. Best deal I have found.

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