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    I have made as little as two or as many as 7 for my guild. I may not join the guild next year so will have to find another charity to donate a quilt or 2 for their use.
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    My personal goal is one quilt finished per month. And it must always be a new pattern with a new learning experience.
    I have a huge stash from years of sewing and from my mother and from my friends donations. So all I really need to purchase is the batting. My donation quilts go to a variety of places (as I prefer to spread the wealth around). My favorates places are Quilts of Valor, Linus Project, Quilts for Kids, Prayers for Squares, Camp Pendelton and Childrens Hospital of San Diego. I also make pillowcases for them.....

    Over the years I have made a quilt for every member of my family, some were received well some were not. But at this point in time I know thay all have at least one that I made just for them.

    I am a retired widow with more time on my hands than I know what to do with it. My children are grown, my husband is gone and I am retired from my work......It is my time to sew for charity because I can. Do not fuss about doing it if you are a young/middle-age wife/mother/working girl with not enough hours in your day......Far too soon there will be no more soccar games to go to no more PTA meeting....only Doctor visits, quiet times in the garden, actual time to walk your dog, time to watch the sun set with a good glass of wine, and lots and lots of time to make all the charity quilts you want....because you have the time.
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    So far this year I have made at least 10 charity quilts. 8 just went to South Dakota for a clothing drive for one of the Indian reservations and the other 2 I made for the 24 year old girl that had the flesh eating disease from around Atlanta and the other for a 7 year old child that is recovering from brain and spinal cancer.

    My goal is to make at least 12 quilts for the clothing drive next year if not 24. I'd also say that about 90% of the fabric in my closets are for charity quilts.

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    I joined our local Quilts of Valor group after my son received one of their quilts. I also make blocks for a local group that makes quilts for Gold Star Familes. The Gold Star Mom of one of the Marines from my son's company started the group to deal with her own grief. I've never felt obligated to do these things and have never felt anything but appreciation for the little that I do. For me, this is such a small thing I do for those who have given us all so much.

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    I belong to local organizations and give of my time and talent to benefit the schools and literacy in my community. I have little time to spare for quilting.

    If anyone tried to guilt me because I don't do quilts for charity I would tell them to pound salt! No one knows your heart and your stage of life. To be in any way "forced" to be "charitable" is not a true charity.

    (P.S. I recently stopped at a QOV booth at a quilt show and inquired about doing a quilt for them. By the time she got done telling me about the restrictions and the fact that she couldn't tell me where the quilt would go, I was done with the whole idea!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pat625 View Post
    I have never heard of Passage Quilts..Can you explain what type organization they are?
    Passage Quilts is an organization that gives quilts to terminally ill patients at one of our local hospitals. After the patient passes, the quilt is given to the family. I do not know if it's a national organization or just local. The one I've donated to is run through the pastoral program at the hospital. I attended a Saturday Sew-In for Passage Quilts a while back and took a bunch of pictures of the quilters, the quilts, and some of the thank-you notes. One of the ones I remember most vividly was a quilt made of pieced cat blocks that a woman had made while grieving for her husband. She donated the top. It was quilted, bound, and placed in the chapel's quilt room. A man came into the hospital and was offered his choice of a quilt. He declined at first. Later, in a conversation with a nurse, he expressed how much he missed his cat. She went to the chapel and brought him this quilt, make of cat blocks. He loved it.

    One of the quilters I met that day told me that SHE had been the recipient of a Passage Quilt. Her brother had been ill, and after he passed, someone put the quilt in the dryer to warm it up. Then it was wrapped around her and she was told that it was a warm hug from him. She said she closed her eyes, the quilt still had her brother's scent on it and she could actually feel his hug.

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    I'm a long arm quilter so I do charity quilts for a local church. They supply the top and back from donated fabrics. I donate the batting. I guess I've done between 50 to 60 small (36x36) during the past year. And now I'm putting together quilts for a nursing home. I've completed 5 to 6 quilts to dend to them.

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    I only make quilts for a children's charity. I've attempted making quilts for my 2 adult daughters and by the time they were finished, they didn't want those colors any more. I average a quilt a week while focusing on quilts for the greatest need---teen-age boys. I also knit and crochet when I'm watching TV. I have no grandchildren so this gives me the opportunity to meet my grandma needs. On rare occasions people donate fabric to me but I pay for all the rest of the materials.

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    I haven't quilted for charity, but I have crochet "Heart Scarfs". This next year I hope to make a quilt and donate it to a charity, maybe two but I don't feel confident in my abilities to give to a stranger who may or may not be a quilt police person. My OCD kicking in there. LOl
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    I make dozens of charity quilts a year. I don't belong to any guilds, just do it for the enjoyment I get out of doing something for someone that may not otherwise get a "hug". I make Quilts for Kids too, have made about 10 for them this year. I always have some lap quilts on hand for whenever someone needs one. I feel that I was given a "gift" in my ability to sew and quilt, and that it is my duty to use that "gift" in the best way I know how.

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    I do between 2 and 5 quilts a year, depending on what other projects I have going. Last year I made three quilts and about 15 dresses for our church orphanage. This year, we have been asked to do choir robes for our children. Personally, I'd rather have our kids wear a white shirt and black pants/skirt and use our talents for orphans. But, I wasn't asked and I'm not sure this is a group I'll stay in. I like to help others who have less. But that's another whole subject! (Sorry, just needed to vent.)
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    I personally do two or three a year.

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    You could send it to me. I'd be glad to do it

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    I have made numerous charity quilts. I sew for pleasure and the artistic, creative experience. I don't have much family so I make things for charity. Have send quilts, crocheted, knitted articles to Project Linus, community organizations, Luthern World Relief, Hatii, some countries in Africa, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. I love to create and there are always people in need. I do not belong to any quilting guild. I LOVE TO QUILT and I love this board.

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    I make quilts for returning military for our county area (three this year), quilted blankets for the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in our area hospital, scent pillows for the NICU, and gowns for preemies who are being baptized or who don't make it. I dedicate my sewing time one day a week for this endeavor. Some generous people on this site have donated materials for this, and I use my own scraps.
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    I have been involved with Quilts of Valor for over five years. My goal is to make one a week and am pretty much on schedule for these years. I do not find their requirements to be difficult. A friend and I do fundraising at three local community festivals, fairs. We each take a quilt, a book showing other quilts we have made, our destination letters, thank yous, and of course, our money box. We talk about our experience in this organization and ask for help. Once they realize our dedication to this project, most give us a few dollars. They add up. We keep good financial records and ensure those who donate that the money will be used only for the QOVs. The money from these events covers our expenses for the year.

    God is good! Once I get my QOV done for the week, I find I have plenty of time to do my own quilting. I should add that I have a very cooperative Marine husband who encourages me, takes over in the kitchen, closes basting pins, helps me pack, and is my male mailman.

    From this thread, I am so glad to read that many of us are sharing our talents. There are so many needs from the babies to the seniors. I am proud of you all and thank you for giving of yourselves to others.

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    I have been making jean rag quilts and serger quilts and crocheted afghan
    for about 8 years just because I felt like I wanted to help children and
    this is a way to do it. Besides I don't like sitting in front of the boob tube
    all the time.

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    send the kit to me. I make charity quilts all the time. Usually I make about two or three a month for women's shelter, lap quilts for VA, our guild charity bee makes 800 christmas stockings for children in the CPS program. I made 80 this year; I finished in August. I get a great pleasure of completing these quilts for the better good. Last March I was at a rretreat in Branson, MO right after the tornado hit. We made 60 pillowcases, provided 3 sets of sheets, and 6 towels/washrags sets, and one quilt to the relief efforts.

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    I spend 4 hours, two days a week with a group that does nothing but "charity" quilts. the quilts go to the local pediatrics unit, and the local hospice. What a joy, and we have such a good time together. the materials are donated, and we do at least two raffles a year to earn money for batting, as well as some support from the local guild.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcrow View Post
    I have never (shame on me) made a quilt for charity. About one week ago, I got a package in the mail and inside is a pre-cut quilt. It says to sew it together and send it back by the end of the month. I don't know why I received this. I didn't sign up for it and don't want to do it. Does anyone want this? I will mail this to you free of charge. I think someone put my name in for this without my permission. It upset me that someone did this without my knowledge or consent. They don't know my workload or lifestyle. I am planning on sending it back with a note saying it was sent as a mistake.

    I know, I should make one, but my plate is full right now and I couldn't get it done at the end of the month even if I wanted to. So, if anyone wants it, pm me. Otherwise, I'm sending it back. I'm planning on making some throws for the home down the street in our town of 800 people. They are counting on me for that. And that is not for a little while yet. I have a busy schedule right this minute.
    If they sent it to you without your permission it is legally yours to keep and do with as you please. Keep it, and when you have time make it and donate to your local charity.
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    I don't get pressured, I make as many as I have time for, when I am too busy at work or whatever, I don't do any. sometime I am ashamed to admit, I give to charity the quilts that did not came out right or I am not satisfied with.

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    I do all my charity quilts for Linus.

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    First of all, quilts are for people, not charity. The love that is sewn into a quilt is for the person in need. I quilt for cancer patients who are undergoing treatment to keep them warm and know that someone loves them. I don't do it out of compulsion, but am compelled by the love I have known and the gifts I have been given. I am always trying to find patterns that make the process quicker, so I can make more quality ones. If this is not for you, then maybe donate part of your stash to someone who is doing it out of love. I know that I am always scrambling for fabric and batting. Generous people here on the board sent me fabric for the cost of postage so I can continue. I look at quilting as a mission of love, I don't count how many I do, but esteem the people who receive the quilts and my prayers. Quilting is a matter of the heart. I am not a medical person, or any other gifts that I can help, but am compelled to give beauty and hope one quilt at a time. If you don't want to make quilts for "charity", that is ok. Remember that we are all given something we can share with someone who cannot give back and did not choose to be in that position. Thank you to all of you who give from the heart of compassion and sacrifice! You never know what it will mean to someone in the toughest spot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Suz View Post
    I have been involved with Quilts of Valor for over five years. My goal is to make one a week and am pretty much on schedule for these years. ...... I am proud of you all and thank you for giving of yourselves to others.
    I think with QOV, the long-armer can get left out of the loop and feel like they're not as involved in the process. I'm glad I found one quilt topper to work with. I feel involved, get feedback and get to see the end result along with the recipient. I was getting tops from all over the US and never any information about what happened to the quilt once it left my hands. I like feeling a more personal connection. And now, Carol is working on a fund-raiser that will help defray costs, pay for batting and thread, etc. She's gotten fabric donated, loves to sew and will keep me as busy as I can handle. Yeah Carol!

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    I make quilts for a group called "Quilts 4 Kids". A lady has started a local chapter so I take what I make to her and she delivers it, along with many others donated, to local hospitals. I figure if I make them with love, then where they go and to whom, is up to that recipient to either feel the love or not. Once it's out of my hands, it is done. I've done my "good" and hopefully it will wind up with a "happy to get it" person. Sometimes I use fabric that has been donated and sometimes I pull from my stash. I do complete each, usually arounnd 40x54 and wash them before I hand them off. I do simple DMS.

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