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    Quote Originally Posted by ProLongarmARTQUILTER View Post
    Just wondering how many charity things you do,maybe you're expected to do because you're in some group or not ???

    I'm not expected to do anything. However, I do a lot of stuff I give away. Usually to folks in my church who are ailing or injured or like the other day a kiddo told me you didn't go thru Kentucky on your way to Florida if you started from SW Indiana. I bought him a US map panel and a world map panel (had to add a bit to the US) and made him a little quilt. WITH A GOLDEN THREAD ZIGZAG running from Evansville, IN to Orlando. Gave him an old US atlas, too. He's just a little guy, but I got so tickled at him because he was just POSITIVE he was right.
    (for anyone who needs to argue---------I can drive 200 miles west and avoid Kentucky or 300+ east and avoid Kentucky, but I'm not into going around the way!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShirlinAZ View Post
    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.
    Do write back to the group/company and tell them to take you off the mailing list.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AshleyR View Post
    I'm making a quilt that will be auctioned or raffled off. This is a new experience for me. At first, I was honored for being asked, but as I keep working on it, it's looking less like a home-made quilt and more like a comforter/Chinese $25 quilt. And I don't like it. When I was asked, it was for a benefit for a baby who needed a heart transplant, and the poor little guy passed away, but they are continuing with the fund-raiser in his memory. I would much rather donate the quilt to his family in his memory, than have it raffled off in his memory. Oh well. I'm very sorry for the family and I hope this helps. I hope I didn't sound ugly about it!
    I'm putting the binding on a quilt to be raffled next weekend at our church. I have one more in the works. This one, the last one and the next one will be machine quilted by a lady who does beautiful work.

    BUT I AM DONE---------I've taken an unbelievable amount of abuse about the machine quilting. No one at our church is willing to hand quilt any longer. We've had handquilted quilts for years, but the quilters are all nearing 80 or in a couple cases, way past 80. And they are tired, some have medical issues on top of it all.

    So, the carpenters wheel for 2013 will be the last I have any part of. Hey, some of the church members did this to themselves. I was told just days ago, that this one gal would find someone to hand quilt a project she has yet to start. AND SHE WILL NOT BE DOING ANY OF THE WORK she has RA and absolutely can not sew in any form.

    I guess I shouldn't be a hard @$$ but enough is enough.
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    You didn't ask for the project - I would make the quilt up and give to the group you sew for, and not feel bad for one second. Shame on that group for doing that to you....but that way you're still doing something nice for someone else, and its what YOU choose!

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    I get a few started when my grandkids are visiting. They enjoy picking out the fabrics, and we pray for the recipients as we go. They especially love doing pillowcases because they go so quick. On the border I use my machine to write "Everywhere on earth I roam, where I lay my head is home". They go to the shelters locally and occasionally to the Red Cross for a disaster relief. We started doing this for the Joplin tornado, and we do it now because the kids are excited about it. My fabric is very inexpensive from clearance racks, so the cost is minimal. I use coupons for batting, and I always get thread on sale. I hope they never get too old to appreciate the value of giving.

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    I make quilts for those having dialysis, chemo and for military with a need. I do not do it thru any of the organized groups as a rule, but do make exceptions when there is a special need. Mainly I do it thru word of mouth and try to keep it in my local area/community.
    I chose these areas because they have special meaning for me personally. I put my heart and love into each quilt and know the recipients have something made just for them, rather than in general, and their name is on the label.
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    With 5 other ladies we make quilts for wounded National Guard in our state of AZ It is nice to know it is going to some one in our state. We all do 12 in blocks in red white and blue This time they are floating stars .I do the sashing and border and prepare the binding that another does , our long armer Quiltes it and another makes the label and cover for the quilt .The back is done out of any silly stuff in red white and blue made into 12in blocks We have given a few in person if not we share in the mailing to another city in our state.The quilt measures80 by 108. WE do one a year or 2.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GrannieAnnie View Post
    BUT I AM DONE---------I've taken an unbelievable amount of abuse about the machine quilting. No one at our church is willing to hand quilt any longer. We've had handquilted quilts for years, but the quilters are all nearing 80 or in a couple cases, way past 80. And they are tired, some have medical issues on top of it all.
    And this is from a church group!!!!! You should talk to your pastor and have him/her find a gentle way to get these people back on an even keel. That is one of the grossest things I've heard!

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    I donate baby quilts for the local hospital in Mission Texas. I usually do around 50 over the winter. Also work with a group that does lap robes for the military.
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    I'm new to Quilts for Kids so I've only done a few. I only do what I can as I work full time and am a caregiver but I do enjoy doing it. I pray for the children who will receive the quilt and hope they enjoy it for a long time. I've made my own commitment to do one a month if possible but have not had ANY pressure for a required number from my local chapter. I did ask for a kit for the first one but got impatient and made about 5 quilt tops before it was received according to thier instructions on the website (www.quiltsforkids.org). It's perfect for me as they are not large quilts that take lots of time and I can use my stash to be helping children. I believe quilting for groups like this is a personal choice and NO ONE should feel ashamed or bad if they choose not to. We all go through seasons and sometimes, it just isn't the right time.

    Thank you for all of you who give and all of you who don't. I think you are all WONDERFUL and I couldn't ask for a better group of quilters to be a part of!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sierra View Post
    And this is from a church group!!!!! You should talk to your pastor and have him/her find a gentle way to get these people back on an even keel. That is one of the grossest things I've heard!
    Very UNGREATFUL group, the majority or not.....please find another...and say good-bye to the old group.
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    Charity quilts

    I make at least 10-15 quilts and tops a year for the Quilts of Valor and The Linus Connection(a local group). I am currently unemployed and am enjoying the time I spend sewing charity quilts. I'm working on 4 tops right now, they're in various stages. I just finished 4 last month.
    The quilt picture I'm showing is this year's Linus Connection challenge quilt. Every year we get a kit of fabrics to use in a quilt that we design. This year we received a kit with 4 fabrics. We have to use at least 80% of the fabrics we get in the quilt and we could add 3 more solid fabrics to our quilts. I really had fun trying to figure out how to use the white robot fabric, so that I wouldn't have to cut it up too much. I named the quilt,"Mr. Roboto", the blocks are 16".
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    Each year, as one of my New Year's resolutions, I set an amount of square inches that I want to achieve in charity quilts. This is my third year with this resolution. My first goal was 12,000 sq. inches. Second year was 15,000 and this year it was 20,000. I have already made more than 24,000 this year--I was off for the summer!! And, I do not count overages for next year as that would defeat my purpose. The reason for setting an inch requirement is that I am not limited to one size. If I set # of quilts, say 20, I could get away with 20 small quilts. So, instead, I make all size quilts, from double bed to baby. I typically donate to my local Project Linus because they donate to various recipients--not just babies. They include the local hospitals who treat rape victims, babies, children, shelters, and so on. I also love that my quilts stay within my community as it is an economically deprived area in some parts (Sullivan County, NY). I have a huge stash so I pull the quilts from there. The fabrics are all LQS quality as I was taught to give what I would want to receive. Luckily, I can do that with these fabrics. If I didn't use up my stash (which likely will not occur in my lifetime if I live to be 175), what good would it be? I fully believe that I must give back to honor what I was given in this life.

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    Laurie,
    You are my kind of generous quilter and I love your approach! I piece tops for my guild's Project Linus group and just turned in 50 tops made from spring to last month. I just make "covers" using my stash and I target boys who are aged in double digits. So few PL quilts work for this group. My fabric acquisitions are now directed to that group and fabric shopping has taken on a whole new (and fun!) dimension. Fortunately, my guild isn't picky about requirements and I piece until the top looks done! Like Laurie, I will not live long enough to sew up my stash but I am trying!!
    We have a PL appreciation event annually and hear stories of how our PL quilts found homes. I have also run into a few parents of children who have received PL quilts and that always warms my heart. Laurie, I agree with you; it's a great feeling to know my tops are bringing comfort and warmth right here in my local area!
    One final note: for those of you who might question the value of charity quilts to middle and high school aged groups, I retired from education in those aged groups. With the advent of "climate controlled" buildings, many make the switch over from cooling to heat only once in fall and wait to switch back once in spring. This means that unseasonal days are horrible to deal with in these buildings. The solution is to drag your blanket with you to solve the problem! And it happens much more than you think!
    Kudos to all my fellow charity quilters wherever you are. May you be blessed warmly and abundantly.
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    Last year I did 10 quilts for David's House in Hanover NH to commemorate my 10 years of cancer free. My surgery was at the norris cotton cancer center at Dartmouth, and I wanted to do something special. This year I have finished one quilt for "quilt for kids", I have to send it in to be evaluated as I would like to become the DELMARVA peninsula's coordinator and keep the quilts local. I just started doing this, another place I have been thinking about making quilts is for the nursing home in my area - lots of those residents have so little money, but I don't know how to work the "distribution" issue". Lots of ideas out there to help others, I don't belong to a guild - don't like the politics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sierra View Post
    And this is from a church group!!!!! You should talk to your pastor and have him/her find a gentle way to get these people back on an even keel. That is one of the grossest things I've heard!
    No one, not even Jesus Christ Himself could change these people minds. MY MOM HAND QUILTED.................. you finish the statement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Deborahlees View Post
    Very UNGREATFUL group, the majority or not.....please find another...and say good-bye to the old group.
    I'll just do my sewing and quilting for other people. And I do plenty for other folks. And NO ONE can make me leave MY church.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GrannieAnnie View Post
    I'll just do my sewing and quilting for other people. And I do plenty for other folks. And NO ONE can make me leave MY church.
    I guess I'm dense, but what was the problem--that no one wanted to hand quilt anymore (and some thought that you should) or the fact that you machine quilted but some didn't like it? If no one wanted to hand quilt, then who would complain?

    I personally appreciate both hand quilting and machine quilting, but honestly, I prefer machine. However, my dd actually prefers hand quilting! (she's 21)

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    I do Quilts for kids and send 4 quilts to them every season. Sew for Quilts o Valor too...have connection with long armer who quilts for free. I work full time and help dh care for Mom you is end stage ALZ. Sewing for the past 6+ years has been a life line.
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    IN answer to your question...quite a few. In 2011, we finished over 80 (my family helped me). This year it's not been so many yet as I need to buy another roll of batting. We given them away ourselves to needy people here in our area of Poland. We have a charitable organization.

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    I make a few charity quilts each year, usually lap quilts or baby quilts. I welcome the opportunity to share, and it gives me some valuable practice time. The guild I belong to is a charitable organization, and contributing in this way is encouraged but never required or demanded. Some people contribute by donating the fabric and other materials, some are organizers, and others donate their time in sorting the fabrics and putting together kits. There is a great need for quilts for homeless shelters, victims of domestic violence, veteran's hospitals, a camp for special needs kids, etc..
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    The last 2 yrs I have not done many due to poor health. I did donate 11 quilts and 24 pillowcases to McDonald House in Morgantown, WV this year. In 2009 I donated 48 quilts (40x60) to a number of groups. I've done QOV. In Jan/Feb I'm in a little group of a dozen or so and we make as many pillowcases as possible. I like doing charity work but at the moment I'm not able to do much. No one should feel they have to donate, it's a personal thing in my opinion.

    EDIT: I do want to add that the 48 quilts in 2009 were very simple quilts .... mostly strippy quilts from http://maryquilts.com freebies. I'm not that fast but her strippy quilt is super fast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peckish View Post
    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.
    Aaarrrgh....now you have me crying! This would be the charity I'd be interested in...

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    I usually make 3 to 6 charity quilts a month - mostly for the local QFK Chapter. I always have a few in the works. I also make some of my Quilt Guild - usually 1 or 2 a month every couple of months. I do them because I like making kids quilts!
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    Quote Originally Posted by justflyingin View Post
    I guess I'm dense, but what was the problem--that no one wanted to hand quilt anymore (and some thought that you should) or the fact that you machine quilted but some didn't like it? If no one wanted to hand quilt, then who would complain?

    I personally appreciate both hand quilting and machine quilting, but honestly, I prefer machine. However, my dd actually prefers hand quilting! (she's 21)
    "our mothers hand quilted the quilts we raffled"----------------followed by some "how dare you's" and "if you want machine quilting, buy your quilt at Wal-mart". Plus a lot more. And a couple weeks ago-------"this quilt (one someone MAY donate) will be hand quilted. I'll find someone to do it!" Our quilters are tired and want to be REtired. Even our retired head quilter sends stuff out from time to time. If these other folks would just shut up and not have their little rants in front of me or prospective buyers, I'd not care.

    And I don't get any thanks-----------not that I really need it----------for piecing the quilts. (and buying fabric, and deciding designs, and cutting, and sewing, and finding batting, and finding backing, and getting the gambline permit, and printing the raffle tickets and selling the raffle tickets.........................) I get some help, but about 5 times as much mouth as help.
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    I started a quilt group 10 years ago we meet once a month for our regular club meeting and last winter we added a day to do charity quilts monthly. We work hard and work longer on our charity quilt day. We have all donated a lot of money/supplies to date. I encourage you to get involved if you are not. Every day I give I am blessed. Last winter I made 18 tops before we started all that time I was so excited to start another quilt.

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