Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Results 1 to 15 of 15

Thread: If you donate quilts do you...?

  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Southern Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    505

    If you donate quilts do you...?

    My niece works at a Sick Kids Hospital and mentioned that they take donations for handmade articles for baby's and kids. So being fairly new to quilting, I thought I would like to make some flannel quilts up, so yesterday hit the local fabric store and bought 12 yards of flannel. (on sale for $4.00 yard) so now I have all this material and just eying to figure out what is the best way to make them.
    My question is..."If you were making these would you add batting in the middle of the flannel?" Not sure what to do and I will wait for your feedback since everyone has helped me so much in the past.
    Also trying to figure the best pattern. I got 3 different colour groups. Pink, yellow and primary blue with 4 different patterns in each colour.
    Look forward to hearing your answers and getting these beautiful children in need.
    Thanks for your help!!

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    york county, PA
    Posts
    944
    Be sure you wash the flannel before cutting it! And you will probably want to wash all your fabric first being that you are making blankets for kids - get the chemical finish off the fabric. Our church ladies made 'prayer blankets' for the minister to give to members or friends he visits if they are ill. They are just cotton fabric one side and flannel the other.

  3. #3
    Super Member suebee's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Arizona
    Posts
    4,080
    I would add the batting, how about something simple like strips or just blocks or 9 patch blocks. I think that would be awesome. Thank you for doing that, truly a wonderful gesture. Have fun!
    SUEB

  4. #4
    Power Poster dunster's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Lake Elsinore, CA
    Posts
    12,427
    You're wonderful for doing this for the sick kids. Sometimes hospitals have special requirements, do it would be best to check with them. Ask about batting, fabric, size, etc. before you start making things and that way you won't be disappointed if they are unable to use some of your quilts.

  5. #5
    Super Member Tink's Mom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    chicago, IL
    Posts
    9,692
    Try a rail fence pattern...it will look nice and it is quite simple. Make sure you wash the quilt when it is done...and go over it carefully for stray threads and pins. I sew quilts to donate to Downey's Quilt for Kids and they give you a list of do's and don't's.
    Tink's Mom (My name is really Susie)

  6. #6
    Super Member donnalynett's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Oregon
    Posts
    1,318
    Our group makes sure every child leaving the hospital pediatric ward goes home with a quilt. We usually do a cotton top, batting and a flannel back or vice-versa. Yes, be sure and wash the flannel first. We are required (if tied and not quilted) to tie every 6" and cut the ties back to 1/2" long.

  7. #7
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Southern Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    505
    Thanks Ladies so much for the comments! The fabric is already washed and have decided tomadd some batting as well. Look forward to handing them over to my neice to take to Sick Kids Hospital. Sort of gives me a warm fuzzy feeling inside!! LOL

  8. #8
    Power Poster ckcowl's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Northern Michigan
    Posts
    11,197
    Blog Entries
    1
    pre-wash- use batting- machine stitch the binding (front and back) and make them durable- also wash the finished quilt before giving it-
    remember that in the hospital the quilts are going to go to the industrial laundry- be washed in hot water- and dried in a dryer- they will not recieve (special care) so you need to make them durable-
    you may want to check to see what size they prefer also- our pediatric floor accepts quilts that are 40"x 50" up to 50" x 72" they do not want ones that will hang over the sides of the bed much- they accept different sizes- but prefer them to be on the (smaller than bed-sized) quilts
    do not add buttons- or embellishments that can come off-
    you could visit the Linus Project or Downy quilts for Kids web site to see the patterns they use-and sizes ===their guidelines are good to follow for most quilts going to the hospitals for children.
    but durable and washable/dryable are the biggest things to be concerned with
    hiding away in my stash where i'm warm, safe and happy

  9. #9
    Power Poster
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    VIRGINIA
    Posts
    22,623
    i make alot of quilts for kids so i use one side with flannel and other side with cotton i always put a light batting in between. if im doing both flannel and flannel i dont use a batting be sure to wash your flannel first
    QUILTNMO

  10. #10
    Super Member Daylesewblessed's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    West Texas
    Posts
    1,793
    I do small charity blankets for babies -- about 40" square or less, and usually do not put batting in them. For larger flannel blankets, I use batting or a layer of flannel as batting. It is definitely important to pre-wash the flannel.

  11. #11
    Super Member Buckeye Rose's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Monroe, IN
    Posts
    2,285
    Call the hospital where you want to donate before cutting any fabric. They may have specific requirements of donated items such as sizes, fabrics, battings and quilt density. They also may have pattern suggestions. The Hospital where I donate quilts wants all new fabrics, poly batting because of allergies, a denser quilting than normal (quilts get washed frequently), and no black or black print fabrics. It seems like a lot of rules for charity, but there are reasons for everything.

  12. #12
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Lived in San Diego now retired in Eagar, AZ.
    Posts
    861
    Blog Entries
    1
    here's what i was taught in my quilt guild.... buy a queen size batting, fold in half, cut on fold, fold each half in half the other direction and cut on fold again...that way, one queen size batt gives you 4 baby quilts...now make your quilt to fit the batt... this also means the quilt bat is 45 x 54... a nice size for baby quilts... AND you can use one length of 45" fabric for backing...I DO have to check for the 45...or buy 60 on sale... knit, fleece, upholstery fabric, and some cotton wovens are wide enough to use without piecing. even if you pay a bit more, it's only one length so cheaper in the longrun... it's easy to resize your blocks to fit the 45" width, go for easy, wash flannel at least twice, but 3 times is better...it keeps shrinking more than once.

  13. #13
    Power Poster QuiltE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    14,851
    BrendaM ... as your fellow Canuck here ... I'll echo about the importance of checking on any specifications the hospital has. Better to know now, than to do all your work and find out that they are rejected. (and yes, perhaps your niece has given you all that detail.)

    Another idea would be to make FUN pillow cases for the kids. I know some hospitals welcome them ... and of course, some would totally refuse them, as not being the regular bed linens.

    How good of you to want to do this for the kids!
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Sew many ideas ... just sew little time!!
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

  14. #14
    Super Member AliKat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Phoenix, AZ
    Posts
    2,890
    Since you live in Canada ... add the batting. If you were here in Arizona then maybe not.

    ali
    Have fun quilting! If it isn't fun, you will miss a lot.
    ali

  15. #15
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Southern Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    505
    Thanks again Ladies for the great info! The material is about to be washed for the third time now and just waiting to hear from neice for sizes.
    Thanks again!!

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.