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Thread: Need Your Opioion on Donation Quilts

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    I was recently given a couple of large bags of polyester knit cut into 3 inch blocks. I would like to use them to make lap quilts to donate to the kids picked up and placed with the Child Protective Service Agency. However, I would not use this fabric to make quilts for my family and friends. Is it wrong of me to use it to make quilts for the kids placed with CPS? In a way I feel guilty about using the knit for this purpose but I can't afford to buy a lot of quilting fabric to make donation quilts. Please give me your honest opinion on this subject.

    Thanks, Betty

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    it is quite kind of you to make quilts for others. use what you have. people will appreciate your thoughtfulness.

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    Actually I have heard the polyester will hold up better to the use - and washings - back in the "good ole days " they used what was available :lol:

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    How generous of you. Make what you can, the kids will love them.

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    Do not feel bad about using this fabric. There are some plus's for using poly , some very practical.
    1. It is warmer than cotton
    2. It holds color better
    3. Poly takes less time to dry than cotton
    4. Many poly's are much more durable than cotton as the fibers are contiuous rather than natural fibers that have a shorter lenght. ( having lived through the poly era , I can personally attest to the fact that garments made out of them just would not "die/wear out".)

    Just because you prefer cotton for your family quilts does not make poly unsuitable or less functioning. Do you think kids know the difference between poly and cotton?
    If they did not recieve a quilt what would they have to sleep with and call their own?

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    I think the top of the quilt doesn't matter for those in need of comfort, if you maybe used flannel for the backing it would make the quilts feel so comforting. Before I got into quilting my husband had some quilts his grandmother had made for him out of poly and he said they were very warm which is probably very important to the recipient- I would think.

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    My mother made my son a twin size quilt out of an array of polyester knits, all cut into blocks, she backed it with flannel, and tied it. It was his absolute favorite thing for years, he literally loved it to pieces, we had to have a memorial service for it when it finally became too raggedy to even wash.

    So yes, it is ok to make a quilt out of polyester knit!

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    Just my humble opinion, maybe you could swap it out on the swap board. It's for a good cause regardless. I do think that the mere fact they are receiving something made with love, is comforting, no matter the fabric type.

    Go for it!!!

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    When we are in horrid situations, such as these children will be, we are grateful for any touch of humanity from another person. Definitely, I'd say use what you have and make as many as you can. The really needy children will appreciate the love you put into the quilts.

    On a side note: my mil used heavy double-knit fabric instead of batting for some utility quilts she made several years ago. It worked great for the quilts we hauled camping when our boys were younger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S
    Do not feel bad about using this fabric. There are some plus's for using poly , some very practical.
    1. It is warmer than cotton
    2. It holds color better
    3. Poly takes less time to dry than cotton
    4. Many poly's are much more durable than cotton as the fibers are contiuous rather than natural fibers that have a shorter lenght. ( having lived through the poly era , I can personally attest to the fact that garments made out of them just would not "die/wear out".)

    Just because you prefer cotton for your family quilts does not make poly unsuitable or less functioning. Do you think kids know the difference between poly and cotton?
    If they did not recieve a quilt what would they have to sleep with and call their own?
    Very valid points Lori. I did have to chuckle on #4 though. As hard as I tried, I could not make those butt-ugly pants wear out. I actually had to wear them until they became "high-waters". Even then, my Mom said to tuck them into my boots. :thumbdown:

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    I agree that polyester wears forever. I just put the 3rd flannel backing on a poly quilt that I made for my daughter 25 years ago. The poly colors are slightly faded, but still a warm blanket. That is the goal in donation quilts and the kids will really appreciate them.

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    Oh for the 70's when we made those polyester quilts!

    One thought ... if this is thru an organization, you may want to check if they have requirements as to what is acceptable?

    Also, isn't poly more flammable than cotton? Which may be a consideration.

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    Its the love and care that is stitched in that makes it special...not the fabric. Go for it, they will provide comfort and warmth during a time of crisis.

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    "Also, isn't poly more flammable than cotton?"

    I beleive it will melt and stick worse than cotton. I sure would like to have the old polester quilts we had as kids. Bet they are still "alive " somewhere out there lol.

    Nursing home lap quilts are also a great idea,I am sure they will not mind polyester either.
    I guess I don't get why you would not use it for friends and family? beats me....

    I remember being a nursing assistant and having to wear pants and a smock made of polyester, dang was it hot. Then came nursing school with the polyester dresses,student aprons , white pantyhose and the dreaded hat lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by raedar63
    "Also, isn't poly more flammable than cotton?"

    I beleive it will melt and stick worse than cotton. I sure would like to have the old polester quilts we had as kids. Bet they are still "alive " somewhere out there lol.
    That reminds me of something I heard a while back about how when you fly you should always wear cotton because an ensuing fire after a crash would make synthetic fibers melt and stick to you rather than just burning off.

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    i do think it's kind of sad that you Would Not give these to your family; simply because i have always believed that any charitable contribution should be the same quality as i would use myself, or give to my mother-
    that being said- there is nothing wrong with using poly blend fabrics in quilting- some (purists) have a problem with it- but
    the quilts made from poly blends last forever- do not shrink, do not fade- hold up to industrial laundering-
    if you have children in your family you may want to (change your attitude) concerning the poly's and make kids you know quilts that will hold up and make great out-side picnic/play/fort quilts- that's what my granddaugter's use theirs for- they go everywhere with them...in the car, camping, sleep overs, picnics-
    drag around quilts are the best quilts!

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    there it goes again- hit the send button once= had 2 postings- so editing this one- instead of leaving it to take up space twice
    wish we could just delete our own posts when they double up on us ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by raedar63
    "Also, isn't poly more flammable than cotton?"

    I beleive it will melt and stick worse than cotton. I sure would like to have the old polester quilts we had as kids. Bet they are still "alive " somewhere out there lol.

    Nursing home lap quilts are also a great idea,I am sure they will not mind polyester either.
    I guess I don't get why you would not use it for friends and family? beats me....
    .... which is why I mentioned it because of the inherent safety risk factors.
    And ditto to the why not use it for friends/family??? beats me, too!



    For the OP ... If you are doing quilts to be donated through an organization, they may have specific do's and don'ts ... and you might be better to know before you put all your work into it, than to be disappointed when it's not acceptable!

    JIMHO

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    I agree with those that say that anyone receiving one of the quilts would be very appreciative to have something of their own to provide comfort. Regardless of fabric content.

    I had not thought about the organization having rules about fabric content, although I can imagine that they would be grateful for any donations. You can always call and verify beforehand. And if the charity you were considering doesn't accept poly - then find one that does! :)

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