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Thread: I was just given 30 quilt tops!! What to do with them? Ideas please...

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    Senior Member himnherr's Avatar
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    My friends father recently died. We were at lunch one day and she says "I wish I knew someone who is into quilting." Umm.... I haven't seen her in awhile so she had no idea of my new found hobby. I jumped on it and she said when she goes to get her mom in NY she'll bring me a van load of "stuff". Well, I picked it up yesterday. In it was 3 sewing machines (already found homes for them), 30 quilt tops finished, ready to be tied (at least that's what he did with them when he finished them), a stash of fabric and thread and rulers, templates, rotary cutters, blades, bobbins and cases, and other assorted "stuff"! Trust me, I know what to do with everything but the quilt tops. haha! I picked out about 8 that I want to keep, a couple of my friends may want a few others, but there's no way we will get rid of all of them. My friend is totally happy to have them donated to a charity- I've googled various ones, but I really don't know of any that will take just a quilt top- unfinished. They are all finished to the extent that each seam is top stitched- some with fancy stitching, some just straight stitching. They seem to be all cotton - some are coordinated scrappies, some are just scrappies. They range in sizes from lap size to King! I attached just a couple of the small ones to show- the big ones are too big to spread out for pictures. :-D
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    Linus Project, Downey Quilts for Kids, Quilts of Valor, just to name a few legit charities that need quilts! Others here will have more. Also, nursing homes, cancer units, etc.

    Enjoy your gift!

    Sorry, just reread your post, unfinished tops can be done by many LAQers who do this for these organizations. If you contact the organizations they will surely have a list of quilters who may help you finish those tops.

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    himnherr,

    What a treasure trove you have inherited! This is on the order of a sunken galleon filled with gold. So glad to hear your friend bequeathed these sewing supplies to someone who will enjoy them.

    Here is a recent thread about quilts given to the military servicemen in war zones. The thread lists several groups that collect quilts (or quilt tops) to send to our heros in uniform. I know that Sue in VA is also collecting quilts (or quilt tops) to send to her SIL's unit in Afghanistan.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-79192-1.htm

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    What a good friend...the thread alone is worth a fortune. I'm glad to see it went to a good home. The former quilter would have wanted that too. Have fun!

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    Contact Debbie Umphress

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    There is a charity called,

    Touching Little Lifes

    they will take them. I know because I used to belong to them. Google them, get on their website. I'm pretty sure there is a group in your local area.

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    Yesterday someone, (can't find the post) posted the attached link. They will take unfinished tops if you contact them first. Tops have to be a certain size though.

    small quilt guide lines

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    Tie them and donate them to a local childrens home, VA or nursing home. From the looks of the stacks of fabric, there's plenty there to use as backings. Either that or check with local churches, quilting guilds, etc. and see if anyone would be interested in finishing them for charity. If there's a women's prison anywhere near your area or a disability services organization they also might be interested in finishing them for charitable purposes. Here there's Senior housing facilities that people give paint supplies, craft supplies, or sewing supplies to and they use them to give the elderly people something to do.

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    That is soo wonderful for you! Sorry it came because of someones loss. So turn it around and Give to the Needy. 8-)

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    Could you finish a few off and give back to your friend , incase there are a few children in the family that would like a remembrance of her dad?

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    Quilts of Valor and maybe some of the King size ones can be made into two twins. There are many oragnizations that take tops and finnish them. Keep looking.

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    If you have not found homes for these unfinshed quilts I would gladly take them and finish them. My quilting group makes quilt for "newborns in need" and a few of them make for the Linus project. The rest we can finish up and donate to nursing homes. I am located just west of Springfield mo. So picking them up would not be a problem.

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    Here on the board, Jan in VA, is collecting them for her son in law's unit over in Afghanistan...they are trying to get over a hundred and I'm not sure if they've reached it yet...they will finish them if you send them the top.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PurplePassion
    Could you finish a few off and give back to your friend , incase there are a few children in the family that would like a remembrance of her dad?
    I offered to do this, but she told me they are "covered over" in quilts from him- lap, bed, car, etc. :lol:

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    Our group of church ladies make them up ahead of time. When there is a house fire locally or within our county, they quickly turn them into finished quilts and donate one or more to the disaster. Families are most appreciative. They also make quilts up and once a year donate them to a children's home here in Iowa and that way they still stay in our own state or as per above, in our own town/county.

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    quilts of valor Please I am a longarmer and have done a few for them already sending pm.

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    Our Quilt Guild takes quilt tops and finishes them, then donates them to the Wounded Warriers Project, the local Women's Shelter (and Men's Shelter because men do get abused) or the Family Resources Center. We would love whatever you can part with. We just gave 50 to the Women's Shelter plus 50 Christmas stockings last night. We also gave 121 quilts to the service hospital in Afganistan. I will gladly pay shipping if you can spare any.

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    I really don't know where you could donate all of it but that is definitely a treasure find.

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    Jan in va might want some. Check with her.

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    Our quilt guild accepts quilt tops, quilts them, and donates to charity. The guilds in your area probably do the same.

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    I appreciate all of the suggestions you've had. I received several PM's and in such I found the one I want to send them too. A fellow quilter does them for an abused women's and children shelter on a reservation in SD. I'll be sending them there next week.
    Thanks for all of the charity work you all do! Hopefully, these quilts will be a bright spot in someone's otherwise troubled life.

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    I'm glad you made a decision, sounds like a good one to me. Lucky you, lucky them.

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    That is great!

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    That's fantastic. What an amazing gift...any quilter would be happy to know their treasures are going to such a great cause.

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    Check with a local quilt guild. Our guild does a lot of charity quilting projects. Your local one may also

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