Give Love | Quilting for a Cause – Together We Can Change the World One Stitch at a Time

When you give a quilt, you’re giving so much more than a simple present. A quilt is a gift of time, a gift of patience, a gift straight from the heart with love in every stitch! There are so many wonderful charitable organizations that welcome handmade quilts with open arms. If you’re looking for an opportunity to give love, we’re here to help you find a place to send your beautiful quilts, fabric, supplies, and donations. Thank you so much for everything you do! Together we can change the world one stitch at a time.


How We’re Giving Back

This year, Missouri Star has chosen Project Linus to receive a $5,000 donation. Project Linus provides love, a sense of security, warmth, and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.” Learn more at www.projectlinus.org


Find a Place to Donate Your Quilts

Below is a list of organizations that could use your help and sewing skills! You can give finished quilts, fabric, supplies, monetary donations, and more. Click on each link to learn more.

Thank you for taking the time to make a difference.

Quilts for Children in Need

Baby Blocks Quilt Pattern for Charitable Giving with Missouri Star


Babies in Need
Every baby deserves to be safe, warm, fed, protected and loved! Babies in Need works with local social workers to ensure that every newborn in Southwest Washington has essential clothing, bedding and car seats. Our gift packs provide these and other items parents need during their baby’s first three months of life. babiesinneed.org

Binky Patrol
Binky Patrol is an all volunteer, national, non-profit organization making and distributing homemade blankets to children born HIV+, drug-addicted, infected with AIDS or other chronic and terminal illnesses, those who are abused, in foster care, or experiencing trauma of any kind. www.binkypatrol.org

The Cradle
The Cradle is one of the foremost adoption agencies in the country. They provide lifelong support for all who are touched by adoption—birth parents, adopted persons, and adoptive parents. The Cradle is committed to finding a loving home for every child entrusted to their care. www.cradle.org

Komfort 4 Kids
The Komfort 4 Kids Project is a completely volunteer-based, non-profit group that relies on the support and generosity of the community to help make a difference in children’s lives. They coordinate the collection and distribution of new, handmade blankets to organisations that deal with sick, traumatised, or needy children in Australia. www.komfort4kidsproject.websyte.com.au/

Little Lambs Foundation for Kids
The Little Lambs Foundation for Kids has a mission to uplift struggling families and foster youth by providing necessary items that no child should have to go without. www.littlelambsofutah.org

Newborns in Need
Newborns in Need, Inc. is a charity organized to help take care of needy babies. NIN volunteers provide care necessities to agencies and hospitals serving premature, ill, or impoverished newborns. Newborns In Need distributes items free of charge to babies in the United States. newbornsinneed.org/volunteer/

Quilts Beyond Borders
Quilts Beyond Borders is an all-volunteer non-profit organization which reaches out to under-served children, mainly orphans, across the world to provide a handmade quilt and spread love and hope. quiltsbeyondborders.wordpress.com/about/

Quilts for Kids
Quilts for Kids is a nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming fabrics into patchwork quilts to comfort children facing serious illness, trauma, abuse, and natural disasters. www.quiltsforkids.org

Quilts from Caring Hands
Quilts from Caring Hands makes and distributes quilts at no charge to children-at-risk in Oregon: the homeless, those in foster care, visually impaired, abused, those with mental health issues. Our quilts are given to agencies that work with children from birth to age 18. quiltsfromcaringhands.com

Shriners Hospital for Children
Shriners Hospitals for Children is changing lives every day through innovative pediatric specialty care, research and outstanding medical education. All services are provided in a family-centered environment, regardless of the families’ ability to pay. www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/shc

Sleep in Heavenly Peace
They believe that a bed is a basic need for the proper physical, emotional, and mental support that a child needs. Across the U.S., too many children go without a bed to sleep on. They end up sleeping on couches, blankets, and even floors. This can affect their happiness and health. Sleep in Heavenly Peace is a group of volunteers dedicated to building, assembling and delivering top-notch bunk beds to children and families in need. www.shpbeds.org

Sweet Pea Project
The Sweet Pea Project offers comfort, support and gentle guidance to families who have experienced the death of a baby. Sweet Pea Project Blankets are donated to hospitals across the country and around the world. www.sweetpeaproject.org

Touching Little Lives
The mission of Touching Little Lives is to make and distribute free of charge handmade items to preemie and needy newborns in Ohio. Every penny donated is spent on providing for these little lives. This is truly a charity of the heart, our reward being the personal satisfaction of helping those too young and fragile to help themselves. www.touchinglittlelives.org

Wrap Them in Love
The mission of Wrap Them in Love is to collect donated quilts and distribute them to children around the world, so they can be wrapped in love and comfort. As we all know, a quilt is a very special thing. It isn’t just a blanket; it has been lovingly created by a real person. A quilter leaves a part of themselves in every quilt they make. The child who receives it will be able to snuggle up in all the love and comfort that comes in that quilt. www.wraptheminlove.org

Quilts for Comfort
The primary purpose of Quilts from Caring Hands is to bring this feeling of loving comfort to at-risk children in Oregon. These include those who are homeless, drug addicted, visually impaired, or abused, and those in foster care. Our quilts are distributed through designated social service agencies. Each quilt we make for a child is unique. In addition to crib- and twin-sized quilts, we also assemble tactile quilts and “cuddlers” for visually impaired children. The finished quilts and cuddlers are given away once each quarter. quiltsfromcaringhands.com

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Quilts for Animals

Snuggles Project
The Snuggles Project remains a very popular program of Hugs Society (formerly Hugs for Homeless Animals). Its popularity is worldwide. People from all around the world make Snuggles and donate them to their local animal shelters and rescues. Since its inception we have provided more than a million Snuggles to shelter animals around the world. www.snugglesproject.org


Quilts for Disaster Relief

Friendly Neighbor Quilt Kit for Charitable Giving with Missouri Star

American Red Cross
The American Red Cross mission is to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies. For over 130 years, the Red Cross has provided comfort, care and necessities to those affected by disaster including immediate assistance for food, shelter, clothing and emotional support. www.redcross.org

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Quilts for Cancer Patients & Survivors

Easy Ribbon Quilt Pattern for Charitable Giving with Missouri Star

Cancer Support Community (a.k.a. Gilda’s Club)
As the largest professionally led nonprofit network of cancer support worldwide, the Cancer Support Community is dedicated to ensuring that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community. They are here to provide relevant and highly personalized support when and where it is needed most because “Community is Stronger than Cancer.” www.cancersupportcommunity.org

Quilt for a Cause
Quilt for a Cause organizes the donation and marketing of hand-crafted quilts, quilt-related products and activities to raise and distribute funds to organizations in Arizona that provide treatment, support services and research for breast and gynecologic cancers. www.quiltforacause.org

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance brings together the leading research teams and cancer specialists of Fred Hutch, Seattle Children’s, and UW Medicine. Their mission is the pursuit of better, longer, richer lives for their patients. www.seattlecca.org

Victoria’s Quilts
The mission of Victoria’s Quilts is To provide handmade quilts to a specific cancer patient or treatment facility. By providing these quilts we hope to help the cancer patients feel “Just a Little Warmer and a Little More Comfortable©.” www.victoriasquilts.com

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Quilts for Veterans & Active Military

The Vision of Freedom's Victory Digitally Printed Panel for Charitable Giving with Missouri Star

Quilts of Valor
The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to cover Service Members and Veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor. www.qovf.org

Quilts of Honor
The mission of Quilts of Honor is to bestow a universal symbol and token of thanks, solace, and remembrance to those who serve in harm’s way to protect and defend our lives and freedoms. Quilts of Honor are made by the loving hands of countless volunteers who wish to thank those who have served and to honor their service and sacrifice. www.quiltsofhonor.org

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Additional Charities for Quilt Donations

Daniel’s Heart Foundation
To bring relief to those who suddenly find themselves experiencing life-long illness, disease, or physical trauma and are being cared for in their homes. www.danielsheart.com

Daughters of the American Revolution
The Daughters of the American Revolution is an organization with a deeply rich history while also being truly relevant in today’s world. More than 1,000,000 women have joined the organization since it was founded over 125 years ago. They became members to honor their heritage as well as make a difference in their communities across the country and the world. www.dar.org

The Giving Quilt Inc.
The Giving Quilt, Inc. is a public, non-profit, charitable organization that promotes the creation and presentation of quilts that provide comfort to children and adults, and works to increase public awareness with a biennial public quilt exhibit and presentation ceremony. The Giving Quilt invites all quilters to participate by donating quilts, either through participation at Giving Quilt sponsored sew days or through the biennial quilt show. Quilters and non-quilters are encouraged to join and participate through donations and assisting at the show. Thegivingquiltinc.wordpress.com

Hearts Knit Together
Hearts Knit Together is a non-profit organization that delivers much needed personal items to those escaping domestic violence, sexual abuse, or war. Our volunteers collect, craft, and assemble these kits which include hygiene items, toys, games, puzzles, clothing, and stuffed animals for the children. These kits are distributed through Domestic Violence Shelters, victim support centers, and refugee organizations, to children and adults across the state of Utah. Our mission is to offer joy and order in the lives of those in our community who need it the most. www.heartsknittogether.org

Hopes & Dreams Quilt Challenge for ALS
Each quilt donated to Hopes & Dreams from generous and selfless quilters across the country is sold to raise funds for ALS research. Hopes & Dreams, Inc. is a registered nonprofit with 100% of sales going to ALS research. Hopes & Dreams, Inc. is supported and funded in full by Quilters Dream Batting. www.hopesanddreams.quiltersdreambatting.com

Love, INC of Columbia, MO
Love Inc. seeks to help those struggling with poverty by listening without judgment, facing reality, finding hope, and partnering for change. They do this by receiving, organizing, and deploying resources and volunteers to address material, informational, and relational poverty. www.columbialoveinc.org

Mito Quilts of Hope
Mito Quilts of Hope Charity Quilts is a project whose goal is to give a quilt to every patient with Mitochondrial Disease (Mito) in Canada and the United States within 5 years. Due to Christine Knox’s own diagnosis of Mito, she conceived the project in August of 2013, to raise awareness of this rare genetic disease. Mitoquiltsofhope.org

New Moms
New Moms partners with families to construct the foundation of well-being by strengthening core life skills, incorporating early childhood development supports, building pathways to and preparation for education and employment, and expanding positive social networks and access to community resources. newmoms.org

Operation Happy Nurse
To help all nurses struggling with stress, anxiety and/or depression by offering a community focused on improving overall mental health and physical wellbeing. www.operationhappynurse.com

Quilts of Compassion
Quilts of Compassion is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing hope and encouragement to those who are hurting through the gift of handmade quilts.  www.facebook.com/quiltsofcompassion

Ronald McDonald House Charities
They believe in supporting families around the world and helping them access the medical care and resources they need. www.rmhc.org

Stitchers Mending Hearts, Inc.
Stitcher’s Mending Hearts is a Non-Profit organization doing good for the needy by using our crafting talents to bring a smile to someone in need. www.facebook.com/stitchersmendinghearts

Tubman
Tubman helps women, men, youth and families who have experienced relationship violence, elder abuse, addiction, sexual exploitation or other forms of trauma. Throughout the Twin Cities, Tubman provides safe shelter, legal services, mental and chemical health counseling, elder abuse resources, youth programming and community education, including public information campaigns to provide community members the information and support they need to get help or give help. www.tubman.org

Young Parents Network
YPN was founded in 1985 by community leaders who recognized that there was a lack of support for young families in Cedar Rapids. Since that time YPN has taken on a leadership role in East Central Iowa as the provider of ongoing comprehensive year round programs that meet the most critical needs of thousands of families within our community. www.ypniowa.org

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There are so many ways to give love! Explore our holiday page to find several projects that make wonderful charitable donations and thoughtful gifts and check out our Planning Tips for Successful Holiday Sewing to help keep your giving projects organized!

A quilt is a gift from the heart, one that gives tangible comfort to those in need. We encourage you to take a closer look at your community and even your own friends and family. Who needs a quilt? Leave a comment below and let us know how do you like to give back. What are your favorite charitable organizations?

Planning for Holiday Sewing Success

The holidays are filled with joy: decorating, baking, singing, and visiting with family and friends– it’s a time for celebration. But we all know that many times the season can also end up very overwhelming, especially when it comes to holiday gift-giving. Sewing can sometimes become more of a chore than a fun hobby as we stress about getting all our project plans done in time. When we move from quilting for fun to quilting with a purpose, it becomes extremely helpful to create a plan in order to meet all of our holiday sewing project goals!

Check out our holiday project planning tips below and feel prepared for your best homemade gift giving yet!

  1. Make a list of all the family and friends you plan to make something for. 
    • Here are some things to think about outside of your regular gift-giving list: Do you have a gift exchange at your quilt guild or at work? Do you sew for holiday charity events? Were you asked to make gifts for Community Bazaars, craft fairs, or fundraisers?
    • Once you know who you’re making for, choose a project for each person. Use our Quilts for Gifting or our Easy Gift guides for inspiration.

  2. Create a plan for gift giving.
    1. Take inventory. Look around your sewing room just like you would look into your pantry before creating your grocery list. Do you have all the supplies you’ll need to get started? Double check things that need stocked: thread, needles, rotary blades, etc.
    2. Once you know what you have, make a list of the supplies still you’ll need to get and start shopping! (To add something extra special, explore our Finishing Touches and Trims & Embellishments!)
    3. While you’re waiting on your supplies, work out a schedule to help you follow through with all your sewing plans. Choose a day or two of the week to dedicate to working on these projects. Use our August Quilt Planner to help you plan it all out. (We’ll have a new one ready for you each month!)
    4. Pro-tip: Begin with bigger quilt projects first to give yourself plenty of time to get them done! Also, if you’re planning on making gifts for your friends who also sew, start on their projects last. That way if you find yourself running out of time, you can always give them notions, fabric, or Missouri Star gift cards! (Psst! We’ll have a Quilter’s Gift Guide in October for you to explore so be sure to check back in!)

  3. Next, make a YOU list. This will be all the other holiday projects you wish to complete outside of making for others, like all of the holiday decor projects you wish to complete for your home.
    • Think about what you need (or want!): Do you need something new to hang from your door this year? Have you added new furniture to your home that may need a runner or stocking to be hung from? Will you need a tree skirt?
    • Then, take our holiday style quiz to help you get started on choosing your fabrics and patterns!
    • Pro-tip: Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to complete all these projects by this Christmas. There’s always next year to decorate too!

  4. Create a plan for your own holiday projects. 
    • Before shopping for some fresh sewing supplies – take a look at your stash. Do you have projects you started last year that you never finished? Do you have holiday patterns or fabrics on hand that you haven’t used yet? See if you can utilize any of your inventory for the holidays to come. Then create a list of the things you still need and start shopping!
    • Plan these projects around your gifting projects. For example: After you spend an hour working on a gift, take 30 minutes to “reward” yourself on your own holiday home pieces.
    • Tip: Where we start big with gift projects, start small on things for yourself! Giving handmade is a lot of work – so, the things you create for yourself should be a fun break! Avoid projects that could be overwhelming and definitely don’t stress about perfection.

  5. Lastly, stay inspired!
    • Clean and organize your sewing space! 
      • It sounds like a chore at first, but when it comes time to create next, you’ll feel prepared and motivated!
      • Explore our organizational tools for storage ideas!
    • Create a playlist.
      • Use a music app to create a playlist of your favorite songs to listen to while you sew. See if you can match the ‘mood’ of a project to the ‘mood’ of a favorite song. This will help motivate you as you go! (Pst, Jenny’s playlist is filled with musical soundtracks like Fiddler on the Roof, Wicked, and The Greatest Showman! She also likes John Denver, James Taylor, and Jack Johnson. Let her know what you’re listening to in the comments below!)
    • Over the coming months, check into our holiday page for fresh ideas and inspiration.
    • Pro-tip: Just Breathe!
      • Holiday sewing can mean a lot of time spent slouching over our sewing machines which can make our muscles feel tight and scrunched up. Breathing can make all the difference! Luckily, Jenny and Kelly Sheets put together this mini tutorial on how to breathe better and improve our health in order to expand our creativity!

Do you have your own helpful tips on planning for holiday sewing projects? Let us know in the comments and don’t forget to tell us what’s on your playlist! 🙂

Give Love | Gift Gorgeous Quilts

You know the saying, “One who sleeps under a quilt is comforted by love?” When you give a quilt, you aren’t just giving a quilt. You’re giving love, inspiration, wonder, joy, peace, comfort, and so much more. Fueled by love, we are inspired to create for those we hold dear and a handmade quilt is a perfect representation of that love. This year, give handmade for the holidays.

Give Love || T-Shirt Quilt

Give love during the holidays with a T-Shirt Quilt. Make a graduate a quilt filled with sports memorabilia, create a treasure using grand-dads button ups, make a friend something special filled with memories. Grab this template set to make it easy and if you’re needing some extra help, no worries – Natalie will walk you through it in her Tackling T-Shirt Quilts class! Whatever you make, make it with love. (You can also find this pattern in BLOCK Magazine 2019 Volume 6 Issue 2!)

Give Joy || 2 for 1 Project Panel

Spread joy with a big display of someone’s favorite things. Choose from hundreds of favorite themes such as nature, sports, animals, holidays, flowers, and more. Create a playful wall hanging or mini quilt for a favorite person in your life!

Give Inspiration || Finish Line

Show someone the way with appliqué. The Finish Line Quilt has gorgeous, cascading “leaves” representing imagination and free thinking. Gift this quilt to someone you know who may need an ounce of inspiration. (Find this pattern in BLOCK Magazine 2019 Volume 6 Issue 1.)

Give Wonder || Castle Wall

Built brick by brick, a finished “castle” is there in the end to protect from chills. Choose a mystical panel filled with woodland creatures or cozy critters to live inside the castle walls! Watch your loved ones wonder in awe at this super cute and oh sew fun gift!

Give Friendship || Friendship Pinwheel Pattern

Pinwheels are just fun and who are the people we grow up in life having fun with? Our friends. That’s why the Friendship Pinwheel Pattern is the perfect gift for a close friend this year. Give friendship and share smiles!

Give Creativity || Star in a Hexagon 1 ¾” Quilt

Feeling creative? Use that energy to give for the holidays. The Star in a Hexagon Quilt is a fun quilt-as-you-go project sure to fuel that creative spark. You’ll be making jewels, diamonds, and hexagons in a variety of colors that would make the recipient of this gift very happy!

Give Handmade || Stars & Stitches

Remember going through grandma’s old wooden trunk to find old, fraying quilts that were filled with dark colors and bright, wonky stitches?! The true homemade quilt, we all aspired to create one day. The Stars and Stitches quilt doesn’t compare to grandma’s, but it makes a beautiful handmade gift!

Give Comfort || Lattice Quilt

There are specific patterns and colors that are traditional in quilting and sometimes traditional is just more comforting. The Lattice Quilt is a plain and simple pattern with traditional diamonds and quick and easy rows. Create comfort for someone you love.

Give Peace || Morning Star

Imagine someone you love wrapped in a big, cozy quilt in a big, cozy chair, the sun peeking at them through the window, hot cocoa warming their hands, and they breathe in and out with the feeling of peace. The Morning Star quilt is a great gift to help your loved one create that peaceful morning! (You can also find this pattern in ModBLOCK Magazine 2019 Volume 5!)

When we make with our hands, we give of our hearts. Explore what it means to Give Love with Missouri Star and discover all you need to feel inspired this holiday season!


Watch this Quilts for Giving playlist for more fun ideas!


How are you sharing love, joy, and kindness this season? Share ideas with us in the comments!