We’ve been working on building out the Kansas City chapter of Quilts for Kids (a charity sponsored in part by Downy’s Touch of Comfort campaign)for a while now and are excited to host our first event. Now if you’re not from Kansas City, don’t fret, you can either mail in the quilt tops and we’ll quilt and bind them when we have our big day, or you can find a local chapter of your own to work with. Either way, what a great cause to be involved in. Quilts For Kids is an organization that’s mantra is “Volunteer quilters saving unwanted fabrics from landfislls and transforming them into patchwork quilts that comfort children in need.” Children’s Hospitals all over the US are benefited by this organization. One story (of many stories) I thought was appropriate was shared by a mother of a child in a Children’s Hospital – (hope we’re allowed to share this 🙂
Thank you so much!! I can’t put into words how much Gillian and I both were touched by your gift! I show everyone who has
visited us the quilt and they all think it is beautiful – and a wonderful thing to do. I think Gillian would like to try and hand out quilts when she is better. That would be fun.
I LOVE the idea that we can use some our stash, or maybe one of the great Quilter’s Daily Deal’s, or wherever our fabric comes from, to put a real quilt on the bed of a child instead of a generic hospital blanket. These kids have to go through so much, it will be nice to give them something that is a bit more personal.
So let’s do it! We’ve planned a Sew-A-Thon
Saturday, October 24th from 1pm to 5pm
So here’s the skinny, get started now, don’t wait till the 24th to start thinking about it. You have a full month to work on this so let’s see what we can do. We don’t need a ton from everyone, we just need one from everyone. We’ll do this throughout the year, so pace yourself, but lets get this started with a bang.
When you bring in the quilts to be machined we have a special label you can sign and attach to your backing. Just ask us! If you have any questions, email Misty at firstname.lastname@example.org and if you’re mailing them in from out of town, or need to know where we are to join us, the mailing (and driving) address is –Missouri Star Quilt Co
100 N. Ardinger
Hamilton, MO 64644
If you’re mailing it in, be sure to put on the package somewhere that it is a Quilts For Kids donation so we can get it handled appropriately and include a check for the $10 machine quilting and batting fee. And now….
The Quilts –
SIZE: They specify 36” Square NICU quilts or approximately 38” x 45” crib/lap quilts, but anywhere from 25″ x 25″ up to 55″ x 60″ will work. (Think preemie baby to teenager)
FABRICS: 100% cotton (regular or flannel). Please do not use polar fleece. The kids love brightly colored, kid friendly fabrics. Remember, some of these kids are going through chemo, so please try to color coordinate your quilts.
BATTING: 1/8” – 1/4” LOW LOFT batting – can be polyester, cotton or a blend as long as it is a low loft batting. (Or just bring it to the shop, we are discounting the Machine Quilting and batting to only $10 per quilt)
ASSEMBLING THE QUILT: All quilts must be machine pieced and machine quilted (please do not use mono-filament thread). The quilts require a good amount of machine quilting since they go through a washer and dryer cycle daily. Don’t forget to quilt in the borders!
PATTERN: Use any pattern you want, be creative, try something new, have fun with it!
PLEASE DO NOT HAND TIE THE QUILTS. Hand tied quilts can be a potential choking hazard and do not hold up to the daily washings they go through.
PLEASE CHECK FOR PINS! WASH AND DRY ALL QUILTS BEFORE SENDING TO US.
A tax donation form can be sent to you if you would like one.
So what do you say? Can you spare a Thursday evening or two? All quilts will be donated to the Kansas City Children’s Mercy Hospital.