To encourage and facilitate individuals, groups and schools to make patchwork quilts for charity. A Gift of Quilts is run by volunteers and is a non-commercial and non-profit making organisation.
Due to the success of the project in giving quilts to each country attending the 2012 Games in London and also the Special Olympics we have been asked what next? The project had been asked where people could send quilts that they had made, so this seemed to be the most logical way forward with A Gift of Quilts. Both Jenny and Sharon have always encouraged people of any skills and ability or any ages to make quilts and a number then asked where they could donate them. On the following pages you will see details of many organsiations, charities, groups and personal charity fund raisers who are seeking donations of quilts and in some cases other textile items to help with their fund raising or to give to an organisation e.g. neo-natal units.
This is a new feature for us in which we are going to spotlight some of the charities who are currently making or asking for quilts to be made.
To start off we have found RUTLAND SEWING. This firm of sewing suppliers has a shop conveniently sited at the Rutland Village Site in Rutland Gareden Centre. Their current charity project is sewing quilts for premature babies.
Our new charity focus is making mini quilts for premature babies. Either pick one of our ready-made packs which have all the material and wadding you will need and full instructions for £5, or use materials from your own stash to create your own unique quilt.
This is a picture of one of the little quilts from Rutland Sewing's web site. If you would like to make one, or more, for your local NICU (Neo-natal intensive care unit) contact them at the link above.
St Mary's Convent is our adopted charity. In the past they have supported us with quilts for the Olympics and for hospitality whilst we worked at Olympia displaying and showing all the quilts made for 2012 to about 30,000 visitors.
In turn A Gift of Quilts has been very pleased to be able to help with an exhibition of quilting held in the convent to aid their fund-raising efforts to add single-living bungalows to be built in their grounds. From time to time a new quilt finds its way to the convent; the latest ones were given to Sister Jennifer, the Mother Superior, on our last visit in August.We have also been able to provide cushions for the comfort of the residents and as a result of our fund raising activities at the NEC this year are able to give a generous donation towards the cost of a Rollz Motion Rollator.
St Mary's is also a Convent of The Society of St Margaret, an anglican order of Sisters, called to glorify God and proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ through worship and work, prayer and common life.
The Anglican Sisters of Saint Margaret have run St Mary's for over 100 years. It is a haven of peace at the junction of two of the busiest commuter roads in West London. St Mary’s provides the homely environment of an extended Christian family and high quality care.
St Mary’s Nursing Home is run by the
sisters in a way that makes people feel at home. They have their our own
minibus for outings and there are regular weekly activities including arts and
crafts, board games, indoor bowls, reading groups, music and movement and
sherry parties and themed holiday weeks are held. Regular fund-raising
events take place, including the annual Christmas Fayre. They are currently
fund-raising for 2 new bedrooms to be added and a combined walking aid and
The convent garden is a haven of tranquillity.
This style of quilt is a really good idea to use up the pieces of fabric that you may have left over from other projects.
You will need: A sewing machine
10” squares of fabric for the top *
10” squares of wadding10” squares of backing fabric Rotary cutter, ruler and cutting board Thread to match
Usual sewing kit, i.e. scissors, pins etc. * The number of 10” squares is determined by how big you want your quilt.
1. Make a sandwich of one top, one wadding and one backing square and then stitch on the diagonal from corner to corner, forming an X (your square is now quilted!) 2. Continue in this way until all the squares are assembled. 3. Now lay them out and decide on a pleasing placement and take a photo of the design you really like.
4. I prefer at this point to label my squares with a row and placement number i.e. A1,A2, B1, B2 etc. 5. Pick up the first two squares (A1 and A2) and pin them wrong sides together so that you see the seams with wadding on the top. Stitch together with a 1 inch seam. Continue in the same way with the rest of that row. 6. At this point take a pair of sharp pointed scissors and cut into the raised seam at about 3/4” intervals all along the seam without cutting into the stitching and do this on each seam of the row.
7. Make up all the rows in the same way remembering to cut into the seam at this stage. 8. Begin joining the rows together matching the seams of the backing fabric so that the back looks nice too. Cut into this long seam as you did for the squares, it is much easier to do it at this stage than when the whole quilt is completed. 9. When you have assembled all your rows and cut into the seam allowances stitch around the whole quilt and cut into the edge. By doing this cutting when you go to the next stage of washing the quilt the seams will fluff up and make a really nice effect. 10. When washing your quilt I recommend that you just put it in the washing machine on the shortest programme you have and use cold water; no detergent or conditioner. I dried mine on the line but you could also tumble dry. Please also remember to check your filter as the bits can clog it up. And I speak from experience! Sharon
A Gift of Quilts can put you in touch with groups or individuals who would be willing to help you. Or there are very many web sites who offer how to make a quilt including different techniques, finishing methods and quilting.
In a recent edition of the Radio Times there was a plea for knitted items for premature babies, children and adults to be made an donated to the people of Syria who are suffering so much. Winter is coming on and many of these people will be living in tents and makeshift housing. Winters in Syria are very cold. Tiny babies, many premature, and the elderly may not survive the cold weather. Please look at our Who Wants What second page for details.
Do you know of an organisation who needs help? Do send us the details so that they can be posted on this web site.
A Gift of Quilts is pleased to have the continuing support of Coats Crafts UK who have been very generous with supplying fabrics for numerous projects.
During 2015 A Gift of Quilts is supporting the work of the National Needlework Archives at Newbury by sponsoring advertising for their events and exhibitions.