I believe in giving back to my community. And veterans are some of my favorite people. Fabric was donated to me for making quilts for some local veterans. Bring together 5 quilters on a Saturday and guess what? It is possible to make 10 snuggly quilts for our local vets because veterans deserve quilts too.
Making those lap quilts:
The first five quilt tops are 8″ blocks. We quickly ran out of red, white, and blue. There was still other fabrics which we cut and combined. These are lap quilts that are meant to be loved and used. The borders are 6″ wide. These are 5 blocks across and 6 rows long.
Two of the tops are 4″ squares with an alternating block between them. The border is 6″ wide.
One of the tops is crazy – made from the leftovers. Nothing is wasted.
And one is made prior to our workday from scraps that lady had on hand.
Some of the quilts are tied together with yarn, while others were quickly machine quilted in simple patterns.
All of them are self-bound with the backing pulled to the front and sewn down.
The approximate size of these lap quilts is 48″ x 60″. The backs are sheets or yardage. The batting is polyester. These quilts are made to be loved and used. They are comfy and cozy.
All 5 of us were thrilled to be able to make and give these because we believe veterans deserve quilts too. We donated these quilts to a local veteran organization that distributed them with help from the VA office.
There are so many places that can be helped by donated quilts: the Salvation Army, local veteran groups, a crisis pregnancy center, group homes, daycares, church nurseries, and the police. Not sure where to look?
Personally, my first stop would be my local library for community information. Or here are some other ideas for donating quilts on a national level.
Please do not be shy. You too, can improve your corner of the world.
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