Tuesday, February 23, 2010

What if you don't have a baby coming?

If you're like me, most of the people in your life are past the baby-making stage. So who do you make a baby quilt for? (Guess you could pretend they're babies until they're five, right? Just don't tell them!)

I have tons of patterns and ideas I want to try out, but not in big sizes. And no small-sized people to make them for. Just discovered Quilts for Kids today, and that might be the answer.

They started as a way to use up discards from fabric manufacturers (before they all moved overseas) to make, well, quilts for kids. Mostly in hospitals, but also to meet other needs. (They have quilts going to an orphanage in Haiti right now, for example.)

You can help in a lot of ways. Unlike some other groups, they'll send you a kit with fabric to use to make your quilt; you just supply the batting. I just requested one and plan to do a second one to include in the package I ship back.

Check the site for a local chapter; you might want to work directly with them to create and donate.

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