A week ago, it hardly seemed like a real thing but now Hurricane Harvey has certainly left behind a hard dose of reality for many people.
My little corner of the world saw excessive amounts of rain but very little damage. Unfortunately the same cannot be said for countless other communities and neighborhoods. Many quilters are responding by sending both cash and quilts to comfort those who have lost their homes and belongings. APQS Austin is serving as a collection point for donated completed quilts.
What kinds of quilts are best for donations?
Washable, color-fast fabrics would be my first choice. These quilts are likely going to be owned by people who are not yet in their permanent residences – the quilts may be moved several times, be used on cots, air mattresses, or even on the floor. They must be able to withstand being washed in a machine and dried on high.
Bigger quilts are better than smaller ones. No one really has use for a wall hanging at a time like this. A lap quilt might be fine for a person in a wheelchair or a baby, but a larger quilt could be folded to suit that purpose and could also be used by an adult.
People need help RIGHT NOW – not a year from now. If you are a slow quilter, pick a quilt pattern that you can whip through in a short period of time. Like a jelly roll race or a patchwork of 5″ or 10″ squares. Speaking of squares and jelly rolls – consider using pre-cuts. I know that many quilters enjoy the process of selecting just the right fabric collection for their quilts, but that ritual also consumes time.
Gender and age neutral fabrics are also an important consideration. You want your quilt to appeal to the broadest range of recipients. You definitely don’t want someone to sleep under a quilt they hate and dispose of at the earliest opportunity!
A donated quilt is a piece of home for people who have lost everything they owned and a literal and figurative hug and cocoon for someone in need of comfort. Please consider donating one this month.
This week’s free pattern would be a good one to use in a donation quilt. While it looks complex, it should be something that you can put together in a weekend.