Downy Touch Of Comfort – Quilts for Kids (& making a FOUR-PATCH QUILT)

 

I was recently introduced to a really fantastic program.  One that gathers and delivers vivid and beautiful handmade quilts to children in hospitals all over the country.  I never realized this but children in hospitals often times are not allowed to bring personal items of comfort from home to stay with them.  For this reason, the “Downy Touch of Comfort” campaign was born. They have partnered up with “Quilts for Kids” and have organized a way for children’s quilts (within certain specifications) to be gathered and donated to children who have been admitted to hospitals all over the U.S. 

 

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And if you think about it, that little quilt must bring a whole lot of cheer to a little one who carries serious illness or trauma in their young bodies.  Especially if they have been there a long time and only have boring walls and plain white bed sheets to look at.  Aww, I was sold.  I can sew.  I could whip up a quilt or two (or maybe more?).  I knew this program was right up my alley.

 

 

And then I thought, hmmm, maybe some of you might be interested in this program too.  And may want to use that quilting talent (or take a bit of time to learn how) and create a little something for a child right along with me.  Anyone in?  (And if you’re not from the U.S., you are more then welcome to donate but perhaps there is a similar program you could donate to in your own country.  It’s worth looking into, right?)

 

 

You don’t even have to purchase the fabric………or even cut it!  You can request a quilt kit here, which is just what I received in the mail recently. 

 

 

However, if you’d rather use your own fabric, that is fantastic.  They just ask that it is bright, cheery, and perfect for young children.  Also, the quilt must be approximately 38″- 40″ x 45″- 46″ in size and must be machine quilted.  Don’t worry, you can machine quilt straight lines right on your regular ‘ol machine.  And because these quilts are small, you can fit a quilt this size under your sewing machine needle. 

 

 

The quilt kits that are sent out, come with the fabric necessary to create a Four-Patch Quilt (that’s just the name of the pattern design).  However, there are many more quilt patterns with instructions that are all suitable for this “Downy Touch of Comfort – Quilts for Kids” program, found here.

 

**Just as an FYI, if you’re using your own fabric, be sure to follow the guidelines listed on the Quilts for Kids site here.  Quilts in hospitals can’t be rag quilts or be yarn tied because extra edges can snag on IVs or even create extra lint which can be harmful to medical equipment. 

 

 

Are you feeling nervous about putting a whole quilt together?  Especially one that is pieced together?  Let me show you that it’s not so hard.  It’s just a bunch of straight lines.  I promise, you’ll love sewing each piece together, knowing that it will surely brighten up a little one’s bleak day.

 

 

UPDATE:  This tutorial only shows how to create the quilt top.  If you’d like to see how to “quilt” the layers together and then how to bind the edges, go here.  I finished off the quilt (a few weeks later) and it’s now available if you need a visual.

 

 

If you request a kit, this is what you’ll receive.  All nicely cut out for you.  (Cutting is the worst part for me.  So I love that the kit is all ready to go.)

 

 

If you want to make a Four-Patch Quilt from your stash, go here to find written instructions and how much fabric you’ll need to cut your own pieces.

 

 

And in case a visual is easier for you than written instructions…………here’s how to put it all together.  (Everything is sewn with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.)

 

Start by sewing one Fabric A strip together with a Fabric B strip, along one long side, with right sides together.

 

Then open it up and iron the seam to one side on the back.  (I ironed it over to the blue side.)  Then sew the other two Fabric A & B strips together and iron the seam in the back over to the same side as you did the first one.  (You do this so that in a future step, the seam allowances lay opposite each other.  It just helps eliminate some bulk.)

 

Next, cut each A & B strip that you sewed together, into 3.5 inch sections.

 

Then grab 2 of these little 3.5 inch sections and flip one around, to create a checkerboard look.  Sew them together with right sides together.

 

Then fold the seam over on the back, and iron it flat.

 

Repeat, until you have sewn together all 15 squares.

 

Then place them all down, alternating them with the plain fabric 6.5 inch squares, and lining them up just how you want your quilt to look.

 

But be sure that you don’t have one of the Four-Patch squares turned the wrong way.  You should be able to see continuous diagonal lines going through your quilt.  (The little red squares and the little blue squares create diagonal lines.  See it?)

 

Next, being careful to keep each square in order, take the entire top row and sew all the squares together, with right sides together.  Continue until all 6 rows are sewn together.  Iron flat.

 

Then iron the down the seam allowances on the back of each strip, all facing to the right on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th rows.  Then iron the seam allowances to the left on the 2nd, 4th, and 6th rows.  That way, when you iron each row together, the seam allowances are facing different directions and will nest right up next to each other and won’t be so bulky when trying to sew.  Now, sew each row together.

 

Next, attach the narrow border strips to the sides of the quilt, then add the top border strips.  Iron flat.

 

Do the same with the wider border strips, sewing the sides first and then the top.  Iron flat.

 

Now the quilt top is done.  And is ready to be matched up with the backing fabric and batting.  And then quilted and bound.

 

 

 

Which I still need to do.  And I will. 

 

And then I’ll sign the quilt and send it off (address found here) so that some little deserving boy/girl, who may not be having the best day in the hospital, will receive a little something to cheer them up. 

 

Definitely worth all the effort.

 

 

If you’re unsure how to finish up your quilt, go here to see how to add your batting layer and bind the quilt.  That tutorial shows how to machine quilt with a meandering seam but if your machine can’t do that, just create diagonal lines that go through every block.  A visual diagram can be seen in the written pattern here.

 

 

UPDATE:  If you’d like to see how to “quilt” the layers together and then how to bind the edges, go here.  I finished off the quilt (a few weeks later) and it’s now available if you need a visual.

 

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101 Responses to “Downy Touch Of Comfort – Quilts for Kids (& making a FOUR-PATCH QUILT)”
  1. 1
    Allison A says:

    What a beautiful project. Thanks for sharing!!

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    a friend says:

    You forgot the step of sewing the six strips together to make the whole face before you added the borders. I don’t want to nit-pick, but I’d hate for someone to follow your directions and get confused.

    This is a great project, and seems really easy!

    • 2.1
      Ashley says:

      Oooh, thank you. I forgot the picture to go with it too. I’ve added it in and added the directions. Thanks for pointing that out!

      Ashley

      • 2.1.1
        Anonymous says:

        i was slightly confused too, at the time but now you added it, but thats not why i commented, i just wanted to say it was a brilliant idea, and i think it deserves the time. you’re right even though i may not be a child, i still wouldnt like to be in white sheets all the time, especially if life is sad as it is.

  3. 3
    Liz says:

    It’s so true that these are a comfort. When my then 15 month old was walking around, she tripped, and her head went into a corner of a wall, and she fractured her skull. Through the scary hospital and treatments and such, they gave her a blanket, and it meant so much to her (and me as a mom). We still use that blanket here at home, and all the kids love it! The kids get to take them home when their hospital visit is over! Thanks for getting the word out. You never know if it will be your kid who gets the next “blankie/hug” in the hospital.

  4. 4

    When my terminally ill son was in the hospital at Christmas time, he received two of these beautiful quilts. It is such a wonderful program and I thank you for participating! He gets so many compliments on his quilts when he has them draped over him in his wheelchair. Thank you for sharing this!
    Julia

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    Ivonne says:

    I will definetly use my talent to make a couple of this!!

  6. 6
    Olivia says:

    I’m so excited to do this! I’m a teacher and I’m almost out for the summer so this will be perfect timing too! I can’t wait to bless a sweet little child with a quilt. Thanks for sharing! I will be sharing too!

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    Tricia says:

    This is a WONDERFUL suggestion!!! My Optomist Club friends and I do a similiar program for a local children’s cancer hospital…only they allow us to do fleece tie blankets. But I will certainly check this out and order one…or two…of their kits :-)
    and secretly…..I want to know how you can have white carpet with 3 children???

  8. 8

    WOOHOO! I saw that Downy was doing this and I just graduated so I have lots of time on my hands but was scared to death at the thought of ruining it/not getting it back to them on time/etc….I’ve never done a quilt before but your tutorial makes it look so doable. THANK YOU! I’m totally ordering one right now :)

  9. 9
    Tami says:

    This is such an incredible program! My beautiful nieces, Emma and Lily, were born at 25 weeks. During their 63 day stay in the NICU, they had the bittersweet pleasure of each receiving a beautiful quilt, made special by someone like you..

    Once I get the time to sew again (darn school!), this will be something that’s at the top of my list!

  10. 10
    Michele N says:

    I would be scared to do this. I’ve tried quilting once, but my fabric choice sabotaged me from the get go and has scarred me. The binding was so difficult for me also, that I didn’t have time to actually quilt them. I have looked at your binding tutorial and now think maybe I can do this. I wonder if my daughter & I could do this as a summer project together. I’ll have to seriously think this over.

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    Pamela Gammill says:

    This is a lovely project and one I will share with my friends who sew. I too, am a teacher, so it will be a fun project for summer break. I had to smile when you circled the one block turned the wrong way. The Amish purposely make a mistake in every quilt they make because only God is perfect. :)

  12. 12
    Purpledream says:

    It is really a good idea on how to cheer up the sick kids. Thanks for the link and let us know about this wonderful project.

  13. 13
    Anna says:

    What a fantastic idea! I started reading the thank you letters and now I’m tearing up at work. I’ve requested a kit and I’ll be going through my fabric at home to see how many I can whip up. Thanks for the great find!

  14. 14
    Tiffany says:

    This is such a great program and I’m totally inspired! I’ve already downloaded the instructions and pattern and am ordering my own fabric now. Their website says they’re in need of quilts for teenage boys, so that’s the theme I’m going to look for. Thanks for bringing this to my attention. I’ve only ever made a rag quilt, which isn’t an option so this will be an adventure!

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    Catherine says:

    Thanks for sharing! I just sent a request for a kit, and am going to raid my stash later and see how many others I can make. :)

  16. 16
    Amber Price says:

    Thank you SO much for sharing this! I love sewing and I am always looking for things I can do to make a difference in the world so this is perfect!!!! Yay!

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    Amy L says:

    I just ordered my kit! My son was born premature and spent some time in NICU. He received a crocheted blanket and beanie made by a local group of women that donate to the hospital. I’ve been working on some crocheted blankets to do the same, as it really meant a lot to us. These quilts will be great! I spend a lot more time in front of the sewing machine so I know I can get it done. Thanks for sharing!

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    Meghan D says:

    Just ordered my kit, can’t wait for it to get here! I work at a local hospital in the Labor & Delivery department and know that something like this would be incredible for those Mommy’s and Daddy’s who have little ones in the NICU and for the older kiddos up on the Pedi floor. This will be my first quilt but I can’t wait to get started and see how it comes out!!!

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    Brooke says:

    I am so thankful that you shared this. I love to quilt and I can’t wait to get my kits in the mail!

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    Breea Heiner says:

    Thanks for making others aware of this. I had a nephew who battled lukemia for 2 1/2 years, now cancer free for 6, and the quilt that he got in the hospital is still his favorite. My mom recently had to patch it up because it holds so many memories for him and I wish we could thank the person who made it for him in the first place.

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    Phyllis says:

    I requested my kit once I read it on your blog. Prior to that I’d never heard of it! Thank you for sharing. I should be getting my kit in the mail soon and with your tutorial I don’t feel so intimidated.

  22. 22
    Sabrina says:

    Does anyone know how much batting and shipping costs? Not that I’m not willing to spend the money for these precious children, I just need to make sure I have the money set aside so that I can get it back on time. Thank you!

    • 22.1
      Kim says:

      Call your local Jo Ann’s or other sewing supply store, or online visit Fabric.com (free shipping on orders over $35) or HobbyLobby.com (40% off coupon on 1 item).

      • 22.1.1
        Brenda says:

        Check ebay also for the batting, when I do the quilts I buy a 5yard or 10 yard bag for $35.00 or $65.00 dollars I get about 54 quilts from the 90 5 yard batting or 9 from the 10 yard when I can find them.

  23. 23
    Amy Plastow says:

    I’m excited to do this as well! I’ve been looking for a company to donate quilts to, and this definitely fits the bill. I also love that they’ll mail you the material for one. Makes it so much easier!

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    Susan says:

    I will definitely have to sign up. My daughter was in the NICU for 3 weeks when she was born. We were fortunate that they allowed us to bring a quilt to place over the isolette. Looking back it would have been dreary without that cheerful quilt.

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    Tammy says:

    Thank you for brining attention to this program. I heard about it a year ago when my son was hospitalized. We were flown by air ambulance from Oklahoma City to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital for emergency surgery. He spent more than a week in the ICU, most of which was on a ventilator. They use quilts instead of the blue paper pads on their beds so each ICU patient gets to lay on a lovely, soft quilt. Every bed change (and there were many) he was given a new quilt to lay on. He didn’t get to keep the quilts but it was so nice to see him on something other than a sterile blue pad especially when he was hooked up to so much equipment. I’ve been working on quilts to send because I feel it’s important to give back.

    As a mother whose son has had way too many hospital stays, I can tell you these gifts mean more to a child and his/her family than can be expressed.

  26. 26
    Barbara says:

    I’ve made four of these quilts. Really like the program.

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    Amy says:

    i have never quilted before, so this might be a dumb question..how do i do the quilting (when all 3 layers are placed together) on a standard machine? i only have about 5 or 6 inches between the main part of the machine and the needle side of the machine, how does the quilt fit when i need to do the middle?

    • 27.1
      Shanon says:

      squish it! This quilt is so small it won’t be problem. King quilts can actually be quilted on domestic machines.

    • 27.2
      alina says:

      you roll the side of the quilt and lay it between the needle and the wall of the machine. as you quilt from right to left, the quilt keeps rolling up. it works great

  28. 28
    Kati says:

    Wow! This makes it look easy……I’ve never made a quilt (except a tshirt quilt for my hubby) but I think I might give this a try.

  29. 29
    Shanon says:

    Love your tutorial! I have made several of these in the last few years. They are so quick and fun to make, knowing it will make a kiddo feel loved doesn’t hurt either.

  30. 30
    Kira says:

    I just finished mine up! Needs to go in the mail tomorrow. Love that is takes no time at all, 3 hours maybe and it brings so much joy to someone. I might request a few more and have my nine year old help, what a good lesson to learn in such a fun project!

    • 30.1
      Tricia says:

      My niece is always asking me to teach her how to sew; she is also nine. This may be a great project – straight lines – for her to learn a little bit. And what a great way for her to learn about other people and how lucky she really is :)

  31. 31
    Anna says:

    When my sister was 13 she had emergency open heart surgery and she received a quilt during her hospital stay. Now, 13 years later, she still has that quilt and calls it her “special blanket.” It’s great for cuddling up with to watch a movie on a rainy evening. :)

    My son now has some medical issues and I’m sure that if he needs to spend much more time in the hospital and got a quilt, we would also value it as a very special blanket.

    Thanks for donating these, everyone! They really do make a difference for these kids!

  32. 32
    Beth says:

    What a perfect way to use up some of my stash! Thanks for the inspiration.
    Smiles~Beth

  33. 33
    Eva Scott says:

    Oh I just LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea! I’ve never made a quilt (on my to-do list this year for my daughter) BUT this looks so doable. Thanks for the wonderful instructions. I just may give it a try. What a great cause!

  34. 34
    rebecca says:

    I requested my kit once I read it on your blog. I had never heard of it! Thank you for sharing.

  35. 35
    Erin says:

    I just requested my kit! Thanks for sharing about this program.

  36. 36
    fitri says:

    dear ashley, i’m just beginner in quilting project. Can i still participate in this program ?

    thank you

  37. 37
    Ashley says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this! I requested my kit and I look forward to making a quilt for a difference.

  38. 38
    alina says:

    this has inspired me to make quite a few. by the way im 14 and i love doing stuff like this.

  39. 39
    Kathryn says:

    Thank you so much for not only sharing this wonderful idea, but making it easy for us to follow along and help ourselves. I love your blog and wanted to let you know that you make a difference to so many people!

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    Andrea C says:

    I’ve made a few of these now! It’s a great program! I have made two of the kits, and then two with my own fabric! :) It is a great excuse to try a new pattern if your using your own fabric!!

  41. 41
    Jenni Renee says:

    OMG! I love this! I come from a crafty family but I have a bunch that are quilters. I will have to spread the word on this one and put one together and send it in! Thanks so much for sharing!

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    Anna says:

    I just saw a blip about this on Rachel Ray the other day. I think its awesome that they have prepared kits. It helps those of us that get distracted easily. (or overwhelmed at choosing the patterns/ fabric)

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    Brandi says:

    As a Mom of a child with several severe Heart Defects, I cannot tell you how wonderful this is. My daughter is one and has had 2 heart surgeries and 2 heart caths. We have more on the way. We also received quilts (not sure if it was from this program) during our stays. I have them still and will always treasure them. I am sure when she is older, they will also cheer her up. As the mommy, both times our quilts were laid out below her on her bed while I stepped out of ICU. My nurses would use the quilt and make signs, etc. I cannot describe what it is like to see your baby in critical condition. To walk back in to ICU with her on a pretty bed somehow makes it a bit easier.

    Thank you for doing this. It is a very worthwhile cause.

    As a side note, there is also a group at our hospital that makes scrapbooks for all of the newborns in NICU and CVICU. Madison was in CVICU for 5 weeks, so we have a lot of them :) I am sure a lot of people who read this blog also have those skills. You should check with your local children’s hospital. Those mini scrapbooks are priceless to me.

  44. 44
    Judy says:

    Love this…My son was in the ICU for two months, far from home, at age ten. The nurses dug through the quilt pile to find one with astronauts, one that a ten year old boy would love (at 17 he still does). Since then we have made dozens of quilts for our hospital, delivering them when he has follow-up appointments. I always try to find fabric that would appeal to an older boy, knowing that often, when we think of Children’s Hospitals we think of babies.

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    Lee Ann says:

    When my daughter was one month old she had surgery and we were in the hospital with her for one week. During that time we received a hand made quilt from a volunteer walking through with a wagon full of them. It made me happier to receive the quilt, It’s not just for the kids but for their parents as well. I’m planning on making some in the future. Thanks for sharing!!!

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    Sabrina says:

    I just sent in my request for a kit. I was needing an inspiration for a project and this was it! My daughter was in the NICU for 2 months after birth due to being born 11 weeks early. We got a little blanket at discharge and she still has it to this day; she is 4 years old now.

  47. 47
    Caitlin says:

    Thanks so much for posting about this. I sew, but have never quilted. It’s something that I want to learn to do. I just requested a kit, I figure this a great reason to get started.

  48. 48
    Amanda says:

    Thank you so much for sharing. I found your blog on pinterest… So glad I did. I hope and can’t wait to receive the quilt fabric in the mail and get started on making them for the charity. What an awesome cause! Thank you for the pattern as well. Love it!

  49. 49
    Anonymous says:

    this is an amazing idea, i am so glad i came to this blog, it has everything i need to keep busy at times when i just cant think of anything to do!

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    Carrie Davis says:

    Thanks so much for the shout out for Quilts for Kids. I am the Long Island Chapter Coordinator and would be happy to help out anyone on Long Island that is interested. I can be reached at [email protected] We have local Sit and Sew sessions where we provide kits and camaraderie. We donate to local childrens hospitals and also to Hospice Programs that have children on their program. Words cannot fully express what these quilts mean to the families and children who receive them and the comfort and caring they feel from our efforts.

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    Kim says:

    Thank you so much for posting about this! I also have a daughet (and a son, actually) who spent time in the NICU. 1 week for my son, 5 weeks for my daughter (who has Down Syndrome and was born at 35 weeks, weighing only 3 lbs 11 oz). We didn’t receive a quilt, but we did receive a flannel blanket that had crocheting around the edges, and many other nice things while we were in the NICU. It really does make things easier for a parent, knowing there are people thinking of you & people who care. I will definitely be making a bunch of these blankets!

  52. 52
    Ila Geving says:

    Awesome tutorial, and thanks so much for helping to spread the word about Quilts For Kids. I am the director of the Lincoln, NE. chapter of Quilts For Kids. If you live in Nebraska and would like to see your quilts that you make for the Quilts For Kids program donated locally, contact Ila at lincolnnequiltsforkids@gmail.c[email protected] and we can send you out a quilt kit! Thank you Moms for telling your stories, they are so inspiring to all the volunteers that make quilts for hospitalized children, and I know personally how those quilts also touch the lives of those making them as well.

  53. 53
    Michelle Hoffman says:

    This is a great tutorial!! I just requested 2 kits. I also started on a receiving blanket sized quilt for a infant (I’m calling it the sun, blue skies and daisies). I also have a couple of others planned for boys (construction machines and bright colors). My son was in the NICU for a week, born 5 weeks early. I remember seeing quilts on several isolettes and beds for the other infants. We were fortunate, as my son was there for hydrocephaly and was healthy otherwise. Just seeing those quilts made me smile. I hope that I can brighten the days with the quilts I am making.

  54. 54
    Jennifer says:

    I want to do this! Thanks for telling us about it and for the tutorial for making this quilt. As I looked on the request website, it mentioned that they request you send in a quilt made from your own fabric in addition to the one you make from the kit. Did I read that right? Not that I mind doing two, but that is a bigger project to take on. Thanks!

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    alina says:

    will you post when you finish the quilt??? do you also add binding to the quilt or just sew all the way around except for like a foot and turn right side out and top stitch all the way around? please reply

  56. 56
    Jaimee says:

    Thanks for this. My daughter and I wanted a project this summer. This is just the one.

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    Jess says:

    I have never quilted before (I do sew though) and I am going to give it a try! Thanks for sharing this with us.

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    I would love to have a kit. I work seniors and we make quilts for wheelchair patients and pillows for cancer kids. My address is Maria Iadonisi
    105 Pearl st
    Garner, NC 27529

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    Rita says:

    i made 6 quilt for ronald mcdonald house and they was winnie the pool.. we stay there for 8 week went our son was sick really bad. 3 boys n 3 girls so they can give it to little baby that needed it the most.

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    Kelly M. says:

    Thanks for posting about this awesome program! I just got an email from Quilts for Kids letting me know the fabric is on its way! I am so looking forward to using your picture tutorial to work on this quilt. It makes me so happy knowing that I will be able to help put a smile on a child’s face when they receive a blanket!

  61. 61

    I saw this on pinterest and it inspired me to do it! I’ve never quilted before but I can sew and your tutorial is very helpful. Just wanted to thank you for introducing me to this, I am planning on making a bunch!

  62. 62
    KimD says:

    Thanks for sharing this program and your tutorial…I’ve never made a quilt before but I’m inspired to donate to Quilts for Kids and share this program with my friends. Can’t wait to get my kit!

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    Dana says:

    My boys have both been hospitalized. We haven’t received a quilt, but we have gotten pillowcases (another marvelous program that is great for those who are beginning sewers), and some handmade stuffed animals. It makes a HUGE difference to the child and to mommy. Knowing that my little guys were wrapped up in love made by someone who cared enough to take time out of their lives. Hospital stays are hard. And even if you are allowed your own things, it is often unplanned and your own items get left behind. We live so far away from the hospital that once we rush up to the ER we are there until we are released. When we are stuck in our room (for contagious reasons) it is really hard on the sick kiddos and the parents. The sick kiddos are restless, homesick, and bored. The parents are stressed, want a real shower, and exhausted. Little pieces of love (like these quilts) help make the stay just a little less miserable. So thank you! Thank you for making one up. Thank you for posting on it. Thank you for making the directions so easy to follow. And thank you to all of the readers who make one as well. May you be blessed for your kindness. :)

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    xevg says:

    Wow!! i’ll hope Downy will launch this lovable way to help the kids in my country

    I have never quilted before, but with your awesome tutorial there’s no way to do it wrong

    Thank you for sharing

  65. 65

    I should have check in with this blog long ago. Newbie senior and overwhelmed by internet. Love to quilt & sew small projects, as i donate to shelters etc. Im self teaching myself yaaaaah !!! No camera to post (sad). I want camera just to put on internet – suggestions???

  66. 66
    Sheyenne says:

    After reading your posts about this, I decided I could order a kit and do it, too! Only problem is, I received a different pattern- one that isn’t even on their website. I’m going to google around and see if I can find some picture tutorials for the scrappy block pattern I received. I just want it to be a great quilt for a deserving kiddo! Your quilting and binding tutorial is SO helpful, too! Thanks!

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    cassie says:

    I was wondering if you cut the selvage off before cutting the strips into 3 1/2×6 1/2?

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    Michelle says:

    What a great program! Last summer my baby was born 6 weeks early and ended up being in the NICU for a month. We received a donated quilt in the hospital and we loved it! He still sleeps with it and it’s very special for us. Thanks to all of you!

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    Amanda says:

    My son received a quilt when he broke his leg last year. It gave him courage and even after leaving the hospital he still uses it when he is scared or unsure, and always brought it to his check-up appointments. Thank you for sharing this wonderful program that gives so much joy to the little scared children.

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    lizzy says:

    I am so disappointed. I just went to request my kit and they have such a backlog that they said to check back in a few weeks. I just lost my job and am trying to sew again and thought this would be a wonderful way for me to quit feeling sorry for myself and give back to those babes who really need it. Maybe I will make one on my own anyway. Thanks for the great step by step tutorial, I learned so much just reading it! Keep up the good work.

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    Anonymous says:

    Unfortunately, the kits are no longer available from Downy. When I clicked on your link, I received the following message:

    Thank you for your interest in making a quilt for a child in need. We are unable to ship kits at this time because we have exhausted our shipping budget. Please continue to send us your stash quilts; the need is always there!

    At this time, any donations to help cover shipping costs are greatly appreciated.

    Thanks for your continued support.

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    Melanie Fleming says:

    I know it’s about 6 months after you posted this, but as I found it through Pinterest, I’m sure others will as well. I wanted to let you know they are no longer sending free kits due to budgetary changes, but you can still order one by mailing a check for $6. The info is from your link, so I won’t duplicate it.

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    Somebody says:

    This would be fun to make with my sewing club

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    Sandy says:

    You may want to update this webpage to reflect that the Quilts for Kids site no longer is able to send out kits at no charge. The kits now cost $6.00

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    Melany R says:

    What a wonderful program!

    My youngest just spent three long months in the hospital. She was given a beautiful homemade quilt from the Ronald McDonald house. The homemade quilt meannt a lot to us.

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    Aktion Club Advisor says:

    I am an advisor for a community service organization,sponsored by Kiwanis, that works with adults with disabilities. I am SO EXCITED that I just ordered my kits. My students have been sewing up a storm and have been wanting to do a project like this. I can’t wait!!! I am sure that my students will have a great time and that this will catch on throughout Kiwanis International. Watch out! You may need to stock up. :)

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    Casie says:

    Hi! I’m wanting to make a quilt with my own fabric, but the the strips for Fabric A & B and the strips for the inner & outer border don’t have the dimensions for the length. I also need the dimensions for the backing fabric. This will be my first quilt, so I want to make sure I get it right!

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    Mary Brown says:

    I have a Girl Scout troop of 9 twelve yr olds & think this would be an awesome service project for them. Could I get that many sent to my address to distribute?

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    MARIETTA GRASS says:

    HELLO
    MY NAME IS MARIETTA AND I HAVE BEEN MAKING SILLY CHILDRENS QUILTS FOR OUR LOCAL HOSPITAL ,CHILDRENS CANCER WARD FOR YEARS FROM SCRAPS, I TRY TO BUY WHEN CAN FIND DISNEY PILLOWCASES AND WORK AROUND THE CHARCTER.
    I WAS WONDERING IF YOU KNOW OF A FABRIC COMPANY THAT WOULD DONATE CHILDRENS FABRIC FOR THIS CAUSE,
    I COULD SEND YOU PICTURES OF MY QUILTS I HAVE MADE, MY DAUGHTER WORKS AT THE HOSPITAL AND SHE TAKES THEM IN FOR ME. ITS A HOBBY AND I LOVE DESIGNING AND MAKING THEM. BATTING IS GETTING SO EXPENSIVE,BUT GOD WILL PROVIDE.
    THANK YOU,
    MARIETTA

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