The giving season: charity quilt organizations (+ prizes)

Martingale's Share the Warmth Quilt Drive
The passion quilters have for their craft is contagious—and why wouldn’t it be? Quilting is often a shared affair. Guilds, groups, get-togethers, swaps, round-robins, quilt-alongs, and more provide a place for us to show and tell—not to mention those trips to the local quilt shop, where quilters love to congregate too!

They say there’s strength in numbers. And whenever quilters gather together, there’s a power surge. Frequently, quilters are known to use that power for a good cause. With the holidays approaching, quilters are banding together to use their skills to help others. In honor of that generous spirit, we’re kicking off our second Share the Warmth Charity Quilt Drive.

Clothworks Textiles charity-quilt donation
From Martingale’s first Share the Warmth Charity Quilt Drive: 59 quilts donated to Japan by Clothworks Textiles.

Below you’ll learn what Share the Warmth is all about, along with a list of quilt charities that need your help. Read on to get the details; then get involved. Your good deeds—in quilt form—could win you one of two $50 gift certificates to spend at ShopMartingale!


Where can I give?

There are many organizations that accept quilt donations. Below are some national organizations that help distribute quilts and other sewn items to people in need.

Project Linus Project Linus provides comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.”
Binky Patrol Binky Patrol distributes quilts to children who are born HIV-positive, drug-addicted, or who are suffering from chronic and terminal illnesses, as well as children who have been abused, are in foster care, or are experiencing trauma of any kind.
Quilted in Honor Quilted in Honor exists to both raise funds for military families in need and to connect veterans, wounded soldiers, and military families with actual quilts. Learn more about Quilted in Honor in this blog post.
Quilts of Valor The mission of Quilts of Valor is “to cover all combat service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing quilts.” Learn more about QOV in this blog post.
Quilts for Kids Quilts for Kids needs volunteer quilters who will transform fabrics into quilts to comfort children in need. Visit their site to download a quilt pattern, find a local Quilts for Kids chapter—or even learn how to create your own chapter where you live.
One Million Pillowcase Challenge The One Million Pillowcase Challenge, created by our friends at American Patchwork & Quilting, challenges those who quilt and sew to help reach a goal of donating one million pillowcases to charity (they recently reached the 500,000 mark!). Find free patterns, lists of charities, and much more at their site.

If you’re interested in donating quilts in your area, consider contacting your local quilt guild to ask about their charitable programs. Find your local quilt guild here; find you local modern quilt guild here.


What can I give?

When choosing charity quilts to make, be sure to follow the requirements of the organization to which you’re donating—some charities have size requirements and other specific needs (for instance, quilts donated to hospitals should be machine pieced and quilted to stand up to multiple washes).

If you’re looking for quick charity-quilt patterns, browse these books for fast, easy designs to make:

Patterns for charity quilts
Super Quick Quilts, Quilts for Baby, and Simple Quilts from Me and My Sister Designs

Patterns for charity quilts
Fast and Fun Baby Quilts, Sew One and You’re Done, and Fast and Fun First Quilts

See all the different kinds of quilts donated from our previous Share the Warmth Quilt Drive on Flickr.


Tell us about your donations for your chance to WIN!

Win a $50 gift certificate!Let us know what you make and give this year and you’ll be automatically entered into a drawing to win one of two $50 gift certificates to spend at ShopMartingale! Send an email by December 1, 2013 to sharethewarmth@shopmartingale.com with your name, what you made, and what organization received your gift, along with their contact information. Be sure to attach a photo of your charity quilt as well!

In December, we’ll report back about your charitable donations here at Stitch This! We’ll create an honor roll of organizations that received your quilts so your gift will inspire others to give. We’ll also announce the gift-certificate winners at that time.


Are you planning to make a charity quilt this year? Tell us about your plans in the comments!


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