I have been making quilts for the Downy Quilts for Kids program over the past year or so. The program takes leftover fabric – often fabric that’s discontinued or not quite perfect – and instead of throwing it away, volunteers cut the fabric into quilt kits to be mailed to volunteer quilters all over the country. The volunteers sew the kits together, finish the quilts with batting and binding of their own, and mail the finished quilt back for distribution to a hospitalized child. Kids who are sick can’t take their stuffed animals with them for comfort because they can’t be washed but quilts are snuggly and can stand up to repeated washings in hospital washers and dryer so Quilts For Kids helps give as many kids as they can something warm, fun, and colorful as they go through treatment.
The program also asks quilters to make a second quilt out of their stash fabric to send back to double the donation. This time I accidentally ordered two kits so I decided to challenge myself to finish four quilts – two kits and two from my stash – in one week. I made it in eight days and I’m calling that a win. 🙂
The quilt pattern is very easy and the kits are definitely beginner level. If you’re a new quilter, these kits are a great way to hone your skills for a good cause. They ask that you return the quilt within six weeks which is plenty of time for a quilt this small and simple.
The kit quilts:
The two from my stash: