Can I donate fabric from my stash to Community Quilts?
That’s a question we hear a lot. And YES, you can, BUT we ask that you follow the SIMPLE guidelines below. We value the hard work people do and want to use the best materials to ensure that the work will last and provide comfort to the recipients.
Is your donation:
- 100% quilting cotton
- At least half a metre/yard in length (full yardage, no fussy cut hexagons or dog heads missing)
- Suitable colours and patterns for those in care (nursing homes, extended care/hospice, psychiatric care, children’s ward, NICU unit)
- “FRESH”. Fabrics that are older, have been stored or folded for long periods of time, may not be useable as they may have deteriorated and will not hold up under repeated washings. Do a strength test. If you can tear it easily with your hands or it’s threadbare/ faded, please use it for another purpose.
- If you don’t have yardage, can YOU pre-cut (5”,6.5” or 10” squares) and donate those to be used for eye spy, or similar scrappy quilts?
If the answer to any of those questions is NO, then we are not able to use it. We have limited space to store fabrics, and limited time to organize donations.
There are a few suggestions of places that may accept your fabrics, please track Karen down at a meeting and she can let you know. And if you have any suggestions as to what you would like to see for kits, please let us know. We’ve heard “better colours” so far; let us know what you think about our patterns. Sizes? Do you prefer to do a top only?
Don’t forget to enter the draw, when you donate a quilt!
We look forward to seeing lots of faces at the Community Quilts work bee! I’ve said it before, but I am constantly amazed by how many quilts our guild donates each year. Thank you in advance for your care and generosity!
Karen and Brenda
Reminder of Free table etiquette:
- Bring whatever items you like to the free table.
- TAKE HOME items that are not re-homed.
- It’s just that simple.