Donate Time, Talent & Quilts: Quilts for Kids & Quilts of Valor®

Donating time, money, talent and quilts is such a gift to the recipients, whoever they may be. In the case of the two organizations we’re highlighting here, they are servicemen, servicewomen and children. Very deserving people, indeed. We’re dedicated to supporting these organizations and hope that you’ll join us. Here’s how you can help.

Three Tours by Tony Jacobson
Three Tours by Tony Jacobson

The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation® is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor®. We feel very strongly about this patriotic program, so in each issue of Love of Quilting, we include a quilt pattern that meets the guidelines established by the Quilts of Valor® Foundation.

Want to get involved? Whether you’re a quilt shop owner, an experienced quilter (a Coach), someone who has never made a quilt before (a Rookie), or someone who simply wants to perform a national service, all are welcome to participate in this program.

The Quilts of Valor® Foundation offers guidelines for quilt donations, including the ideal (~60″ x 80″), minimum (55″ x 65″) and maximum (72″ x 90″) finished quilt sizes. Make sure to take a look at their Basic Requirements website page to ensure that your donated quilt will follow the correct procedures.

Here are some patriotic quilts that work great for donating to the QOVF. To read about a wonderful story of a veteran receiving one of these quilts, check out The Heart of Quilts of Valor®.

Another worthwhile organization for donating quilts? Quilts for Kids, Inc. Betty Jessee, a Fons & Porter reader, says, “The disappearing nine has been a favorite of mine for charity quilts. They are fast and always a beautiful surprise. Love using bright colors for children. Also, a great way to use those 5″ square packs.” If you’re looking for ideas for a Disappearing Nine Patch quilt, check out BLOCK Friday: Disappearing Nine Patch.

Merry Mermaids - Crib Quilt
Merry Mermaids by Nancy Lacey

Quilts for Kids believes in transforming fabrics into patchwork quilts that comfort children in need. These are children with life-threatening illnesses, children of abuse, and children living at poverty level and below.

They are a nonprofit organization dedicated to brightening the lives of children who suffer from abuse or life-threatening illnesses. With the help of respected fabric manufacturers, generous volunteers, and donors, Quilts for Kids transforms high quality fabrics into patchwork quilts that offer comfort to children in need. They offer lots of fun groups, workshops, and special events.

To learn more about Quilts for Kids, Inc. visit their website. You might want to take a look at the frequently asked questions, as well. There you’ll find information like preferred quilt size (~38″ – 40″ x 45″ – 46″), preferred fabrics, etc. And, if you’re looking for some quilting inspiration, check out our cute kids quilts.

Do you have any stories about either of these organizations? Or, perhaps you’d like to share another organization that is worthy of quilters’ time, money, or talent. Tell us about it in the comments!

Carrie Sisk, Online Editor, Fons & Porter


Happy Quilting!

Carrie Sisk, Fons & Porter, Online Editor


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Carrie's first sewing machine was a gift from her dad—a better gift was never given. A crafter, trained pianist and experienced paintballer, when the opportunity arises, she's hiking in Yosemite or Rocky Mountain National Park.