Quilt Dimensions & Criteria

Dimensions –  Ideally, tops or finished quilts should be 40-45″ wide by 48-60″ long.  This size best fits the children’s beds.  If you have quilts or tops of another size that you would like to donate, please contact us at: quiltsbeyondborders@gmail.com

Fabric and Construction – Quilts need to be sewn, quilted and binding done by machine, with lines of stitching no more than 3″ apart to handle rugged conditions – used by children, and washed under rugged laundry conditions (unfortunately tied quilts won’t hold up to these conditions).  Fabric can be cotton or cotton/polyester and we strongly prefer fabric themes that do not include religious imagery, holidays, seasons, Military/police, Scary bug/snake images, or pigs – this allows us the most flexibility for distribution anywhere and anytime.  Batting can be cotton or polyester.

Tops – Include a fabric label with:

Quilts Beyond Borders

Made for You with Love

By (name(s) of the quiltmaker(s))

Belongs To (child’s name will go here)

The quilter will sew the label on the back of the quilt after quilting.

To help us get your top to a needy child most quickly, it will greatly help us if you will include backing (6-8″wider and 6-8″ longer than the quilt top to allow the longarmer to attach the top to her frame) and binding (2 1/2″ wide x 6 width-of-fabric strips is usually enough, unless your top is larger than those we normally accept).

Quilting – First, please read this additional information: Information for Longarmers or Quilting on a Domestic Machine . Then, machine stitch the fabric label to the back of the quilt in any corner.

Mailing – When you are ready to mail your quilt top or completed quilt, first check this information: Where to Send Quilts

Any remaining questions contact us at: quiltsbeyondborders@gmail.com

If we have your contact information, we will contact you to confirm receipt of the quilt/top.

Thank you to everybody for your generosity in making these quilts.  They are making a difference in thousands of lives.



8 Responses to “Quilt Dimensions & Criteria”

  1. Jeanice Keshishian Says:

    I’ve been here a few times and it appears like your articles get more informative each time. Maintain it up I enjoy reading them.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    I received a kit with 2 1/2″ strips of 3 different types of fabric at the 2013 International Quilt Show. I completed the quilt top, made the binding and purchased the backing and sent it on to a long armer as the directions indicated (I never heard back as to if she received the quilt top). i do not remember the name of the quilt pattern but would like to make additional quilt tops from fabric I have myself to donate. Would you be able to send the name of the pattern and any directions for completing the quilt?
    Margaret De Lacy

  3. quiltsbeyondborders Says:

    Margaret, I don’t know if you received an answer to your question above, but the best way to contact us if you want us to send you something is to contact us at our email address – quiltsbeyondborders@gmail.com – and give us your email information. We have many quilt patterns for our kit, so I’m not sure if we can find the pattern you need without some more info, but we’ll give it a try if you can provide more info at our email address. Did you take a picture of it?


  4. Judi Standley Says:

    Can the quilts be smaller for the baby boxes for crowdrise? And do we put on a label. Are they sent to you? I already make the bedsize ones for a special camp and don’t want to make more of that size but could whip out smaller ones. Do you require that we use your patterns?

  5. quiltsbeyondborders Says:

    The question above was answered privately via email. In short, we don’t typically require quilts smaller than the dimensions above, as those are suitable for babies through children aging out of the orphanage. However, we occasionally do a special project which requires larger or smaller quilts. Our baby box initiative, which required some smaller quilts, is currently closed for 2016, as we have enough baby quilts, however we expect to do it again in 2017, in which case we’ll let folks know if we need some smaller ones. We don’t require any particular patterns, you can do anything your heart desires! I know the children who receive your quilts will love them!


  6. DorisGoins Says:

    I have 2 small quilts I would like to donate which will be 37 x 43 when finished. Is this a size you can use? If not, I can donate them to another local charity. Doris Goins

    • quiltsbeyondborders Says:

      Doris, Hi! This is definitely a size we can use. We’re currently doing a special project with Salaam Cultural Museum for new mothers among the Syrian Refugees who have escaped to Greece, so your timing is wonderful! Thank you so much! Carla

  7. Easy Quilting Patterns and Tips | Quilts Beyond Borders Says:

    […] First, please take a look at the links on this site for QBB’s guidelines and requirements, start here: Dimensions and Criteria. […]

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