Thank you for wanting to volunteer with us to make quilts! Please read the information below and the links for more information before sending us any quilts, and contact us using the email at the bottom of this page with any questions – We look forward to hearing from you and seeing your beautiful quilts!
Dimensions – Ideally, tops or finished quilts should be 40-45″ wide by 48-60″ long. This size works well for small children and when an older child ages out of an orphanage at 17 or 18, it is large enough to wrap up in and small enough to be carried in a backpack so it doesn’t become a burden if the recipient ends up living on the streets. If you have quilts or tops of another size that you would like to donate, please contact us at: email@example.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 blends, preferably not flannel due to its weight/bulk and difficulties in laundering. We strongly prefer fabric themes that do not include religious imagery, holidays, seasons, Military/police, scary bug/snake images, ghost images, or pigs – this allows us the most flexibility for distribution anywhere and anytime. Polyester and 80/20 battings are best for their weight and durability. Binding should be completely machine sewn, and labels should be attached by machine.
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 machine stitch 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 and Binding fabric. Cut your backing at least 8″ wider and longer than your quilt top. (4” larger on each side). For example a 42” x 60” quilt top needs a backing that is 50” x 68”. Back can be pieced. Binding strips should be sewn together (2 1/2″ wide x 6 width-of-fabric strips is usually enough, unless your top is larger than those we normally accept).
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.