Where to Send Quilts and Tops
Quilts Beyond Borders has Regional Coordinators (RCs) located across the United States to help volunteers save on shipping costs. RCs are responsible for receiving and storing completed quilts until a scheduled overseas quilt delivery. They also send out tops to be completed by volunteer longarm quilters. (To help us get those tops most quickly to longarmers, we greatly appreciate if you can send your tops “kitted up” with backing and binding. More information on kitting up below.)
We generally do not provide RC addresses online for privacy and because the best address to use may vary. Please send an email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will respond with a mailing address and answer any questions you may have.
When you send an email to us, please indicate the number of quilts or tops you’d like to send and tell us what city and state you live in. Most likely we will have you send the quilts/tops to the closest RC to you to save on postage, but in some cases where we are actively gathering quilts for a specific initiative, we will have you send them to the person coordinating that initiative. We will provide the directions as required.
If we have your contact information, the RC will contact you to confirm receipt of the quilt/top.
For either a top or a finished quilt, please ensure the size is 40-45″ wide by 48-60″ long, and a fabric label is attached/included with:
Quilts Beyond Borders
Made by: [your name]
Belongs to: [the child’s name will be added when the quilt is given to the child]
KITTING UP A QUILT TOP: Kitting up a quilt top will allow us to get it to a longarmer much quicker and therefore more quickly into the arms of a child. To kit-up a top, add a label (as described above), a backing and binding.
- BACKING: The backing should be at least 6 inches longer and 6 inches wider than the quilt top, and should be made of cotton. The extra length will allow for the quilter to attach the backing to the leaders on her frame and will be absorbed in the quilting as the quilter rolls the quilt on the take-up roller. The extra width allows the quilter to attach her clamps and test her tension.
- BINDING: Binding should be 2 1/2 inches wide and as long as the entire perimeter of the quilt top plus 20″ to allow for going around the corners and joining the end to the beginning.
Fold the backing, binding and label with the top to keep them all together.
MONETARY DONATIONS are always appreciated and tax deductible – we are a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Make check out to Quilts Beyond Borders ($12 will cover the cost to ship 5-6 tops to a longarm quilter).
Thank you very much for supporting Quilts Beyond Borders and the needy children we serve!