Where to Send Quilts and Tops

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.)

The RCs are eagerly awaiting the arrival of your completed quilts and kitted-up tops. If you do not have the mailing address of your RC please send an email to us at quiltsbeyondborders@gmail.com  We will respond quickly with a mailing address and answer any questions you may have.

When you send a note to our gmail ID, 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 label is attached/included with:

Quilts Beyond Borders
Made by: [your name and any message you want to add]
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.

MONEY DONATIONS are always appreciated.  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!

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27 Responses to “Where to Send Quilts and Tops”

  1. Linda Powell Says:

    It’s taken me two years to finish and then find where to ship my quilt. My hubby helping me clean the quilt room when we moved must have been the “neatnick” who pitched that single little piece of paper with the address on it. Anyway thanks to Ann of the International Quilt Festival for steering me in the right direction. Linda Powell Stevensville Montana

  2. Anna Says:

    do you have a similar group in Australia?

  3. quiltsbeyondborders Says:

    No, we don’t, although we do have some wonderful Australian quilters who have made quilts and tops for us over the years. Some of them come to the International Quilt Festival and bring their donations with them — which leaves room in their suitcases for them to take back other “quilty” purchases they pick up at the Festival!

    If you’re interested in starting a similar group in Australia, I could contact our other Australian quilters to ask if they’d like to be contacted by you. Let me know!

  4. Vicki Rhodes Says:

    My name is Vicki and my friend Annette and I just spent 3 days on a sewing marathon. I prepared kits from our “stash” and we just completed 25 quilt tops for you wonderful organization. We are in Dublin and Alameda California and need to know where to send our contribution of 25 quilt tops. We had such a wonderful time sewing and visiting that we going to do this about 3 times a year. I sent 3 boxes in August 2012 but never received a response. I hope they reach you. Please let me know where to mail our quilt tops.

    • quiltsbeyondborders Says:

      Hi Vicki! Great thanks to you and Annette for making so many tops for us! We appreciate that so much!

      I got really excited when I saw you were from Dublin & Alameda, since I’m a San Ramon HS alum. I’m in Chicago now, and I miss the Bay Area!

      I have you email ID and I will send you the address to send your quilt tops to.

      I apologize that no one got back to you with a response when you sent us boxes in 2012. We’ve grown a lot since then, and hopefully we’re a lot more organized. When you get my email with the address to send these tops, reply and let me know where you sent the boxes in 2012, and I’ll contact the recipient to check. I did look back through some of our old records and saw your name and information in a donor list, so if that was your only other donation, I think that’s an indication that we did receive the boxes. Again, I do apologize.

      Thank you very much for making the quilt tops for us! Regards,
      Carla

  5. Kelly Says:

    I’m pretty sure I know the answer to this if you don’t accept tied quilts, but I have to ask: do you accept rag quilts? They usually look and feel better and better with each washing, but that’s in my machine, not a washboard. Thanks for your reply.

    • quiltsbeyondborders Says:

      Kelly, hopefully someone got back to you separately with the answer to this question, but since it’s one that comes up a lot, I wanted to answer your question on the blog. Unfortunately we cannot accept rag quilts. Over time they tend to cause some problems in the washing machines, with thread getting caught in and winding around the mechanisms. Since many of the orphanages we work with have only one washing machine, which would be costly or impossible to fix, we don’t want to put their washing machines at risk.

      Thanks for asking! Regards,
      Carla

  6. Jeri Cook Says:

    I would like to donate quilts. I have a group and we enjoy making charity quilts. How can I get involved ? We all have tons of gorgeous fabric that would take us a lifetime to use. We would really like to make beautiful quilts to support your cause.

    • quiltsbeyondborders Says:

      Jeri, did someone from our group respond to you off-line? I know we were all pretty busy and doing some traveling over the Thanksgiving holidays. Please let me know whether anyone got back to you. Thanks!

  7. Barbara Says:

    why do it so hard to find an address to send the quilts to?

    • quiltsbeyondborders Says:

      Barbara, we’re all volunteers and we have no bricks and mortar office. We’re a little reluctant to have our personal home addresses on the internet. However, if you send us an email to quiltsbeyondborders@gmail.com and let us know what city you live in, we’ll give you the address of the closest Regional Coordinator to you — or if we’re in the middle of gathering quilts for a delivery somewhere soon, we might have you send your quilts to the Regional Coordinator who is coordinating that initiative.

  8. Nylla Kunard Says:

    i have three quilt kits ready to send to you but I do not have an
    address to send them too. also would you be interested in 2 crib completed quilts?

  9. Joy McAuley Says:

    I am nearly finished with a American Sign Language quilt that I could send. What are the chances of it reaching a Deaf child? The fact that it is “American” sign language will not matter to someone overseas.

    • quiltsbeyondborders Says:

      Joy, we rarely know if a child is disabled in the orphanages where we make the deliveries until we’re actually there on sight, so I can’t commit that your quilt will actually reach a deaf child. I’m sorry I can’t give you a more definitive answer, but at this time we don’t have any specific orphanages that we work with that have notified us that they have a deaf child.

      Thanks for quilting, and asking the question. Regards,
      Carla

  10. Ida Gaglio Says:

    I would like to send 4 kitted tops (back and binding too) and need an address to send box. Also, I would like to have the tax id number for the tax deductible donation.

  11. Joy mcauley Says:

    Karen, wondering if the quilts I sent are out for longarm ing? I know it takes a long time to get them put together and long armed. Just wondering. Will be sending more soon…mostly made from men’s shirts (maybe for boys).

  12. Joy mcauley Says:

    Do you accept rag quilts?

  13. Jose Says:

    Hi i have five quilts to donate and i need the contact info for the lady in katy tx so that i can deliver them and pick-up more squares.

  14. Hazel Ovitz Says:

    Is there a local drop off in the Orlando fl. Area?

  15. quiltsbeyondborders Says:

    Unfortunately we’re a very small group. Our team consists of about 14 volunteer regional coordinators spread across the nation. Therefore we really don’t have local drop offs or any “bricks and mortar” locations. If you send an email to quiltsbeyondborders@gmail.com we can give you the address of the Regional Coordinator closest to you, and you can work with her to figure the best way to get your quilts to her,

    Regards,
    Carla

  16. Denise Arcari Says:

    Please let me know where to send quilt. Email is Gngrbredlady@yahoo.com. Thanks Denise

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  18. d Says:

    i need to know where to send my quilt top to. I live in corpus Christi Texas
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