In doing some research for the annual Light The World campaign through our church, I came across this video and discovered that donations of quilts are always needed and accepted. Makes sense. Whether you’re a refugee, the victim of a natural disaster or fire or have simply fallen on hard times and find yourself homeless, WARMTH is a basic need and quilts help. I am SUPER NOT a quilter, but when I saw this video I remembered making a quilt with my mom—for my college dorm room—out of two sheets. So, I was off to Walmart, where I found full-sized flat sheets for around $14 a piece. In addition to sheets, I purchased a roll of batting with similar dimensions as the sheets, a skein of yarn and big-eyed quilting needles—I knew I had thread at home.
Once I did the prep work of laying out the quilt (right sides together with the batting on top) and stitching up the sides (leave a section of about 18” open) I was able to turn it right sides out and mark little dots/marks every 4” (Taft helped me) so that we would know where to add the yarn ties. This initial effort took about and hour and a half, with interruptions! I then got everyone involved for a couple of evenings in a row. I threaded their needles and we all sat around and watched TV. I then worked on it by myself for another two evenings.
TRUST ME: This quilt is not perfection. Not even close, but it was an opportunity to pull my older boys into a service project—to get them DOING something, which is always nice. And crooked seams do not affect how warm a quilt is, ha!
I’m certain you can drop off a quilt with any organization that helps people. I’m sending ours to the …
Latter-day Saint Humanitarian Center
1665 Bennett Road
Salt Lake City, UT 84104
Which is where I found the quilt guidelines and the video clip …
We hope this quilt finds you and that you can accept it as evidence that people care. This world is filled with good people who want to reach out and help. We’ve been blessed so many times through the kind efforts of others. We don’t know what you’ve faced or what you are currently going through, but we do know that God is aware of you and that He loves all of His children.
May God Bless you now and always!