Mission Quilts

“There is, indeed, a transforming moment when a Quilt passes from our hands into another’s, and they embrace it.”

For the month of May we will be accepting Mission Quilts.Please put your donations in the wooden chest in the lobby near the main stair case.

When you make and send a Quilt, you are not only comforting someone you have never met, but providing an object that is useful in ways you probably never imagined. In addition to being a cozy, clean new bed cover, it can be:

  • a baby carrier, tied around a mother’s back;

  • a market display, spread on the ground and piled with vegetables;

  • a sack for transporting those goods to market;

  • a sunshade;

  • a shawl; and most importantly

  • a constant reminder that someone, far away, cares a lot.

Guidelines

  • Please give new items only, except where otherwise noted

  • Please do not donate items with any religious symbols, messages or your congregation’s name.

  • Please do not donate any items decorated with a U.S. flag, patriotic or military symbols, or references to the armed forces, including camouflage.

How to Make an LWR Mission Quilt in 3 Easy Steps

  1. Place a piece of fabric measuring 64" × 84" right side down on the table, followed by a filler measuring 60" × 80", and then another piece of fabric, also measuring 60" × 80", right side up on top of the filler.

  2. Tie the layers together using crochet or similar cord, or machine-quilt them together.

  3. Bring the edges of the 64" × 84" piece over the top, pin and machine-stitch the edge, using a zigzag stitch if possible.

LWR Quilts should measure approximately 60" × 80". Full-size Quilts best serve adult recipients and children as they grow older. Please donate only full-size Quilts.

Tips

  • Quilt tops and bottoms can be made from whole pieces of fabric or any type of patchwork pattern of smaller squares. Twelve 21-inch squares or 48 eleven-inch squares sewn together using a half-inch seam allowance make a 60" × 80" top.

  • Recommended fabrics for Mission Quilts include cotton, cotton blends, twill, corduroy, polyester knits, fleece and donated upholstery and drapery samples (no fiberglass). Please ensure that there are no stains or holes before using in a Quilt.

  • Use crochet or similar cord for tying. It is easier to thread and pull through than yarn and is more durable. Ties should be no more than 8 to 10 inches apart.