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Feedback re: charity (comfort) quilts requested

I am the president of my local quilt guild this year and a situation has come up that I thought I would get feed back from members of this forum on.  We donate quilts to the local cancer center as well as to people who have lost their homes to fires and other situations as we deem necessary.  It has now been suggested that people be required to use specific type batting such as Hobbs 80/20 for the cancer quilts as they are warmer than some of the quilts that have already been donated.  This suggestion was made by a member of the guild who is currently undergoing treatment for ovarian cancer.  I am curious as to how you would all feel if you were told what batting you had to use in a quilt you were donating.  If you want to respond privately, please send me an e-mail to sitnsew@yahoo.com.  I am planning on addressing this issue at the Feb board meeting on the 11th so any feedback before then would be greatly appreciated. 


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Comment by Bonnie on February 2, 2014 at 8:58am

Can't your charity committee "sort" the quilts a bit and offer to different purposes?

Easy wash, extra warm, dark colors, girly colors....  There is a purpose for every quilt .  A baby going into foster care would be inappropriate for a denim rag quilt, but it would be perfect for  10 year old boy getting his first room in a Habitat for Humanity house.

Comment by Joan on February 1, 2014 at 12:13pm

Wait, what?  This will be done by a motion and second from the floor at the meeting, right?  Then a discussion and vote will determine the outcome.  Now that you have a solution, your job is to basically make everyone think it was their own idea, a good way to do these charity quilts, wholeheartedly vote yes and feel good about being in this guild. 

Comment by Janet/MO on February 1, 2014 at 11:09am

I called the member who is undergoing the chemo and asked her directly what her concerns are.  It is amazing how much things can get skewed when several people pass around the messages!  Anyway, she said her biggest "complaint" was that the quilts made out of poly do not wrap around a person like the ones with batting made from natural fibers. She understands now that the quilt itself will probably not do enough to keep her warm as the other day she had 3 warmed blankets and her quilt on top of herself and was still cold.  So several of us have made the decision that we are going to buy a bolt of 100% cotton batting and keep it at the home of one of my members who has the room to store something that large.  I am donating one of my 50% off coupons to Joanns which will help offset the cost.  The budget has always allowed up to $200 per year to be spent on supplies for these quilts, but to date no one has ever had to use guild money so it is about time we did.  The quilts made using this batting will be kept separate from the ones with poly batting so it will be easy to know which quilts to donate to which cause.  Thanks again for all the feedback I was given. 

Comment by Tanyel B on February 1, 2014 at 10:54am
I agree with a few of the other comments, it may be okay to make the request - if there is a valid reason for it. However, I would not make it a requirement unless the guild buys the batting for the charity quilts or the charity says that is the only way they will accept them (which won't be the case). For charity quilts, many times folks use what they have on hand or can afford to buy. They may not have the means or willingness to go buy something else. Good luck.
Comment by Joan on February 1, 2014 at 10:34am

Will keep you in my prayers.  Somewhere in my cupboard is a silver platter that says I was once president of a ladies club.  I try to block it from my memory, LOL!

Comment by Janet/MO on February 1, 2014 at 8:12am

Thanks so much for all the great feedback everyone.  The hospital personnel have not made any specific requests that I know of.  What I offered to do is give one of my 50% off coupons to Joanns to the charity committee so that they could use it to buy an entire roll of 80/20.  However, that will only work if the members of the guild get their batting from the guild instead of just using what they have.  My main concern was whether people would get upset to be told which batting would be acceptable & which wouldn't be.  A lot of these ladies are older and wanting to get rid of stuff so they are using what they have on hand.  I am going to call the member of the guild who is undergoing chemo herself and discuss this with her. 

Comment by AidaCJ/NH on February 1, 2014 at 6:56am

I have been making quilts for charity, and I honor the requests on what materials to use and how they are to be quilted.  Quilt for Kids, for example, asks that you don't use monofilament threads and that they be quilted tightly so that they'd withstand everyday washing.  Some cancer patients develop intolerance for certain kinds of fabric and batting so it's understandable to make the quilts that they can be comfortable in.  Sometime ago when one of my co-workers underwent mastectomy and chemotherapy breast cancer, she asked if I could make her a blanket out of fleece instead of a quilt, so I bought those no-sew fleece kits at JoAnn's and made several for the cancer patients at a local hospital.

Comment by Pam/NY on February 1, 2014 at 6:40am

Good posting...makes you stop and think about who you are making your quilts for. If, you make them for a specific project such as the cancer centers or dialysis units, then I would honor their requests. General quilts for shelters, Red Cross, etc. You should use what is comfortable for your budget.

Comment by Dawn Hutton on February 1, 2014 at 3:20am

I agree that a request should be made.  Our guild uses a needle punch poly by warm and natural.  It is less expensive than 100% cotton and the hospital says OK.  The hospital use to request all cotton.  We purchase rolls of it for our guild to use through our LAQ who gets it for a discount.  We also use the poly donations we get (like mountian mist)  but don't really like them and often pass them on to another group that does quilt for overseas.  Of course this means we due a fundraiser every year to finance our group.  We did 175 quilts last year.

Comment by Debra Miller on February 1, 2014 at 12:41am
Roxann H why do you say Mountain Mist is a fire hazzard? I am making my DGbaby a quilt and have purchased this cotton Mountain Mist for it. Haven't used it before. NoW I am worried I shouldn't use it. DGD is only 2 month old.

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