Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Play ball!

Have you heard of Quilts for Kids? I heard about it on Teaginny's blog. It's a really cool organization that, in partnership with Downy Touch of Comfort, provides quilts to kids with serious illnesses. There are lots of awesome organizations similar to this one, but Quilts for Kids makes things a little easier (and more affordable) for the quilters. If you go to their web site, you can request a quilt kit, and they send you everything you need to make a quilt (except for the batting). I requested my kit, and they sent me a package with fabric and a pattern to make this quilt.

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The organization collects discontinued (new) fabric for the kits. I probably wouldn't have picked out this fabric on my own, but I imagine they can find a baseball-loving boy who will like it. (Hope so!)

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For the backing they sent me yardage of this baseball print. They don't send fabric for the binding; they suggest using leftover backing fabric. Instead, I used this bright red.

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I was really worried about washing this quilt--most of the fabrics came precut, so I couldn't wash them ahead of time (not that I would have...I'm lazy like that). But I threw a Shout Color Catcher in the machine, and it came out just fine.

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My little guy thought it was pretty cool.

I really like this organization, and I'll definitely try to make another quilt for them soon.

Check out more projects on Amy's blog!

19 comments:

Robin said...

what a great idea, Katie. the quilt is beautiful and I am sure it will bring joy to a baseball loving kid.
you are remarkable.

Jodi said...

Thanks for the inspiration! I'll be checking them out! And what a great job you did!

Anonymous said...

Katie, you really are amazing - I have loved every quilt that you have made. I don't see how you can possibly have time to get all the things done that you manage to do. Keep up the great work!!

Love,
Nana B.

Leah said...

That is so sweet! It turned out great. I'm sure that someone will really enjoy it. And I have never heard of that Color Catcher stuff. I'll have to check it out.

Larri @ Seams Inspired said...

I love the baseball theme! If I ever can master quilting, I'll join in with you on this endeavor. Thanks for sharing. Happy Sewing! :o)

www.seamsinspired.com

trish said...

OH gosh that is so cute and what a happy smile on your little guy! :o)
Sincerely ~ Tricia

Quiltstory said...

What a sweet thing to do! And that red binding was definitely the way to go...

Leslie said...

this looks great.

Dee said...

Wow, what a cutie pie! And the quilt is sure to be loved. I donate fabric to quilts that get sent to orphanages all over the world and the stories that come back from those who go over and hand them out, break your heart and make you grateful to be part of such a cool organization!

Awesome Friday Finish!

p.s.phyllis sews said...

great work and how rewarding to quilt for someone who really will enjoy this quilt. Thanks for sharing this idea.

Jessica said...

Any baseball loving kid will simply adore that quilt! Your quilting looks perfect also, congrats on the finish!

Miri said...

What a wonderful organization! Some little boy will just love this quilt!

Ivory Spring said...

Katie - the quilt turned out lovely. What a worthy cause! May you be blessed by blessing a little guy out there.

Rita E said...

I love doing these quilts ... they're so easy and sew up quickly. I just got my 3rd one and hope to get it done next week. Cute little guy, too!

Carla said...

I'm sure a little boy is going to love this quilt! It's perfect!

AC/DC rocks!

Michelle said...

What a terrific quilt for a wonderful organization. I like the red binding you added. And yes, I bet some little boy (and possibly a few girls) would find that baseball backing to be very cool.

What a cute little helper, you've got! Is he in charge of the final quality control? ;-)

Karen said...

Just wonderful.

traceyjay said...

nice work Katie!

your little guy is adorable... and I love that you keep reminding me to make one of these. :)

It's really so cute. :)

teaginny said...

It looks great Katie! So glad you made one!