It's for Mercyful Quilts. I had heard of the program, but have never contributed. Bernie at Needle and Foot Fine Fabrics has expressed an ongoing need for comfort quilts @ Mercy Hospital in Sacramento, California. We recently had an email conversation regarding specifics of the program.
Here is (my take away from) what she said:
Quilts are made for patients who are end of life at the hospital.
These quilts are used only for adults.
Juvenile fabrics would NOT be appropriate!
Quilts of Valor are extra special and are SEW appreciated.
NEW quilts only! The hospital does not allow gently used items.
Due to patient sensitivity, make sure there is no smoke smell.
Gender neutral color schemes are helpful, but not required.
Does (quilt) size matter, Joyful??
According to Bernie, there are no hard and fast rules. Your Mercyful Quilt should be lap sized. At that response, I asked for clarification. I knew that some of my readers would want a ballpark size range. For me, I didn't want to send something Mercy couldn't use. Worse yet, I didn't want you to NOT send something because my instructions were too vague!!
Specific guidelines, please, Joyful...
Your quilt should be:
No smaller than 45" in width
No longer than 70" in length
Anything within (or close to) those parameters will work.
What about your quilt, Joyful???
Later in the week, I loaded all the parts and the quilt was ready:
As luck would have it...
My quilt was PERFECT for this cause. I was a little worried once I had decided what I wanted to do with the quilt. I couldn't recall what the size was. I needn't have been concerned. It came in at 55" x 69" when I measured the completed quilt top. Whew!
Where shall I send my quilt, Joyful??
Contact Bernie at firstname.lastname@example.org for mailing instructions. She would be thrilled if YOU want to make a Mercyful Quilt, too!!
This afternoon, I wound five bobbins and I'm ready to roll:
Until next time...
Sew Some Love!!!