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OUR MISSION

Quilts From The Heart is a non-profit public benefit organization that brings caring and comfort to children, teens, and adults in our community who are most in need, by providing handmade patchwork quilts to warm the body and soothe the heart and soul. Our members share their love of fabric, quilting and friendship in a "no pressure" atmosphere of fun and camaraderie.

WHO WE ARE

Quilts From The Heart was founded in 1993 in Edmonds, Washington and has grown to over 65 generous women and men of all ages. We have now donated OVER 16,000 handmade quilts to small organizations serving "at risk" children, teenagers, and adults primarily in the Puget Sound areas of western Washington. View some of the donated quilts on the Quilt Photos page.

Our charter organization is located in the North Seattle area. We also have a chapter in Algona-Pacific and our membership is not exclusive to Washington State. We have several active members in Alaska, Arizona, California, Louisiana, and Oregon.

MEMBERSHIP

Quilts from the Heart Membership is open to everyone.

First and foremost — We are all volunteers. Do what you feel comfortable doing. Our expectations about your participation match your desires! There are no deadlines either. Our motto is: NO PRESSURE

If you would like to join us, just click to print out the membership form.

Or simply furnish us with the following information:
Name
Address
City, State, Zip code +4
Phone
E-mail Address

Membership dues are $15.00 per year. Optional sponsorship levels are $25, $50, $75 or $100. Any amount over $15 may be tax deductible. We use the extra money to purchase much needed batting, long arm thread, and fabric.

When we receive your check and information, a membership packet will be sent to you. The packet contains general guidelines, work party information, roster, calendar, older newsletters, patterns, and a name tag.

CALENDAR

Meetings are held on the 3rd Saturday of the month. Please see the member newsletter for details.


Seabeck Quilt Retreats

See Retreats page for additional information

Fall 2021 - October 15-19

Spring 2022 - March 30 - April 3

GUIDELINES

General Guidelines for making quilts

We encourage you to make your quilt with any design, pattern, color, and fabric or combinations thereof. The colors and pattern choices are up to you - you are the creator, you be the designer. The quilts are given to females and males of all ages. Unisex quilts are really great.

Do what you feel comfortable doing, we appreciate anything you do. We even welcome individual blocks (orphan blocks) that are combined with others to make a great scrappy top.

Click here to print these instructions.

Finished Quilt Information Label Sheet

Click here to print out the sheet of labels that are used to track quiltmaker information and quilt distribution. Attach the paper label to the finished quilt next to the official (cloth) Quilts From the Heart label before you turn in your quilt.

Fabric

  • We use cotton fabric, including flannels.
  • Use any color, design or combinations. Sometimes the scrappier, the better.
  • Here is an opportunity to use those fabrics you don't want anymore. They can make up into the greatest quilts.
  • We have a large stash of donated fabric for members to use.
  • Baby theme quilts should be no larger than crib size.
  • Adult theme fabrics should be avoided on crib size quilts.

Pattern:

  • Any pattern can be used.
  • Click here to print sample patterns for your use.

Quilt Size Guidelines: (sizes approximate and variable)

  • Crib: 36" x 48" or shorter
  • Twin: 55" x 75" or longer
  • Lap: Square - 50" to 60" square or nearly square
  • Double and Queen: We don't need many of these except at Christmas, but we'll use it if you make it!

Standard Mattress Sizes:

  • Crib: 27" x 53"
  • Twin: 39" x 75"
  • Double: 54" x 75"
  • Queen: 60" x 80"
  • King: 78" x 80"
  • CAL King: 72" x 84"

Batting:

  • Batting should be lightweight, something like bonded polyester or Warm and Natural.
  • We try to have a supply of batting available for members.

Quilting:

  • Quilts must be machine quilted so they last a long time and hold up to numerous washings. You may machine quilt in any way you like. This is a great way to practice your quilting designs. If you are unable to quilt your tops there are two other options.
  • Quilts From The Heart has our own machine that can be used by trained members.
  • We have several generous longarm quilters who volunteer to quilt for the organization. Just bring the finished top and back to a meeting and a machine quilter will take it from there. The machine quilters have the following requests:
    • All the threads must be trimmed.
    • Please make it is easier to quilt by stabilizing the edges of the quilt by one of these methods:
      • Place a border around the blocks.
      • Stitch around the blocks near the edge.
    • Provide a completed back that is at least 6" longer and 6" widthwise or 3” to all four sides. Also, cut selvedges off seams in backer fabric (but only seams). Selvedges are helpful when pinning backer to the rollers on the long arm as the fabric won’t stretch. Please press seams on backer open.
    • Quilt and back should have square up edges.
    • If you provide batting, it should be more than 6" longer (especially for polyester) and approximately 6" wider than the top. Batting must be lightweight, something like bonded polyester or Warm and Natural.

FAQ

What type of quilt does Quilts From The Heart accept?

Almost anything you are willing to make and donate, we can use to provide warmth and color for people in need. We mostly make and donate crib and twin bed sized quilts.

What size of quilt does Quilts From The Heart prefer?

Here are the general guidelines for the most needed quilt sizes. Remember these are approximate guidelines and not written in stone!

  • Crib: 36" x 48" or shorter
  • Twin: 55" x 75" or longer
  • Lap: Square - 50" to 60" square or nearly square
  • Double and Queen: We don't need many of these except at Christmas, but we'll use it if you make it!

How can I help?

You can assist us with piecing, quilting, clerical and organizational tasks, fundraising events…or anything that is your particular expertise! If you cannot make an entire quilt top, we welcome individual blocks. Do what you feel comfortable doing. Our expectations about your participation match your desires! Our motto is "No Pressure"!

Where can I find a pattern for making a quilt?

Feel free to gather ideas from any resource such as books, magazines or even the World Wide Web! In the future, we plan on having some patterns at this site for your use.

Can I donate fabric or batting?

We accept donations of batting and good quality cotton fabrics of any color or pattern (including flannels).

Can I donate money?

Financial donations are used to purchase supplies such as batting and fabric when donations of those materials run low. We are a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization; therefore, your donations are tax deductible to the extent of the law.

When and where does Quilts From The Heart meet?

We have quilting groups that meet in Mountlake Terrace and Algona-Pacific, Washington. You are encouraged to participate as much or as little as you want. There is no pressure, just fun. Our expectations about your participation match your desires! In addition, we have two fun quilting retreats a year (spring and fall). For a schedule of meetings and retreats, please go to the Calendar page.

How do I join?

Just go to the Membership page to print out the online application and send it in with your dues of $15.00 (per year) to join. Optional sponsorship levels are $25, $50, $75 or $100. Any amount over $15 is tax deductible; the additional money goes to purchase much needed fabric and batting.

How can your organization become a recipient of our quilts?

Our recipients are small organizations serving "at risk" children, teenagers, and adults primarily in the north King and south Snohomish counties of western Washington.

If your organization would like to be considered for participation, just click to print out the recipient questionnaire or contact us at Quilts From The Heart.

RECIPIENTS

Our recipients are small organizations serving "at risk" children, teenagers, and adults primarily in the Puget Sound and Long Beach areas of western Washington.

If your organization would like to be considered for participation, just click to print out the recipient questionnaire or contact us at info@quiltsfromtheheart.org.

Here is a list of the current recipients of our quilts:

  • 17th Fire Brigade at JBLM
  • Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services
  • Anacortes Family Center
  • Auburn Pregnancy Aid
  • Baby Bank of Seattle
  • Baby Bank of Seattle
  • Benedict House
  • Bethlehem House
  • Broadview Shelter
  • Camp Victory
  • Circle of Life
  • Columbia Memorial Hospital
  • Elizabeth Gregory Home
  • EvergreenHealth Monroe Recovery Center
  • Friends Helping Families
  • Georgia’s House
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Harrison Hospital – Oncology Department
  • Head Start
  • Hope Place
  • Hospice of Kitsap
  • House of Hope
  • Jubilee Women’s Center
  • King County Housing Authority
  • LifeSpring via Quiltworks Northwest
  • LifeWire
  • New Ground Sand Point
  • Ocean Park Community Day Care Program
  • Ocean Park Nursing Home
  • Passage Point
  • Pathways for Women
  • Peacehealth St. Johns Radiation Oncology
  • Rose of Lima House
  • Seabeck Conference Center
  • Soroptimist International of Auburn
  • South King County YWCA - Anita Vista
  • South King County YWCA - Auburn Transitional Housing
  • St. Joseph’s House
  • St. Vincent de Paul Women’s & Children’s Shelter
  • Starbucks Christmas Families
  • Support America’s Armed Forces
  • Swedish Ballard Women’s & Infants Clinic
  • Swedish Women’s Addiction Center
  • Terry Home
  • Thunderbolt Brigade
  • Veterans Administration Hospital
  • Vision House
  • YWCA Alive – Bremerton
  • YWCA Family Village Issaquah

 

COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAMS

Quilts from the Heart has partnered with various local companies to receive donations when you buy something. If you have any friends or family that would like to help Quilts from the Heart with their every day purchases, please share the following information with them and have them sign up. Every little bit helps!

Amazon Smile

Amazon will donate money to Quilts from the Heart with every purchase you make! It's easy to sign up, all you need is an Amazon account. Here is the link that will give you all the information you need: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/aw/ch/about. Please note that there are other organizations with similar names. You will need to pick out Quilts from the Heart with the Everett address. So all you Amazon shoppers – here’s a good way to earn extra money for Quilts from the Heart.

Fred Meyer Rewards Card Community Rewards

Linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to Quilts From The Heart at http://www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards is easy. U nder the title “Are you a Fred Meyer customer?” – select “Link your Rewards Card Now” then file out the “Create an Account”. You can search for us by our name or by our non-profit # is 88578.

Bartell’s BCaring Rewards

If you shop at Bartell's, did you know they will donate some of your purchase amount to Quilts from the Heart? To sign up visit the following site: http://www.escrip.com/merchants/identity/bcaringcard/index.jsp. Our group # is 500044100. You can pick up 'B' Caring Card at any Bartell Drugs and register it one of the following ways:

  • Complete the registration form available at Bartell Drugs.
  • Register your 'B' Caring Card online at above link
  • Call 1-800-931-6258

CONTACT

We welcome your questions, comments, and feedback!

Email: info@quiltsfromtheheart.org