Type of item: Functional
Style: Casual, Cute, Whimsical
100% cotton for all three quilts. I used "cheater" panels for two of them since they will be frequently washed in the hospital. There are less pieces to fall apart with the laundry process.
What was your inspiration?
My friend's son was diagnosed with cancer a couple of years ago and I made him some pillow cases and an I Spy quilt. His mom said they were a great comfort to him. Then I discovered Downey Quilts for Kids and thought it would be nice to give to some other children who were battling an illness. I'm a retired teacher and still want to do something for children, even though I'm no longer teaching. This is a good way to bring my stash under control and also to practice new skills in machine quilting.
What are you most proud of?
I'm happy I can help a child feel special while they are under a great deal of stress being hospitalized. I also hope it helps the parents to know that others are thinking of them during their struggle.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Check out Downey Quilts for Kids on line to get started with some ideas. I used to mail in my quilts, but now I'm donating them to a collection center in Florida so they will stay in the state and save me money on postage. I can drop them off and they are delivered to St.Pete/Tampa.