Skip to main content

May’s Charity ~ Quilts for Kids

MISSION STATEMENT: Transforming discontinued, unwanted and other fabrics into patchwork quilts that comfort children with life-threatening illnesses and children of abuse.

quilts for kids

A Letter from the Founder

It seems like only yesterday that I discovered a wealth of discontinued fabric samples being thrown away. In those days it never occurred to me that we’d be an International organization today. I was only looking to save some fabric samples from a landfill. I was assured by all my friends and family that this was a dumb idea and no one would make quilts for some stranger’s child…and do it for free! Well, all these years later you have managed to prove these naysayer’s wrong, for you have given from your heart and helped to turn tears into smiles for the tens of thousands of children that you never even knew existed.

In 2007 the majority of fabric mills moved offshore to places like Korea, China & Japan. The US government did not bail them out like they did the auto and banking industry so they left the country.  Those wonderful 18 wheelers loaded with donated fabric are not coming our way any longer and we were forced to either close (NOT an option) or find funding to purchase fabric.
The fabric companies that have always supported us have reduced their prices to enable us to buy fabric so we can stay in business. Discontinued fabric samples will always be kept from landfills, and you have had to become creative in figuring out what to do with the heavy fabric that comes our way…promising not to throw any of it into landfills. Through our partnership with Lutheran World Relief, many of the heavyweight fabrics have become heavy blankets that were sent overseas to orphaned children in developing countries who use them to sleep on. 


P&G AND DOWNY for the Downy Touch of Comfort Program that enabled us to create over 10,000 quilt kits to send to quilters across the country, helping us to turn tears into smiles in many more children.

CHANDRA WILSON OF GREY’S ANATOMY for acting as spokesperson for The Downy Touch of Comfort Program and bringing news of QFK to everyone.

ROBERT KAUFMAN FABRIC COMPANY  for creating a line of 33 fabrics by Amy Schimler to benefit QFK.

WASTE MANAGEMENT  for lending us their conference center for workshops.

DOMINION ENERGY  for providing grants to fund workshops.

  for matching grants to purchase brightly colored child-friendly fabric to make quilts.

CHILDREN’S MIRACLE NETWORK HOSPITALS for partnering with us and The Downy Touch of Comfort team so we are able to bring comfort to children in CMN hospitals across the country.

CLOTHWORKS TEXTILES for donating a truckload of fabric. 

P&B FABRICS for donating a truckload of fabric.

KATHERINE BELL for featuring Quilts for Kids in her book, Quilting for Peace.

DEBBIE MUMM  for including us in her latest book, I Care with Quilts.


Linda Arye
Founding President
Quilts for Kids, Inc.

{The above is from Quilts from Kids about us page}

I hope that you will take the time to check out Quilts for Kids.  There are several ways you can help… request a quilt kit, donate funds {money}, donate fabric, and/or spread the word by blogging about this wonderful organization. 

I do not have any personal information on this charity and have not personally worked with them.  However, I hope to donate some of my stash to them for use in quilt kits.

If you have a charity you would like to have showcased, send me an e-mail with their website address at; SpunkyDiva at


Popular posts from this blog

Add a ‘click-able’ signature to comments you make.

While blog hopping recently, I came across this fantastic tip listed on Be Our Best.  Jill has compiled her Top 10 Blogging Tips in one place to help others out there in blogland.  Most of them I had heard of before.  But she had one on her list that I have only seen a couple times in practice, and have not heard a how-to do it before.Number 6: Add a clickable signature to your comments.If you add the following text to the bottom of the comments you leave for other bloggers, whatever text you insert for “Your Text Here” will be clickable.  You have to switch out “{“ and “}” with “<” and “>” then it will work.  Remember to also change the “Your Blog Address” part, LOL! {a href= }YOUR TEXT HERE {/a}Bonus Tip ~ I use Notepad to store all the html codes I use on a regular basis {the direct link code for my signature image, color codes, etc.}.  I added the above code to my Notepad page, edited it with my information, and saved it.  Now all I have to do …

Quick Kitchen Curtain Tutorial

How comfortable with sewing are you?  Would you like to a quick and easy project that you can do yourself to create a window valance/ruffle out of any fabric you find?  Here you go!  There are only three lines of stitching in this project.  Very little measuring, and gorgeous results.

This project actually started almost two years ago, when I painted our current kitchen a pale ice blue we had left over from painting a bedroom.  To try something different, I painted the ceiling of the kitchen a deep, high-gloss navy.  You can see just a little bit of the ceiling in the finished curtain picture below.  As much as I adore the contrast in the paint colors, trying to find a ready made curtain for the kitchen has proven impossible.  Lots of kitchen curtains are to frilly, not the right color, too white, so on and so forth.  Did I mention too expensive?
So, when I brought home this fabric from Sewing Club and was trying to figure out what 'it' wanted to be, I decided it would be perfe…

$15 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

~ This Giveaway is CLOSED ~
The Winner will be announced 10 am on 4/27/2011 {Wednesday}. Easy entry... Just leave a comment letting me know that you are follower of The Spunky Diva. 
Make sure I can find your e-mail address either in your comment or your profile!!!!
Additional Entries: (1) Follow on Twitter {leave seperate comment} - $15 Amazon GC Giveaway @thespunkydiva (open till 4/25/2011) #gc #free (2) Blog about this giveaway {post link in your comment} (3) Tweet about this giveaway, can be enter this way once a day. 
Entry will be open from April 5th till April 25th.  The winner will be announced on Tuesday, April 26th, after selection by  Amazon Gift Card will be in e-mail form.  Winner will have 48 hours after being contacted by e-mail {make sure you leave your e-mail} to claim the prize.  If unclaimed, a new winner will be selected by