Friday, February 12, 2010

Touch of Comfort

I've seen numerous blog post for Downy's Quilts for Kids Program and then there have been the television commercials as well. I sent an email to Downy last Thursday and UPS was quick to have the package on my door step Monday morning. I spent yesterday making the top and quilted it. I just have the binding to finish then wash and dry the quilt before returning to Downy.

The fun thing was not knowing what kind of fabrics was in the package. When I opened it up and found race cars I thought of my own son and how much he would have loved this quilt when he was younger. I'm talking about my 16 year old. Sure enough when he came in from school yesterday afternoon I asked him to hold the quilt up for me. He did with this comment, "you never made me cool quilts like this." He is right. I made him quilts but always chose fabrics that I liked and matched his room etc. I just know a little guy will be loving this one!

My dear blog friend Stefanie has caught me off-guard again with a little Valentine surprise in my box yesterday. Such a sneaky one! Thanks Stefanie!! (your little person would love a quilt like the one above)

Also sending out a thank you to Vivian! I received your patterns. Wonderful!!

I need to write a post to have it publish on its own over the weekend. I've never done that before so hope it works for me. I'm coinciding it with Anne's. We have a secret to share.

25 comments:

Quilts And Pieces said...

ohhh! can't wait to see what the secret is!!!!

allsewnup said...

Fantastic quilt! I also read about the Downy Quilt program and contacted them as well ~unfortunately~ Downy does not (for some unknown) reason offer this program to Canadians for Canadian children. I was surprised to say the least, don't get me wrong you folks from the states but it would have been nice to have been recognized as a seperate entitey for our needy kids.

Carolyn

Shelley said...

Secret!?? I LOVE secrets! Can't wait Mary!Congrats on your booty win!

Kim D. said...

Your quilt is adorable, any boy would love that. Looking forward to your news.

Carol said...

What a wonderful quilt for a boy! A Secret...yippee! we love secrets!

Lynn said...

Cute quilt, and so now that your son made you feel guilty, will you make him another quilt?

Needled Mom said...

That is a darling quilt for a boy. It also looks quick and easy.

Jackie Russell said...

Great quilt! I haven't heard of the Downey quilt program. I have bookmarked their site so I can bring this up at our next quilt meeting to see if I can get a group together to do these.

NewFarmChick said...

I am affiliated with the Quilts for Kids Program in Tulsa. Tulsa Quilts For Kids (TQFK) is headed up by two wonderful ladies that have been friends most of their adult lives. Sharon was thumbing through a magazine a few years back and saw an article on the lady that started this. She called Beth and said "we're gonna do this." And the rest, as they say, is history. Sharon and Beth are looking forward to a time in the not so far future, that they can retire from their full-time jobs and devote all of their time to TQFK.

Tulsa Quilters have been amazing and generous. Although I can't quote the number for sure, I think the last time Sharon and Beth took quilts to the Children's Hospital, the count was 134. The time before that was 150ish. Great Job TULSA QUILTERS!! TQFK has modified some of their patterns to accomodate the teenagers at the hospital. They were glad to receive the small size child's quilts but we would have been happier if they had received a larger one. Also, a quilt the size of a placemat will fit in an ICU incubator.

One of our local quilt shops has kits, like the one that you received. They also have donated their time to quilting the pieced tops that come back.

I think the great thing is that in the Tulsa area, you can do as much as you are able too, drop it off, and someone else will pick up where you left off. If you only want to piece the top, stop there. Someone else will cut batting and backing. Our local will do the quilting and still another person will pick those up and put on binding. Sharon or Beth pick them up, wash them and get them ready to go. Not only does TQFK supply quilts to the Children's Hospital, I believe the Tulsa Police Department and Child Abuse Network also receive finished quilts.

I certainly hope more people get on board and each precious child, no matter what their needs, gets a quilt of their own.

Cindy said...

You have great friends, Mary. You're going to make a Little Person so happy, so warm and so excited!!

Sharon said...

I read about the Downy Quilt program, too. This looks like a wonderful program, and the quilt you made is adorable! This program was brought up at the quilt guild, and I imagine several will participate. Secrets huh?

Laurie said...

I got my Downy pkg this past week and it was the same material! I have the top almost done but need to go get some batting!

Happy Quilting!

Joyful Quilter said...

What a cute quilt. I've been thinking about contacting them to make a quilt. You have given me more incentive.

Cindy from "It's a Sew Sew Day..." said...

Oh I love the bright colors in yours! I can see a little boy dancing/bouncing with joy to receive that! I bought the batting for mine today and plan on spending the weekend quilting on it. I also dug out of my stash enough fabric to make the second one to send along with it. But.... one at a time!

Happy Quilting!
Cindy

luv2quilt2 said...

I've never heard of this program before, but I've sent for a kit.

Anonymous said...

I just found out about this program myself and my first package arrived a couple of days ago, I think I have the same fabrics you got! I'll get mine whipped up in a day or two and request another one. What a great program!

CJ said...

Oops sorry, didn't mean to post as Anonymous.

Millie said...

Mary, the donation quilt is so bright and perfect for any child.
Enjoy the Valentine's Day goodies and all those patterns.
Hugs,
Millie

Carol said...

Wow your so fast getting your Downy quilt done. I still have mine to make. I have the same pattern. A lucky little boy is going to love the quilt you made. Did you make a 2nd one as well? The instructions said it would be nice if you could make a 2nd one with fabric from your stash. Love your Valentine gifts.

Lurline said...

A great quilt - my Byron would love it!
Hugs - Lurline♥

Kim said...

I really like what New Farm Chick had to say here. My Downy quilt kit arrived already, too. Cute fabrics, will be fun to make this quilt for a child in need. You know, Mary, you could still surprise your son with a race car quilt or something that interests him...

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

What a great thing Downy is doing! And what a cute quilt you made for a lucky little boy!

Gene Black said...

Great idea (Quilts for Kids) Would you email me? I would like to ask a couple of questions.

Vivian said...

I hadn't heard of the Downy Quilt program. Thanks for writing about it. I promptly got on the website and ordered a kit.
Glad to hear that you got the patterns. Enjoy them.

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