Frequently Asked Questions

 

Do you accept “rag” quilts?

 

Unfortunately, we are not allowed to accept them for hospital donations. The lint is not good for a child with breathing issues. However, we can donate them to shelters.

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Can we use old t-shirts, sheets, pajamas?

 

Due to immunity issues that the children may have, only NEW 100% cotton fabric is allowed. No re-purposed fabrics can be accepted, so please do not use sheets, curtains or clothing.

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Is it OK to use flannel?

 

If it is a high quality new flannel, feel free to create a quilt out of it. Lower quality flannel pills and looks used the moment it is washed so please do not use a discount store flannel which does not have the high thread count necessary to stand up to numerous washings.

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Do you accept hand-quilted, fleece or tied quilts?

 

Unfortunately, we are not able to accept tied quilts due to the potential choking hazard that hand ties create and their inability to stand up to the hospital washers and dryers. All quilts have to be machine quilted for that same reason. Fleece is not acceptable because it causes static which can interfere with hospital equipment.

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What size should the quilts be?

 

Approximately 38"- 40" x 45"- 46"

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What type of batting should I use?

 

Please use LOW LOFT 1/8 to 1/4 inch batting. Cotton or poly or a combination of the two is acceptable.

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May I donate the quilts to a hospital/child in my area?

 

Unfortunately, no. All quilts made from quilt kits must be returned to headquarters for quality control and to make certain we have the proper data. Each quilt is carefully checked for pins and loose threads; if a quilt has not been washed, we do that, too. Careful records are kept regarding the number of kits sent out and the number of quilts returned to us. However, if there is a QFK chapter in your area, you may work with them; our chapters donate quilts to their local hospitals.

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How should the quilt be quilted?

 

Having a lot of machine quilting in your quilt will help it hold up to the rigorous washing it goes through at the hospital. Please machine quilt in the borders as well as in the blocks, about every 2 inches or so.

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Can you send me an extra label for my stash quilt?

 

In order to avoid the postage and handling of sending out separate labels, we have volunteers here at headquarters who sew labels on to the quilts that come in without them.

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I want to make a four-patch from my stash. What yardage do I need?

 

You will need 1-1/2 yards for the back, 1-1/4 yards of focus fabric, which includes the focus squares and the outer border, 1/4 yard for the inner border, and 3/8 yard each of two different colors for the four-patch blocks.

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My quilt is ready to go. Where do I ship it?

 

Please send your finished quilt to Quilts for Kids, Inc., 494 Lincoln Highway, Fairless Hills, PA 19030. Please include your name, address, phone number and email.

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How can I find a chapter in my area?

 

On the Quilts for Kids homepage, go to "How to Help" at the top of the page and click on "Find a Local Chapter."

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I understand that QFK needs me to send in $6.00 for shipping my kit. How do I do that?

 

Click here, or you may send a check or money order to 494 Lincoln Hwy., Fairless Hills, PA, 19030. Remember to include your name, address, phone and email!

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I did not find any binding fabric in my kit. Is it missing?

 

Your kit is complete. Some volunteers fold the back over the edge of the quilt to form a binding; others use their own stash.  You may find that there is enough of the backing fabric left after trimming your quilt to make a binding. Use any method you prefer, just as long as the stitching is secure and there are no raw edges visible.

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