Quilts 4 Kids
was founded in 2006 by Linda Wright, Judy Clark, Bru Wilton and me, to
to give to children aged up to 16, who have chronic or life-threatening
illnesses. They often have to spend a lot of time in hospital, and a
familiar quilt is cheerful and comforting. Since the earthquakes we
have also been giving quilts to children who have suffered
trauma; whose homes have been
damaged, or who are living in difficult
to make maybe three or four quilts a year, but we were soon joined by
several other enthusiastic quilters. We have had donations of fabrics,
and complete or partly finished quilts. We now have about twenty
members, and have given away up to fifty quilts
a year. They have gone to children with cancer, heart and kidney
fibrosis, burns and spinal injuries, and many other conditions.
have been comforted by these unexpected gifts from strangers. It is
very hard work, frightening and tiring, coping with a very sick child
and often with other issues. We also give quilts to siblings, as they
suffer too from the family's stress.
Each child chooses his or her own quilt, and their name is
written on the back. The maker or makers of the quilt are also named,
and often they receive acknowledgement from the child and/ or the
Some of us
are grandmothers, and all of us are enthusiastic needlewomen, of all
levels of ability. Every one has her unique strengths or skills, which
These are some of the quilts which we have given away.
Our main expense is the fluffy batting which goes in the middle of the
quilts. We use tetron as it dries quickly and is easy to quilt.
We buy a 50 metre roll every year, and share
it out among members. It has just doubled
in price. As we are not a registered charity we do not apply for
grants, but run a raffle once or twice a year.