Quilts for West, Texas Folks

With the devastation in West, Texas after the fertilizer plant fire and explosion, I wanted to do something to help the folks there.  As I mentioned Thursday night, even when there is insurance to cover all your losses, and that isn’t always the case, it’s still very touching to know there are still people out there who are willing to give of themselves in your time of need.  When blog readers sent so many quilts for the Joplin tornado victims, I will never forget the looks on the faces of the people to whom I handed a quilt and told them that quilters all over the United States were praying for them.

If you can do it and if you can do it quickly and if you’re so inclined, you may send quilts to me and I will get them distributed to the folks who need them.  Vince said he would go with me to the area but instead of driving around looking for people to give the quilts to, I will work with friends in the Waco area, local guilds and local churches and have them do the actual distribution.  If that’s ok with you and if you want to send quilts, please send me an email ([email protected]) and I will send you my address.

I will be able to quilt a few if you have a top or two that needs quilting and binding.  Please email me to make sure I am not overwhelmed with this project before sending them to me.

Also, Jo has offered to do some quilting too. Please read her blog post here for details.

There are no size limits.  I’m sure there are babies, children, teens and adults who could use a quilt.  I do ask that you send only new quilts — not used or worn quilts.

UPS, Fed Ex or the U. S. Mail are all acceptable ways to send the quilts to me.

As far as a deadline, I would like to make one trip to the Waco area, and would like to get these out sooner rather than later.  Please have your quilts to me by May 31 so that we can make a trip over there the first week in June.

If you have any questions (other than my address), please post them here since others probably have the same questions.  I will answer them in the comments section.

Thank you!


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      It’s just as much work for those who are sending the quilts. I’m happy to do a little to help. Thank you for helping!

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    Helen Poole says

    Judy, I am not a great quilter but I will put at least one together, and a couple of baby quilts..My daughter lives in Midlothian and she said that she felt the blast and Ms Reba’s doggie door flap (plastic) was stretched straight out as if someone was holding it. She at first thought it was the storm coming thru so she turned the TV on and found the reason for it. This is so devastating not only to watch it on tv but more so for the people that are going thru this tragedy.

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    Cindy Stowe says

    Judy, Texas Star Quilters Guild out of Canton, TX will be sending some quilts. I am passing this info on to other quilters who do not subscribe to your blog. I suspect you’re going to be deluged with quilts for these folks!

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    How sweet of you to undertake another project such as this. I left TX for my sojourn back to the NE coast and am on the road, or I would be sewing, sewing, sewing, just for you!! I’m so sorry I can’t participate, but I won’t settle again now until mid-May. Good luck!

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    Joan McGlaughlin says

    I have a few tops but can’t quilt them. Would you be able to quilt 2 or 3?

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    lynne quinsland says

    i can quilt and bind some too if need be. i would need to have backing and batting included in with the top, but i would be able to post them to judy along with mine. i am in southern california. let me know if you need any help with quilting judy.

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    I’ve got some UFO kids tops I can quilt up over the next month and this will be a good reason to dig into my “Happy Block” drawer and make some lap sized quilts for adults. I quilt on my Juki so that’s as big as I go comfortably. Thanks for getting this underway!

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    shirley bruner says

    I am putting a package in the mail to Jo this morning with 5 tops, 4 with backings, and 3 with bindings, also. thanks for the heads up. will see if i can send you a couple of completed quilts, too.

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    Marilyn says

    First Assembly of God
    PO Box 443
    West, Texas 76691

    I’m sending some quilts to the First Assembly of God church. I heard on the radio they were passing out supplies so I contacted them to see if they could pass out quilts too. They said they had requests for blankets and would be happy to pass them along. Maybe when you are ready to go, you could contact them and see if they are still passing things out.

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    I should be able to send 2 finished quilts to you! Thank you so much for putting out the call!

    Question: Is it appropriate to include a quilt label? Or should this be left off?

    Thank you again!

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    kelly says

    judy, i have a king-sized quilt that i don’t think i’ll get around to quilting. if i send it to you, could you quilt it and send it their way?

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    cindy says

    judy, i have one completed baby quilt available. unfortunately, don’t have time right now to complete more, but this one is ready to go.