Quilty Causes

I have come to the conclusion that quilters are about the greatest people on the planet. Don't you think? Often times, when you hear of trying things happening to people, you soon hear of quilters gathering together to see what they can do to help. Whether it's a tragedy on the other side of the world, or a hospital neonatal unit needing small quilts for tiny babies, or cancer patients needing something to keep them warm during their treatments, there are quilters hard at work behind the scenes.

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Quilts made by James Stitching Sisters


So, can I say again, that I think quilters are about the greatest people on the planet?

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James Stitching Sisters


In the May/June issue of Quiltmaker, I was able to spotlight two amazing groups of quilters. The James Stitching Sisters is a group of volunteers devoted to bringing cheer and comfort to breast cancer patients, as well as thoracic cancer patients and children receiving chemotherapy. Formed in 2004, these quilters have donated 3,350 lap quilts and tote bags to patients receiving care. Their “home base” is in a donated office space, which they have filled with fabric, sewing and long arm machines, and many, many volunteers. To see how you can help, visit

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Quilts 4 Cancer

Quilts 4 Cancer was started in Pahrump, Nevada by Jim and Barb Johnston, whose mission is to provide quilts and comfort to cancer patients. Through contacting friends and quilters around the country and holding quilt workdays in their community, Quilts 4 Cancer has been able to donate thousands of quilts. They welcome any quilts, quilting supplies or donations. To learn more visit

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Quilts 4 Cancer

So, if you are looking for a quilty cause, go check these groups out. Or, if you are already involved in a great cause, leave us a message and tell us all about it! We would love to hear!


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softspiritwalker wrote re: Quilty Causes
on Wednesday, 27 April 2011, 12:07 AM

I have set myself the goal of doing 12 quilts for the local Women's Crisis Center.  They try to provide every child with a quilt of their own for comfort.  I don't belong to a guild as I can't be away from the house to attend; I am the caregiver for my 90 yr old mother and it is a 24/7 endeavor.  I now have her piecing tops too.  Her stitches aren't as small as they once were, but they are strong seams and even.  Her patterns are very simple ones (9 patch and half square) but her quilts are very pretty and I cherish the ones she has made for me.  Perhaps, she and I do belong to a guild, ... our own!   We are looking for members if anyone is in the Sherman, Texas vacinity.

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