Chicago -- I came late to this project, but am a bit confused. When I read your blog post it appeared you needed a total of two quilts, but in reading some of your posts it becomes apparent you want more than that. How many quilts did you agree to for the half-way house and how many have been done so far? That might help people on this board understand your needs better. Also, are the Chicago area quilting guilds/ groups also involved in this project?
I can certainly understand why you are beginning to panic some. I may not be speaking to your needs since I haven't read the posts from early summer, only the blog entry you made in August. But it appears at present the main concern is getting warm bed coverings to the residents, not so much handmade quilts. Have you considered charity shops for used blankets and comforters? Around here I can buy fairly nice blankets for between $3.00 and $5.00. I'm only speaking for myself, but the postage on a completed quilt is at least $10.00, which would prevent me from making whole quilts and sending them to you. You could get one or two blankets locally for less than what it costs to send you one quilt.
And although you haven't asked for my advice, I'll give it anyway. <grin> Look up quilting guilds in your area and ask them for help even though you are not a member. The guild I belong to has two charity activities that we make quilts for -- a hospital neonatal unit and a nursing home. I think all guilds have things like that. Here's a partial list of guilds in Illinois, including Chicago: http://www.quiltguilds.com/illinois.htm
I will get the second one done next week. Our weather here has been so hot and humid. It reached 100 yesterday but it is expected to cool down to the 70's by the weekend.
I haven't forgotten about you and the commitment I made to you months ago, but you can imagine working with flannel in this heat....
I'll let you know when it goes out in the mail.
Debbi, I am making two fleece quilt/blankets for twin size bed. The fleece was and is still 50 and 60% off so I decided this was the cheapest and fastest way to go. I will have them done in about a week.I will PM you for your address. Susan, North Florida
Hello Chicago, I live in south central TX where it is still very hot , but we still have to have a blanket in January.. . I don't know to what y'all are talking about, but I would be willing to send you a small check to purchase some fleece or flannel for a blanket. I make blankets that only use 2 yards of fleece squared off then serged around, they wash well and keep their shape. Now if you are needing blankets that are lined or backed with flannel then those would be very heavy to mail ( again stated above) so I am willing to send you the funds to make two blankets and that would save me $$ for shipping. Let me know through a PM I will not post any personal information here in a public forum. or at least repost the requirements that you need to satisfy your commitment, others may be willing to help. PS I work on charity quilts as well, and that is done through a LQS who has volunteers bring to workshop as many 3" & 4 " strips of children's flannel fabrics and battings cut to match, they are then put together easily using a serger in quilt as you go method, someone else has volunteered to do the binding after we do all the piecing, you really should ask your local fabric shop owners or managers about some type of service group doing this. You may have taken on a bit of a heavy load with 35 blankets.. Wow that is a lot for one person.