100 Quilts for Kids: Charity Quilt Drive Starts Today!

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Thanks to everyone who participated in 100 Quilts for Kids in 2013!  Check out the quilts linked up here, in the Flickr Group, and using the hashtag #100quilts4kids on Instagram.

There are two prize categories to check out: fun Fabric + Thread Prizes and Patterns + a Class and the prize winners are announced here.

As part of 100 Quilts for Kids there is also a free Star Bright Quilt Pattern download here– makes a quick and fun charity quilt, as well as a series called 25 Free Motion Quilting Ideas: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.  I hope you join me again in September 2014.


It’s time for the annual 100 Quilts for Kids charity quilt drive!  Please join me from July 1- September 30, 2013 and make a quilt or two for a child in need!

If you have been reading Swim, Bike, Quilt for a while, you know that charity sewing is important to me, and a portion of my sewing time and blog are devoted every year to encourage others to do the same.  It has been exciting to witness the time and love that has gone into making the hundreds of quilts donated in 2010, 2011, and 2012.

I need your help spreading the word! Please check out the 100 Quilts for Kids Flickr Group, consider pinning the logo on Pinterest, sharing this post on Facebook (links at the bottom of the post), Instagram (#100quilts4kids), or Twitter.

Ready to get started?

1. Make a quilt.  Great time to use bee blocks, try a new pattern, or experiment with a design of your own.

2. Donate it to a child in need, locally if you can.  Consider donating your quilt(s) to a local foster care program, domestic violence center, homeless shelter, children’s hospital, or to a local military family support organization.

There are so many great charities and sewing circles out there!! If you don’t know where to donate your quilt, try one of these organizations or quilt drives:  Margaret’s Hope ChestBumble Beans Basics, do.Good StitchesProject Linus, Quilts for Moore, OklahomaJust One Slab for Flood Recovery in Southern Alberta, the work done by Sarah and her Quilt Ministry, and Siblings Together.

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 [one of the quilts I made last year out of scraps from another quilt]

3. Link up a picture of your donated quilt(s):  Let us know you donated your quilt (and where you donated it) during the Linky Party, which runs from July-September 30, 2013 (linky party link is here). Link up a picture from a blog post, Threadbias account, Facebook post, or picture on Flickr.

4. For you:  There is a fun list of prizes you will be eligible for when you donate a quilt and more prizes here — a fun way of saying “thank you” for sharing your time, talents, and resources with kids in need. Prizes will be randomly drawn–if you donate a quilt and link up by the end of September, you are eligible to win.

Sponsors: If you are interested in sponsoring the event/donating a fabric or quilting related prize, please contact me at swimbikequilt at gmail dot com.

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Thanks so much!

For more info on previous years, please see the 100 Quilts for Kids Page.


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  1. Posted July 1, 2013 at 4:30 am | Permalink

    Fantastic! When I saw your mention of it a few weeks ago in a post, I got started making mine. I have 2 quilt tops done and wrote a tutorial for it:) I’ll be finishing those up this week and posting them. Thanks again for sponsoring such a worthy cause. Will the DCMQG be collecting them for donation this year?

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted July 5, 2013 at 11:15 pm | Permalink

      Excellent, Jamie. And I still have your fabric for you, because I’m slow like that. I’ll bring it (gratis) next time I see you. DCMQG is going to collect quilts–I’m going to suggest we donate to the Office on Women in Alexandria, because they soo appreciated them a few years ago.

  2. Posted July 1, 2013 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

    I’m in! I’ve pinned the button and posted it to my blog! Thank you for hosting!

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted July 5, 2013 at 11:14 pm | Permalink

      Thank you! I look forward to seeing your quilt, Melissa.

  3. Posted July 1, 2013 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

    eeeek, it begins! okay, must get going and make one! maybe two? I think all I ever do is baby quilts :)

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted July 5, 2013 at 11:14 pm | Permalink

      Hurray! Yes, make 1 or 2! Baby quilts are the best, big quilts are overrated ;)

  4. Posted July 1, 2013 at 10:44 pm | Permalink

    Oh thank you for including our ministry in your list of donation sites!! You are too sweet! We’ll be making some quilts for this worthy cause in our group too!!

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted July 5, 2013 at 11:13 pm | Permalink

      Thanks, Sarah. You and your group do such beautiful things for so many people! (And I fixed the link. It should be correct now).

  5. Posted July 2, 2013 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    I have it posted on my blog. The Down Syndrome Assoc of Middle Tenn contacted me a couple of months ago, as they needed more quilts, donated to them last time. Great timing.

  6. Posted July 2, 2013 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

    Can’t wait! Definitely blogging about it soon! Posting the button right now.

  7. Posted July 2, 2013 at 11:14 pm | Permalink

    Pinned, tweeted, posted to facebook and I’ve updated with the new badge on Hopeful Threads “Like Minded” page. NOW…..if I can just finish my 1st quilt this month and then hopefully be ready to make my 1st to donate next! Love this idea so much!

  8. Posted July 3, 2013 at 12:52 am | Permalink

    Can’t wait to get some quilts going again this year!

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted July 5, 2013 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

      woo hoo! Fresh Lemons quilts are my fave :)

  9. Posted July 3, 2013 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

    Awesome! Just finishing up a quilt that I had no idea what to do with. Now I know! Thank you! BTW, I am new to your blog and just added you to my bloglovin’ feed. :-D

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted July 5, 2013 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

      Great news! Thanks, Sarah. Happy Sewing.

  10. Tricia
    Posted July 3, 2013 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

    One down and more to come! I just love this time of year. Thanks for taking the time to help me be more charity minded.

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted July 5, 2013 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

      Thanks, Friend!

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted July 5, 2013 at 11:11 pm | Permalink

      Your first quilt is beautiful! Can’t wait to see more. We should plan a sewing/playdate…

  11. Posted July 3, 2013 at 7:07 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the inspiration. I am organizing my quilt guild–Gainesville Modern Quilters–to make quilts for a local moms group from our UFOs. Here is a link to the post

    We’re looking forward to sharing in September!

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted July 5, 2013 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

      I loved reading about your UFO swap–what a fun idea. And thanks for participating in 100 Quilts!

      • Posted July 5, 2013 at 7:48 pm | Permalink

        Hi Katie!
        Our swap went really well–so I think we’ll have some great quilts to donate in September. This is my first charity quilt–it’s great to work on this with a group both locally and through your drive. Thanks again for the inspiration!

  12. Posted July 6, 2013 at 4:31 am | Permalink

    Katie – I dropped over from Sharon’s blog (Vrooman’s Quilts) where I read about the annual 100 Quilts for Kids!! Fabulous idea!! I blogged about it this evening!! :-)

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted July 9, 2013 at 1:06 am | Permalink

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Kris, and for helping spread the word!!

  13. Posted July 8, 2013 at 1:39 am | Permalink

    So happy I found out about this! I have sent the word out on my blog and have three going to our local hospital this week for their NICU. Hopefully by September I will have more to contribute!

    You are awesome!

  14. Allison D
    Posted July 8, 2013 at 6:11 pm | Permalink

    I am so in! And I have a few WIPs that this just might get me to finish.

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted July 9, 2013 at 1:05 am | Permalink

      Hurray! And finishing WIPs is such a great feeling. I hope to do the same.

  15. Posted July 23, 2013 at 9:01 am | Permalink

    This is great! I esp. appreciate that I can participate and not have to mail a quilt to anywhere, but keep it local.

  16. Brigid
    Posted July 24, 2013 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

    I am going to try to actually join the DCMQG this year and come to the sewing day! By the end of the summer, I should have at least 2 or 3 baby quilts to donate.

  17. Rosemary
    Posted July 31, 2013 at 5:51 am | Permalink

    I put this info on my FB page. I can’t think of something more worthwhile to do … sharing quilts with those in need and, selfishly, doing something I love to do. Quilting!!

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted July 31, 2013 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

      Thank you, Rosemary! Quilting is the best :)

  18. Posted August 26, 2013 at 7:53 pm | Permalink

    I have just finished the fifth of five comfort quilts for this year – happy to participate in your drive by sending these along to Margaret’s Hope Chest (a group I’ve supported for several years now). Will post photos on my blog next week sometime.

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted August 30, 2013 at 2:18 am | Permalink

      5th of 5. Wow! That is such a lovely accomplishment. Thanks for inspiring me to finish one of mine.

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