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Donating Quilts

In light of feeling unsettled during election week, I decided to go through my quilts. I was able to gift or donate 14 quilts, and it helped me feel calm and like I was putting out love and positive energy. After all, quilts are made to be used and loved and I can’t keep them all.

Some friends locally helped me get quilts into the hands of people going through hard times. I received the sweetest note in reply from the recipient of Oh Happy Day:

Wow! I was speechless! It’s absolutely one of the best gifts we have ever gotten. [F]rom the bottom of our hearts, thank [you] for this lovely quilt!!

I mailed off a few quilts to friends to were poll workers for the election. I am deeply grateful for everyone who volunteers and helps make our democracy work.

I took the majority of the quilts to my therapist, who has a knack for knowing just who needs a little extra love and comfort in their lives and has paired quilts with recipients for me in the past.

Synesthetic Alphabet - Front Post-Wash

Synesthetic Alphabet

A few of the quilts are deeply meaningful to me and my husband, but we know that they will be well loved in their forever homes, and that matters a lot to us right now.

Beacon

Beacon

May we all continue to seek the light, and I hope the quilts I sent out create ripples of love and care that continue to amplify.

17 thoughts on “Donating Quilts

  1. Kathy R. says:

    You have a big heart! Your quilts are beautiful and to donate to others shows it. Your work on them will be appreciated by anyone who receives one. This will make someone a Happy Thanksgiving.

  2. MJ Snyder says:

    Your generosity and love will change the lives of the receivers of the gifted quilts. What a great idea! Hope you have a safe and happy holiday season. ❤️

  3. Lea says:

    Hi Yvonne, what a generous and kind thing to do. You have lifted the spirits and put smiles on the faces of a lot of people, some that you don’t even know. Lord knows our world needs this right now, and always. Quilts are such very special gifts.

  4. Lea says:

    Hi Again Yvonne, I forgot to tell you these quilts are gorgeous!!!!

  5. I’m sure it wasn’t an easy decision to let all of those beauties go, but I’m confident those quilts will bring much comfort and joy to another. What a nice gesture!

  6. What a generous decision. It is true that they number many and are so better off in a place where they give comfort. My heart is full this morning with your generosity.

  7. Cathy H says:

    What a truly loving heart you and your husband have to gift quilts to those who need a little extra love right now. I’m certain that they were well appreciated.

  8. You are so talented and wonderful. I wish that I had that many finished quilts to give away, but alas they are all just tops right now. I especially love that you gave some to poll workers. They are the unsung heroes right now. It’s a wacky world and thank you for spreading some kindness and love when it’s needed more than ever!!

  9. Linda says:

    That was a wonderful thing!

  10. Annette says:

    Yvonne, you are amazing girl! Thanks so much for for this post today and thank you so much for being such a wonderful, caring, giving person. If everyone were like you, this world would be a better place. We must all hang tuff and be strong. We can do this. We must!

  11. wandacarole says:

    Wow! So cool. Thank you for sharing your adventure and pictures to go with it.

  12. Joanne H. says:

    What a wonderful idea! I have been trying to decide what I am going to do with the mountain of quilts that I have here, as many are no longer needed for class samples or trunk show visual aids. I have donated many quilts and it warms my heart to think that something I made can bring comfort to someone in need. With that being said, I feel that I want to find a new/different group of recipients. While I explore these new avenues, my children and grandchildren will be given the opportunity to choose what they want. While I know this will be challenging and emotional for me to do, I know that these quilts will do more good for other people if they are not just sitting in house. Thank you for the nudge to follow through and actually do this. Happy Thanksgiving!

  13. Isabelle Doblanko says:

    Such kindness! Your generosity will touch the lives of people in ways that you may never know, but rest assured those quilts bring lots of comfort and caring to those who receive them.

  14. patty says:

    What a lovely thing to do!

  15. Marie says:

    kindness is the only way we are going to get thru all of the chaos in our worlds … thank you …

  16. Parting with quilts is hard, but most of us only have so much storage. Sounds like you tried to make each gift count. What a great way to go into the Thanksgiving holiday.

  17. Having recently parted with my Meadow Mystery quilt, I have an inkling of an idea of how hard it is, but wow fourteen beauties… You have done an amazing gesture by doing this, and I am blown away by it. What Annette said is so true. Thank you for your generous spirit. Truly such a light.

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