I recently requested a kit from Quilts for Kids. They partnered with Downy for the Touch of Comfort program, which enabled them to have an awesome program where anyone could request a quilt kit, for free, and they mailed it out to you to make, and you then send the finished quilt back and they donate it to a needy child in one of the participating hospitals.
After I found out about the program, I requested a kit. My kit came in just a few days. Check out how cute it is.
It comes with instructions and a 9-patch pattern, the pieces are already cut and ready for strips to be sewn and further cut. There's also a label to fill out and attach.
I set to work making the quilt, and it was very easy and quick to put together. I actually finished the whole thing a month or so ago, but it took me a while to get to quilting and binding, and then a while longer to wash it and get it ready for mailing. But now it's finally totally done and ready to go in the mail tomorrow!
I think it turned out really cute! I hope some very deserving kid will love it.
Here's a close up of the quilting...some of my first free motion quilting. I can definitely use some improvement, but I think it turned out pretty good for my first large scale project.
And here's a shot of the back and the label. There is a spot for your name, and the name you've give to the quilt. I decided to call this one "Puppy Love," it just seemed appropriate.
The binding and label were zigzagged on, as this was specifically requested so as to not catch IVs or other equipment when used by the recipient.
Overall I'm quite proud of it! Obviously, I probably wouldn't make something like this for myself, so it was fun to do a project outside of my comfort zone, and one for such a good cause. I really hope whoever receives this quilt will love it!
In other news...the family and I are going on vacation later this week, so I may be scarce around here for the next week or two (not that I've been that great about posting anyway!) I'm hoping to hit some fabric stores while we're gone so maybe I'll come back with some goodies to show everyone!