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Comforting Quilts

Comforting Quilts coordinates the efforts of members of Northwest Quilters to supply hundreds of quilts to those in need. Doll quilts go to the Portland Fire Fighter's Toy & Joy program to brighten the lives of thousands of children. Infant/crib quilts are donated to fire stations and organizations servicing at-risk/low-income babies. Twin quilts benefit children moving into new homes through Habitat for Humanity, children in residential care and a transitional/rehabilitative housing program for women. Lap to throw-sized quilts are given to hospice agencies and an organ transplant bank. Lap robes keep elderly in nursing homes warm, and bunk quilts make it possible for many to attend an HIV summer camp. We also donate a limited number of quilts for auction or raffle to other non-profits or charities. 1,846 quilts were donated in the 2015-2016 fiscal year through the Comforting Quilts and Community Outreach committees.


Men, women and children design blocks at NWQ's annual Quilt Show. Guild members sew the blocks, which are then used in twin quilts for children, such as the ones shown below. Since 2000, hundreds of Build-A-Block twin quilts have been made and donated. These are truly a community effort, as 35-45 people have a hand in making each of these unique quilts.

Build-a-Block quilt

Build-a-Block quilt

Toys & Joy

NWQ donated 1,115 doll and infant quilts to the Portland Firefighters' Toy & Joy program at the December, 2015 meeting.

Jelly Bean Factory Workshop

The Jelly Bean Factory at the November, 2014 general meeting produced 800 four-patch blocks; enough to make 40 crib-sized quilts. Guild members brought sewing machines and were sewing, cutting, pressing and putting blocks on the design wall. Eight small quilts were hand-tied. The next Jelly Bean Factory workshop is at the NWQ general meeting on November 14, 2016.

jelly bean pattern

jelly bean workshop 2012

jelly bean workshop 2012


Comforting Quilts workdays are held the Wednesday before the NWQ general meetings each month. The Mill End Store in Milwaukie, Oregon allows us to meet in their upper level classroom. During our workdays, we make quilt kits to hand out at guild meetings, prepare quilts for tying or quilting, and tie some of the quilts. Local individuals or organizations also tie our quilts. Come join us -- we work hard and have fun. You are welcome anytime between 9:30 am and 2:00 pm. Bring a lunch. No experience required, and it's a good way to learn from other quilters.

Comforting Quilts Workshop Dates

Workshops are held at

The Mill End Store, upper level classroom
9701 S.E. McLoughlin Blvd.
Milwaukie, Oregon

9:30 am - 2:00 pm

August 9
September 6
October 4
November 8
December 6

January 3
February 7
March 7
April 4
May 9
June 6
July 4
August 8

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November 2003 meeting

Christmas fabric from swap meet

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Setting up for Nov. 2003 meeting

jelly bean pattern

mile-a-minute pattern

rail fence pattern

Rail Fence Pattern

Knit Caps

mile-a-minute pattern

jelly bean pattern

cowboy pattern


Comforting Quilts accepts donation of quilting supplies, such as 100% cotton machine piecing thread, 10 weight colored crochet thread, 100% cotton quilting fabric, quilts and quilt tops of specific sizes. Specific sizes are important because these are the sizes that our recipients can use. Quilts very much smaller or larger than those listed may not be useable by our clients. Below is a chart with quilt size information:
Quilt TypeSize
Twin60" x 80"
Bunk50" x 74"
Throw (Youth & Hospice)45" x 60" (approximate)
Lap Robeat least 42" square. No larger than 45" square
Crib36" x 42" (approximate)
Fire Fighters' Toy & Joy 
     Doll 25" x 25" (approximate)
     Infant 36" X 36"
Other Specifications:
All quilt donations need to be finished quilts, except the throw, bunk, or twin sizes, which may be just tops. Finished quilts may be quilted by hand or machine; or tied using double crochet (not yarn). We request the use of square knots placed no farther apart than 4".

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Comforting Quilts Committee

Carol Brown
Betty Tufenkian

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  Updated 31 August 2017