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Helping Others

The Comforting Quilts Committee coordinates the efforts of members of Northwest Quilters to supply hundreds of quilts to those in need in the local tri-county area.    Twin quilts benefit children moving into new homes through Habitat for Humanity, children in residential psychiatric care, abused and homeless women, children, families in shelters.  Lap to throw size quilts are given to children placed in foster homes under urgent circumstances and a hospice agency.  Lap quilts go to a palliative care unit, an organ transplant bank, and to keep elderly in nursing homes warm.  Bunk quilts provide comfort to those attending an HIV summer camp. Doll quilts go to the Portland Fire Fighters 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.  We also donate a limited number of quilts for auction or raffle to other non-profits or charities. In the 2022-2023 fiscal year, Comforting Quilts donated 2,959 quilts.

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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 and lap quilts for the elderly in care facilities.  Since 2000, hundreds of these Build-A-Block quilts have been made and donated.  These are truly a community effort as so many people have a hand in making each of these unique quilts.

Toy & Joy

NWQ donated 1,759 doll and infant quilts to the Portland Firefighters Toy & Joy program in calendar year 2022. We are continuing to collect quilts for donation during the holiday season this year.  Your little quilts can be dropped off at our guild’s general meetings each month, or at the Mill End Store on Comforting Quilts workdays.

Comforting Quilts Workdays 

Comforting Quilts is back but with new processes to keep everyone safe while continuing to make the hundreds of quilts to benefit children and adults still in need.  Please read the Comforting Quilts Workdays guidelines for the current information on how you can best help.

Jellybean Factory Workshop

The Jellybean Factory we held on November 13th, 2023 was a very sociable and productive meeting attended by more than 80 guild members.  More than 30 lap quilts were started, 2 twin quilts were tied, a dozen quilts' bindings were finished, and several lap backs were  made. We thank everyone who participated and look forward to our next Jellybean Factory which will be on November 10th, 2025. Details will be published in the Patchword and on this website.

Comforting Quilt Sizes

Twin    60” x 80”

Bunk   50” x 74”

Throw 45” x 60”

Lap from 42” to 45” square

Crib 36” x 42”

Infant  36” square

Doll 18” x 18” up to 25” x 25”




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