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 and a transitional/rehabilitative housing program for women. 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 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. We also donate a limited number of quilts for auction or raffle to other non-profits or charities. In the 2019-2020 fiscal year, Comforting Quilts donated 2,284 quilts and other items.
Comforting Quilts Workdays and Curbside Service
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 and Curbside Service new guidelines for the current information on how you can best help.
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 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.
Toy & Joy
NWQ donated 1,933 doll and infant quilts to the Portland Firefighters Toy & Joy program in calendar year 2021. We are continuing to collect quilts for donation during the holiday season this year. Your little quilts can be dropped off at the Mill End Store on the days and times listed in the calendar.
Jelly Bean Factory Workshop
The virtual Jellybean Factory we held on November 8th was a very sociable and productive meeting during which many crib quilts were started. By the end of 2021 we had received more than 50 completed quilts, and we thank everyone who participated.
Hopefully we'll hold an in-person Jellybean Factory in November 2023.
Comforting Quilt Sizes
Twin 60” x 80”
Bunk 50” x 74”
Throw 45’ x 60” (approximate)
Lap from 42” to 45” square
Crib 36” x 42” (approximate)
Infant 36” x 36”
Doll 18” x 18” up to 25” x 25” (approximate)