Off to a good home

Today I was very happy to be able to donate these nearly 50 unfinished quilt tops to a local chapter of Daughter’s of the Nile, a charitable organization that supports the Shriners Hospitals for Children.

When our designers write a quilt pattern, we have it tested twice–once in fabrics from our storeroom, and the second time is the catalog sample done in the “real” fabric. The first tests are never quilted, and these poor unfinished quilts had been just piling up in storage for years. Now they’re off to be quilted and bound by generous Daughters of the Nile volunteers to comfort and warm children and teens being treated at the Shriners Hospitals. 

I recently watched Toy Story 3 with my daughter, and I cannot help but think of these quilts as the toys from that movie–each with their own personality and the desire to be loved and used. Thank you to the Daughters of the Nile for giving these unfinished quilts new life!


  1. cellogirl - December 3, 2010

    What a great contribution to a worthy cause. The Shriner’s hospital in Houston is a major asset with their excellent burn unit.

  2. lisa - December 3, 2010

    what a wonderful use for “cast off” tops. I often think of my poor tops as quilts who need friends and cuddles. I have about five right now, and that’s as many tops as I can handle before my heart breaks for them to be quilted. Usually I baste a batch at once after moving all the furniture in the livingroom and doing a GOOD vacuume!

  3. Leslie Ide - December 3, 2010

    How sweet! What a generous donation to a worthy cause in this season of giving. I’d love to see a follow up photo of one of the finished quilts in the hands of a Shriners Hospital patient. It would be a nice feature in a future CT catalog.

  4. Cat Lady - December 4, 2010

    Glad to see those “test” quilts going to a good cause. I know they will be put to excellent use and loving.

  5. Gayle - December 5, 2010

    I am thrilled to see that you are doing this coantribution to such a worthy cause. I think that I will be giving thought to doing such a contribution in the future. I enjoy making the tops/quilts but have not slept under many as it is rather warm in the South.