243 Keepsakes Donated To Riley Children’s Hospital

On Friday, February 17th we donated an astounding 243 keepsake items to Riley Children’s Hospital Cheer Guild!  The breakdown of the donations are as follows:  118 quilts and crocheted/knitted  blankets; 51 pillowcases; 54 knitted hats; 9 pairs of booties; 8 scarves; one apron set for a girl and her doll: and 2 child activity books.

Each month I am overwhelmed with the donations and support you ladies continue to give this charity which is now in its 5th year.  The quilts and other donations we’ve given will be considered “keepsake items” and will be presented with discernment to families in need.  From my experience, those items are among the most precious that a family going through tragedy will receive.

The Mudsock Quilters Guild continues to set the bar high and reach it.  Take a look at these numbers:

  • February 2013 (first year for the charity): 21 quilts donated.
  • February 2014: 43 items donated.
  • February 2015: 102 items donated.
  • February 2016: 149 items donated.
  • February 2017: 243 items donated.

The talent this quilt guild has is unmatched.  As I was washing everything, I loved pulling out quilt after quilt, pillowcase after pillowcase, to see the bright cheerful fabrics and to imagine the smiles and joy on the faces of the children when they receive such treasures.  Megan Ali, the child life specialist for the Riley pediatric urology unit, will be thrilled to see those pillowcases.  From frogs to soccer balls to Colts to butterflies – they are sure to put a frightened child at ease in the operating room.  And the quilts – absolutely beautiful with a perfect balance between boy and girl quilts.

Again, thank you for all your contributions and support.  Listed below, as a reminder, are the special requirements for the quilts and blankets.  If you’d like to give in other ways than making a quilt, I will include those ways below as well.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Requirements of the quilts/blankets:

Size: suggested sizes are 45X60 or 72X80 (I realize these are large), but smaller will be accepted and appreciated.
Yarn: for knitted/crocheted blankets, yarn must be new
Other: NO TACKING!  There is to be no hand sewing whatsoever as this can get caught on IV tubing and other equipment.  100% cotton batting and 100% cotton fabrics are required.  Minky, fleece, flannel are all acceptable and encouraged – the kiddos love the soft feel and warmth of these fabrics.

Pillowcases:
The “hot dog pillowcase” is addictive to make!  It also hides all fabric raw edges which means no unraveled fabrics to catch little fingers.

Use fun, bright, festive fabrics for the kids to rest their weary heads on.

Other ways to donate without making a quilt:

Shout Color Catchers: I wash all of the quilts in fragrance-free detergent before bringing them to Riley each year.  I go through boxes of color catchers and can always use donations of these.  A big thank you goes out to the person who donated the box this year!
Cotton batting: Most of us use our stash to make the quilts we donate but batting can be pricey. Any batting donations would be greatly appreciated. Must be 100% cotton.
Continued support: Encouragement, prayers and good wishes sustain us all!