Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I make a Piecing Hope Quilt?
Piecing Hope Quilts are elevated far beyond a bed covering into a symbol - a symbol of love, caring, respect and value. We pray that the making of your quilt will bring you much joy.
What type of fabric do you recommend for the quilt?
100% cotton quilting fabric is the best choice.
Can my quilt be tied?
No. Due to the heavy wear and frequent washings, we request that all Piecing Hope Quilts be machine or hand stitched with the manufacture’s recommended distance between stitches.
What kind of batting should I use?
The filler can be any kind of your choosing. Africa in general is warm, however the nights in winter are cool to cold. I typically use a natural cotton batting (such as Warm and Natural), as I have found that this is a nice breathable choice with good versatility. It is, however, up to you as to what you prefer. I would ask that the quilting (distance between stitching) be suitable for the batting you choose, as these quilts will be washed and adequate stitching will allow them to wear well.
Where do I send the finished quilt?
Please send the finished quilt to:
Piecing Hope Project
50 Stage Road
Nottingham, NH 03290
Who should checks be made out to?
What should I include in with the finished quilt parcel?
Your parcel should include:
- the quilt
- your personal message for the child
- the completed project form (print this off our website)
- $20 for postage (if you can manage, this would help us greatly)
See the “Getting Started” page on our website for more information
Do the children speak English?
Yes, every one of them. Although the children speak SiSwati to each other and within the community, every child (and teacher) at New Hope Center is fluent in English. They do all their schooling in English using an American-based home-schooling curriculum which allows individualized learning centering around the child’s needs and learning speed. Each child can read and write appropriate with their age level.
Why are these Abraham’s children?
All the children in the New Hope Center are officially adopted and have their last name changed to Abraham. In Africa, last names carry social weight and meaning. To remove the complications that this may bring, all the children accept the name of Abraham as they become part of this new family who will be theirs for the rest of their life.