This is a personal project with a personal message. It is powerful because each stitch stitched, and every piece of fabric chosen is done so knowing who this quilt is going to. We want you to have a child of your own, one you can think on and pray for as you are creating your quilt.
You e-mail me with your requested child’s name, your name, state and e-mail address. If they are available I will update their profile as “Taken” with your first name (no last name) and state next to their photo. If you would prefer not to be named on our website let me know you would prefer “anonymous” to be used. Even if you do not want the whole world to know who you are, we will be letting your child know your name – that is the whole point. No other information will be released to them without your express consent. We are very sensitive to privacy and will never release your personal information to any third party.
Clearly, if they already have a “Taken” next to their photo someone is already making a quilt for that child, so choose another.
We passionately encourage you to personalize your quilt for the receiving child. Their interests and hobbies can be found on their profile page where you found their photo. Let your quilt show that your workmanship was intended for one child - the one you picked. And add a blessing. Bless your child and write the blessing on the quilt label, so that they may read the blessing when they receive the quilt, and every day thereafter.
After you have completed your project mail it to us with the completed quilt form found on this website. Don’t forget to include a personal message to your child. We will send the quilt directly to the orphanage. Our experience has taught us that it can take 3-4 months for parcels to arrive at their destination in Africa, which means that with projects such as these, patience is a virtue.
If you can in anyway manage, please enclose $20 for postage of your quilt to Africa. If this is an undue hardship we will attempt to find private donors to cover the associated costs. Their names will be listed along with yours when the quilt is sent. Please note that when mailing parcels to Africa, they sometimes do go astray. This is no-one’s fault and can be quite heartbreaking for both sender and recipient. We will make every effort to ensure that your quilt arrives safely to your designated child. However, we cannot guarantee anything. Please believe me when I say that we want these quilts to arrive safely as much as you do.
Keep in touch
Making a nice quilt takes time. So how do we manage this? Keeping in mind that the value of this project lies in the one-on-one commitment, I was challenged with how to manage these connections with volunteers that I do not see every day or even know personally.
After considering many options, I decided that personal connections were more important than streamlined processing. Based on this is the decision that I decided that I will simply touch base via e-mail with each quilt maker periodically to check on progress and commitment. This will be a simple “are we still on track?” question, and I require only a simple “it’s going well”-type response.
I would ask that the quilt you make be completed within six months of choosing a child. If you need more time talk to me, we would like to keep these projects within a reasonable time-frame, but we realize that sometimes life is not always cooperative to tight deadlines.
If, for any reason, I repeatedly try and cannot contact you over the period of one month, I will assume that you are no longer making the quilt and your child will be released to be taken by another quilter.
If the wheels fall offWe understand that sometimes things can happen which may make you unable to follow through on this project commitment. Should you not be able to fulfill your commitment to make a quilt for the chosen child, just e-mail me to let me know and we will allocate your child to another quilter. This way the child will not go without.