There are many ways in which an individual, club,
church, neighborhood or business can help with this project.
Here are some ways you can contribute:
Monetary donations are appreciated. We have
joined Paypal which is a quick and easy way to make your
contribution. We are a 501(c)(3) organization and your
donation is tax deductible. We cash donations because we are
able to purchase quilting supplies wholesale which allows us to
purchase more for less. Your donation also helps us pay for
postage and other expenses.
Quilt Piecers are Needed. We need quilt tops, backs and
bindings. All of the quilts are patriotic colors and should be
at least 63x87 inches. Many of the returning wounded service
members like to wrap the quilts around themselves and look for the
Long Arm Quilters are needed. Please e-mail or call if you
are interested, we need you!
American Hero Quilt Standards|
Quilts should be made from 100%
good quality cotton
Quilts should be
approximately 63x87 inches. We find that many
of the soldiers need the extra length and width to keep warm.
The quilts should be red,
white and blue fabric.
Backs should be 100% cotton
and 10 inches larger on each side. For example: If the
quilt top measures 63x87 inches, the back should be 73x97 inches.
Please don't use beige or
white fabrics on the back. Many of our injured soldiers have
open wounds which can cause stains.
Binding should be cut 2 1/2
inches wide, at least 300 inches in length, and sewn diagonally
rather than straight across.
Now you can contribute by
|American Hero Quilt Standards:
- Quilt tops should be no less than 63" wide and 87"
long up to twin size (69" x 90").
- Quilt back fabric should be at least 5" larger on all
- Fabrics should be of good quality and 100% cotton.
white and blue fabrics should coordinate well within the quilt to
create a sense of pride and patriotism for adult
- Fabrics that cannot be used on backs of
quilts (the fibers from these fabrics can interfere with
the healing process of wounds):
- fabric with sparkles
- Fabrics that should not be used on backs
- light colored fabrics, muslin because some of our injured
have open wounds which can cause stains
fabric must be washed and ironed before it can be
used. If you are not able to send the fabric
ready for use, please
and we will have a volunteer contact you.
- Fabric for bindings: 8 strips 42" long,
and 2.5" wide. The fabric used for the bindings should be cut in
strips from the width of the fabric. This is because the binding
on a quilt is it's weakest point. If a lot of small pieces are
sewn together for the bindings, it makes it even weaker.
Thus...using longer pieces actually will increase the strength of
the bindings and help maintain the quilt for a much longer period
those sewing quilt tops, please remember to
trim all the threads from the back side of the
quilt. It can take a long time to "fish" a piece of
thread out of the top of the quilt after it has been long armed.
We want to make our volunteer long arm quilters' work as easy as
possible so that they have time to be creative, as well as
complete the maximum amount of quilts.
- Please see Contact
Us for information on where to mail finished quilt
tops, with coordinating bindings and backs.
we have such stringent standards?
wounded soldiers have fought for our freedoms, and are
hospitalized to recover from injuries sustained during that fight.
The civilian citizens of America should be grateful to these
warriors for defending our freedoms.
quilt represents many hours of love and an opportunity to show the
recipient that Americans do care about their sacrifices.
- These quilts are considered "treasures" by those who
receive them. Some recipients want to know how to frame them to
protect them, as well as display them as a constant reminder that
the sacrifices made are appreciated by the citizens of our fine
- Often these quilts are enjoyed day after day by those who
have received them, wrapping themselves in them as though they
continue to receive the hugs they represent.
who receive these quilts want to pass them down to their own
children because of what the gift represents.
- American Hero Quilts are not made for just anyone. They are
made for real American heroes. How could we not have standards for
these gifts of love?