Charity Quilting (Quilt Batting alternatives)

Charity quilting and Quilt batting alternatives!

A close up of one of the quilts, folded
A close up of one of the quilts, folded

On a visit to the grandparents I discovered my grandmother was leading an annual charity project to donate quilts to an orphanage in Africa. How perfect, I thought! I want to learn to quilt! What a wonderful way to practise. I had been holding off as I had no one to quilt for.  I have made rag quilts before, but never a traditional top/batting/bottom/binding type of quilt.

After a freecycle.org want ad sent out for cotton fabrics; I was loaded and prepared with yards of fabric and pre-cut squares to make many quilts!  I set out to make a basic patchwork quilt.

A total of 8 quilts completed. 2 flannel quilts and 6 others. From farm animals, crazy cats, bright watermelon, to flowers, butterflies, and baby bottles.. These quilts have a wide assortment of designs and will be well loved by Children in an African orphanage!
A total of 8 quilts completed. 2 flannel quilts and 6 others. From farm animals, crazy cats, bright watermelon, to flowers, butterflies, and baby bottles.. These quilts have a wide assortment of designs and will be well loved by Children in an African orphanage!

Well 6 standard quilts, 2 baby quilts, & 3 weeks later… I think I have mastered the basics! And my wonderfully whimsical & bright quilts are ready to go on and be loved by children across the world! What a wonderful idea this was!

Not only was this a great charity opportunity & a skill confidence booster, but an amazing way to interact and bond with my awesome Grandmother!
If you are interested in this charity – or other charities like it where you can put your crafty side to work, let me know!

In future I promise to do a full tutorial on making a basic block or stripe quilt. Once you get started – a project like this will take a full 8 hr day. For my sanity I didn’t do it all at once!

Block and striped quilts
Block and striped quilts with flannel sheets and plain blankets as batting.

Quilt Batting ideas:

Batting can be purchased at sewing and craft stores, but if you are looking to make a quilt, consider these cost saving options:

  • a flannel sheet
  • an old blanket (with little stretch) found at a thrift store
  •  an old comforter (for puffy quilts)
  • fleece
  • cotton towels

When piecing together two smaller pieces that you intend to use for quilt batting, place the fabrics side by side with right side-up.  Overlap one piece 1″ over the other.  Sew with a large zig zag stitch to attach the two pieces.  This way you will not have a ridged seam that may show in your finished quilt.