We can't believe how quickly this year is flying past. We've had lots of enquiries already about our Christmas Quilt Drive, along with requests for project options, so we are releasing all of the information a little earlier than usual. Here is everything you need to know...
We are thrilled to announce that this year you can choose between two options! Quilts or Stockings, and if you are enthusiastic maybe both. Please read right to the end to cover all of the instructions and FAQs from past years.
Christmas Quilted Stockings
We are grateful to Amy Smart who blogs at Dairy of a Quilter for providing permission for us to use her 'Easy Quilted Stocking Tutorial'. You can find the instructions to make your Christmas Quilted Stocking here.
Christmas Quilts for Tiny Sparks WA
Size 16" x 24"
41 cm x 61 cm
Piece backing approx. 18" x 26" (45cm x 65 cm) - white or cream
Piece 100% cotton light weight batting/wadding same size as backing piece.
Small amounts of Christmas coloured fabrics.
Any basic 4" or 8" block pattern
Keep blocks simple.
Avoid using yellow or gold.
Use conventional quilt binding or a commercial satin or pre-made binding or finish by “bagging” then turning through to right side. Top stitch around edge if using last method.
100% cotton fabrics (though not essential) are easier to work with.
A - Basic 4" Block - Total of 24 squares cut 4 ½" x 4 ½ " in Christmas colours
- Arrange design into 6 rows of 4
- Join together into rows with ¼ " seam.
- Press seams in row 1 to the right, in row 2 to the left, row 3 to the right etc
- Join the rows together.
B - Basic 8" Block - Cut 6 squares 8 ½" x 8 ½ "in at least 2 Christmas colours.
- Sew into 3 rows of 2.
- Press seams in alternating directions then join rows together.
- Lay the backing right sides down, place the wadding on top and finally the pieced top right sides up. Pin together and quilt.
- Prepare binding by joining the 2 bits end to end with a mitred (angled) seam.
- Press in half lengthways. Sew onto the right side of the quilt having ALL raw edges level. Mitre the corners as you sew.
- Trim off the excess from the edges.
- Handstitch the folded edge of binding over onto the back of the quilt.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How many items will you need? - We will need a minimum of 220 items to mail out across 20 neonatal units state wide so that every baby in a neonatal unit on Christmas Day receives a gift.
- Can I deviate from the instructions/patterns/specifications? – No, we ask that you follow the instructions carefully. They have been set out for a reason. The hospitals have very specific guidelines about what can be around the babies in the NICU and SCN. In particular please ensure the backing for your quilt is white or cream.
- What material should I use? – Quilting fabric, 100% cotton (or very close please). No flannel.
- Should I prewash the material? – Either way is fine please.
- What cotton should I use? - Cotton or poly/cotton blend is fine.
- What designs can the material have? – Anything that is in the Christmas spirit, please make sure the design is child appropriate. The backing for your quilt must be white or cream.
- Can I add a personal touch to the stocking? – Yes! Embroidery and applique is fine.
- Can I add my name, sewing tag to the stocking/quilt? – Yes, we just ask that you keep it small.
- Can I contact you to make some other arrangements? Given the volume of donations we handle we cannot make individual arrangements.
- Will I get a personalised response about my donation? We will attempt to acknowledge all donations sent in, although we are only able to do so if you provide us with your name and email address clearly written inside your package. We are unable to mail a response due to limited resources. Please allow for up to a month for us to acknowledge any items posted or hand delivered.
- How many stockings/quilts can I make? – We would prefer that each person make no more than 10 items each.
- What else can I sew for you? – We need sewers and knitters all year round. If you’d like to help further, please see the details here.
When and how can I get my donation to you?
- We require all donations by the 1st of December 2018. This will enable us time to sort and send out donations state wide in advance of the Christmas postal rush. Any donations received after this time will be put aside for next year.
- You can post your Christmas items to us at:
Tiny Sparks WA, PO Box 1114, West Leederville WA 6901
Please include your name and an e-mail address inside your parcel.
- Can you collect my quilt when I am finished? - No, we are a small team of volunteers and unable to collect your donation.
- I don't want to mail my donation, how can i get it to you? - Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for metropolitan drop off locations, alternatively you are welcome to come along to our Neonatal November event and leave your donation with us there.
If you have a question that has not been answered above, please email us at email@example.com We will do our best to respond as quickly as we can. Please keep in mind that we are all volunteers and this is a large project to manage so it may take a few days for us to get back to you.
We are so very grateful for your support and thank you for your time and energy in helping us to make Christmas in the Neonatal Unit a special time for our families.