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Mission Quilts

There is, indeed, a transforming moment when a Quilt passes from our hands into another’s, and they embrace it.

– Kirk Betts, Former Chairman of the LWR Board of Directors, upon distributing LWR Quilts in Niger

When you make and send a Quilt, you are not only comforting someone you have never met, but providing an object that is useful in ways you probably never imagined.

The ultimate purpose of a Quilt is to provide warmth, an essential need for people in every climate, and LWR tries to ensure top standards in fabrics and filler accordingly.

In addition to being a cozy, clean new bed cover, it can be:

  • a baby carrier, tied around a mother’s back;
  • a market display, spread on the ground and piled with vegetables;
  • a sack for transporting those goods to market;
  • a sunshade;
  • a shawl; and most importantly
  • a constant reminder that someone, far away, cares a lot.

How to Make Mission Quilts

[Why do we include these guidelines?]

  • Please give new items only, except where otherwise noted
  • Please do not donate items with any religious symbols, messages or your congregation’s name.
  • Please do not donate any items decorated with a U.S. flag, patriotic or military symbols, or references to the armed forces, including camouflage.
1Place a piece of fabric measuring 64" × 84" right side down on the table, followed by a filler measuring 60" × 80", and then another piece of fabric, also measuring 60" × 80", right side up on top of the filler.
2Tie the layers together using crochet or similar cord, or machine-quilt them together.
3Bring the edges of the 64" × 84" piece over the top, pin and machine-stitch the edge, using a zigzag stitch if possible.

LWR Quilts should measure approximately 60" × 80". Full-size Quilts best serve adult recipients and children as they grow older. Please donate only full-size Quilts.


  • Get creative Quilt filler tips»
  • Quilt tops and bottoms can be made from whole pieces of fabric or any type of patchwork pattern of smaller squares. Twelve 21-inch squares or 48 eleven-inch squares sewn together using a half-inch seam allowance make a 60" × 80" top.
  • Recommended fabrics for Mission Quilts include cotton, cotton blends, twill, corduroy, polyester knits, fleece and donated upholstery and drapery samples (no fiberglass). Please ensure that there are no stains or holes before using in a Quilt.
  • Use crochet or similar cord for tying. It is easier to thread and pull through than yarn and is more durable. Ties should be no more than 8 to 10 inches apart.
  • Make a fundraiser part of your Quilt project and donate the funds needed by LWR to ship your Quilts overseas! Just $2.25 per Quilt covers shipping costs. Please make this donation to the Quilt & Kit Shipping Fund.

Print these instructions out in PDF format.

Quilt & Kit Tracker

Quilt & Kit TrackerYou can now log on to our Quilt & Kit Tracker and print out a special barcode to put on your shipment of Quilts & Kits. That way, you and your congregation can track your gifts as they reach those in need all around the world.

Packing & Sending Mission Quilts

  • Pack completed Quilts and Kits, like items together, in boxes. Label contents in LARGE, BLOCK LETTERS on the outside of the boxes.
  • Use strong cartons secured with packing tape, not to exceed 40 pounds.
  • Do not use plastic or paper bags to pack donations.

Include the name and address of your congregation on each box, label contents and send prepaid to or drop off at the LWR warehouse closest to you:

Lutheran World Relief
601 Main Street
PO Box 188
New Windsor, MD 21776
Lutheran World Relief
398 East Richmond Street
South St. Paul, MN 55075

The warehouses accept items year-round. Call ahead for driving directions and hours of operation if you are personally delivering your donations.

Looking for a volunteer project in the New Windsor, MD area? Visit the Brethren Center’s website to learn how you can help pack and prepare LWR Quilts and Kits for their overseas journey!

Join an Ingathering

Quilt MapEach year, dedicated volunteers coordinate LWR Ingatherings — local collections for LWR Quilts & Kits. Groups and congregations pool their donations and share the costs of getting the Quilts & Kits to LWR.

Find Ingatherings planned for your area »

If you know of an Ingathering in your area but do not see it listed, or would like to volunteer to organize a new Ingathering, please let us know.

Quilt & Kit Shipping Fund


Shipping costs LWR about $2.25 per Quilt. Please give to the Quilt & Kit Shipping Fund, which pays for the shipping of donated Quilts and Kits.

Give $500 to sponsor a brick in the Good Samaritan Quilt Plaza at our Baltimore headquarters and help send 220 Quilts overseas!

The 2013 LWR Quilt Campaign

In 2013, LWR challenged Lutherans across the U.S. to donate 500,000 Quilts to send around the world to people in need. Visit the Quilt Campaign website to see how the challenge went!

Where do Mission Quilts Go?

Quilt map

View our interactive map, or download the latest Quilt & Kit Shipping Report (.pdf).

Still have questions?

Read more in Questions & Answers related to the Quilt & Kit Ministry.


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