Omer Vancin holds a stack of Lutheran World Relief quilts about to be delivered to families in need in Antakya, Hatay, Türkiye.

Understanding the new Quilt & Kit Ministry Guide

  • Niki Clark
  • Feb 7, 2024

There is no Lutheran World Relief without our quilters and kit makers.

You are passionate and compassionate and truly drive this Ministry. The labors of your love surround our neighbors in need, bring hope and change lives. We are so grateful for you and the service you do in Christ’s name.

We recently shared our new Quilt & Kit Ministry Guide with you. It’s filled with inspiring stories and incredible profiles — all showcasing the way you reach our neighbors in need, no matter how far.

We’ve also included some updated recommendations in the new guide. These are suggestions to ensure that your dedicated work arrives in the hands of our neighbors like it left yours and holds up through many years of love and use.

Our Ministry team members, Martha Piedrasanta and Mary Tereszkiewicz, highlight these recommendations in the video below.

What you need to know!

The only RESTRICTION continues to be the use of fleece in quilts and all kits.

While we cannot accept fleece, we will accept other fabrics that include microfiber.

We RECOMMEND tying LWR Mission Quilts with double knots or square knots no more than 6 to 8 inches apart.

If your knots are 8 to 10 inches apart because of quilt pattern and/or type of filler, THAT’S OKAY! Please still send them in! Your quilts see lots of use and even more love, so our recommendation is only so our neighbors can enjoy them for many years to come.

We RECOMMEND wrapping all Personal Care items in a towel and securing them with ribbon or yarn.

If you have used rubber bands instead, THAT’S FINE! Please still send them in! These kits travel far distances to reach our neighbors, and rubber bands tend to break during shipping. We only want to ensure they arrive in the hands of our neighbors exactly as they left yours, which is why we recommend ribbon or yarn!

We RECOMMEND contributing to the Quilt & Kit Shipping Fund to help offset the ministry’s rising transportation costs.

This is NOT a requirement. It is mentioned in every guide because this fund helps cover part of the ministry's transportation costs. Simply said, it costs us more to send a quilt to our most vulnerable neighbors than it did several years ago. The Quilt & Kit Shipping Fund helps offset some of these expenses and is a great way to get your congregation involved.

We appreciate all that you all do to put your faith into action. You are the heartbeat of this ministry, and we are so grateful for the compassion and love you put into every quilt and kit. You are Christ’s hands and feet in the world.

See your Quilt & Kit Impact in 2023

Niki Clark, Feb 7, 2024 email