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Make 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

Imagine the comfort and care you feel when you snuggle under a comforter or wear a piece of clothing made or worn by a loved one. That’s the feeling you share through an LWR Quilt. In a simple combination of fabric and thread, you reach out to people in their time of greatest need with a strong message of hope — you are not alone.

First and foremost, recipients use their LWR Quilts to shield against the cold and rain, and for warm bedding. But their versatility also makes Quilts useful as simple tents, floor coverings, or a wrap to hold a baby on a mother’s back.

How to Make Mission Quilts


  • 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.

Three Easy Steps:




Place 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.


Tie the layers together using crochet or similar cord, or machine-quilt them together.


Bring 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 adults and children as they grow older. Please donate only full-size Quilts.

The ultimate purpose of a Quilt is to provide warmth, so please choose your fabrics and filler accordingly. Even in warmer climates, temperatures can drop dramatically at night, requiring a Quilt with sufficient filler.

Quilt tops and bottoms can be made from whole pieces of fabric or any type of patchwork pattern or smaller squares. Twelve 21″ or forty-eight 11″ squares sewn together using a 1/2″ seam allowance make a 60″ X 80″ top.

Keeping in mind that LWR quilts will be washed frequently and used for many purposes, we recommend sturdy, washable fabrics such as cotton, cotton blends, twill, corduroy, polyester knits, fleece, and donated upholstery and drapery samples (no sheers or fiberglass). Please ensure that there are no stains or holes before using fabrics in a quilt.

Crochet cord or embroidery floss is easier and sturdier for tying. You may use yarn, but pay attention to the quality to ensure a sturdy quilt. Ties should be no more than 8″ to 10″ apart.

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Support the Cost of Shipping

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.

  • truck of LWR Quilts and Kits in the Philippines

    Quilt & Kit Shipping Fund


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

Track Your Quilts (optional)

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.


Log on to find your congregation

Username: Donor01
Password:  2012BSC


PRINT out a special barcode to put on your boxes.


TRACK your Quilts online as they travel overseas to people in need.

Learn more about the Quilt & Kit Tracker

Packing & Sending Your 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.

Join an Ingathering

Each 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»

No Ingathering? No Problem.

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!

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Contact Us

Call us: (800) 597.5972, or (410) 230.2800