Offer comfort and care to neighbors in need through LWR quilts
Whether you make one or a few quilts as a solo quilter or hundreds as part of a quilting group, each Lutheran World Relief Mission Quilt you make will be cherished by the person who receives it. Check out the Quilt Resources below for guidelines and tips, and be sure to join our LWR Quilters and Kit-Makers Facebook group.
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LWR Mission Quilt FAQs
Full-size quilts best serve adults and children as they grow older. Making all quilts the same size also ensures an equitable distribution among recipients.
Ties can be any distance apart up to 10 inches.
It’s okay if fabric has letters and words on them, provided they are not of a religious or patriotic nature.
LWR provides quilts and kits based on need, regardless of religious creed. In some situations, including religious symbols or messages will jeopardize the delivery to people who most need the items. In some countries where LWR works, religious or patriotic symbols or language may cause confiscation or destruction of an entire shipment by customs officials.
LWR and our overseas partners have access to areas of the world others do not because we are impartial humanitarian organizations. If our intentions are misinterpreted as being politically motivated, our work, our partners and the people we assist could be endangered.
Getting your quilts from the US to their final recipients is a long process that can take several months or more. First, quilts need to be processed and prepared for shipment in one of our warehouses. This process alone may take six to nine months because of the volume of quilts and kits each warehouse handles. Quilts and kits are shipped on a first-in, first-out basis so there may be a large inventory of quilts in the queue ahead of yours for shipping. But it’s extremely important that LWR always maintains a healthy stock of quilts and kits so that we can act quickly when responding to a natural disaster or conflict that displaces large numbers of people and requires a large shipment to go out.
Please contact the warehouse to make arrangements for a tour. Only small groups (2-3 people) are permitted at this time.
Quilts need to include a center layer to add to its warmth, but batting is not specifically required. Check out these other options for quilt filler.
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 ample filler. For a baseline, consider that the combined layers of your quilts need to keep you warm if you go camping when nighttime temps are dropping into the low 50s
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