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The Quilt & Kit Ministry: Our longest running program

LWR distributed its first quilts in 1945 to families in war-torn Europe following the Second World War. Within a decade, the ministry was reaching around the globe to villages far removed from the world’s attention. Today, an average of 300,000 quilts are lovingly given worldwide each year.

LWR Mission Quilts are highly regarded throughout the world because of their quality and consistency. Your careful adherence to our quilt-making guidelines will ensure that every quilt is useful, consistent and fair.

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LWR Mission Quilt FAQs

Why do quilts have to be 60” x 80"?

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. 

Should quilting ties be 6, 8 or 10 inches apart?

Ties can be any distance apart up to 10 inches. Your quilt design and type of filler used will guide how close the ties should be. Keep in mind, quilts may also be used for floor mats, bed rolls, ground covers, baby carriers and wall dividers. They are often washed in concrete laundry troughs or on rocks in streams. Remember — the sturdier the quilt, the better!

Can quilt squares have words or letters on them?

It’s okay if fabric has letters and words on them, provided they are not of a religious or patriotic nature.

Why aren’t religious symbols allowed on quilts?

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.

Why aren’t patriotic symbols allowed on quilts?

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.

Why does it take so long for me to know where my quilts went?

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.

Is the warehouse open for tours?

Please contact the warehouse to make arrangements for a tour. 

Is batting required, or can I use something else in the middle?

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.

Do you all accept summer and winter 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 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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