Quilts and Afghans
Everyone can appreciate the warm, secure feeling a quilt can provide, especially when facing an unpleasant experience. Whether many hours are spent on making a quilt or whether the quilt is made in a matter of minutes, quilts quickly become security blankets or binkies when an adult or child is under stress.
Quilts can be sewn, crocheted, or knitted. They can be just about any size, depending on the intended use of the quilt. Small, 24" square quilts are a good size for preemie babies; mid-sized 36" square quilts are a good size for toddlers. Larger quilts, 45" x 60" for instance, are better for older children or adults.
Directions for a simple, crocheted afghan are found here. Directions for sewing a quick quilt are found here.
These quilts (crocheted afghans) were donated to an orphanage in China. They are about 24" square, and they are built from simple granny squares.
Organizations, such as The Linus Connection in Round Rock, Texas, provide hand-made quilts for sick or abused children. The Linus Connection accepts quality hand-made quilts on the third Saturday of every month at St. Phillips Methodist Church off RR. 620 in Round Rock. For more information, look at their web site.
Here are samples of quilts donated to The Linus Connection.
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