Beloved Quilts for the Homeless

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Why quilts? Why bother?

Our goal is simple: to make and distribute 100 quilts to people living on the streets or in shelters due to poverty, violence, sickness, or misfortune. Our focus is the greater Boston area; our mission is to remind the recipients of these quilts that they matter and that their community sees and cares for them.

HOW CAN I HELP?

We're looking for help in the following ways:

1) Quilting talent: people or groups who want to pitch in and build quilts themselves. Send an email to pascha[at]pfactory.org for information on how you can take part in or throw your own quilting party.
2) In-kind donations of fabric, thread, fleece and other components.
3) Cash donations to go towards those expenses for which we cannot locate in-kind donations.

The expected cost per quilt is $36.50, thanks to generous underwriting via an Artists Grant from the Somerville Arts Council. For 100 quilts, our cash or in-kind donations needs are: $3,650!

Please consider building or sponsoring a quilt yourself. Click here to make a donation via the supervising organization, The Possibilities Factory.

WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO MAKE A QUILT?

Costs per quilt:

$8. Batting
$7.5 Adhesive
$5. Edging
$5. Fleece Back
$18. Fabric
$2. Thread
$1. Prep Materials
($-10) Somerville Arts Council Underwriting
$36.50 Total Per Quilt

And about ten to twenty hours of time.

WHY SO MUCH? COULDN'T THE MONEY BE SPENT IN BETTER WAYS?

In conceiving of this project, we struggled with the question of how many quilts to make and at what price. But the more we talked about it and the more we tried to drive the price down, the cheaper we felt.

The quilts are a labor of love, plain and simple. We wouldn't manage the costs of a quilt for our parents or our children by working with the least expensive materials. Love, by its nature, is a little wasteful; we buy flowers knowing they will soon be gone. It doesn't keep us from enjoying their beauty.

OK, BUT WHY QUILTS?

'Home' is more than a building. We want to provide a travelling piece of home these recipients can take with them during a transient time in their lives. A simple, but dignifying action.

Thanks for reading this and considering helping us out.

Best,

Pascha & Paul Griffiths

2 Comments:

  • The gift of beauty is one of the most powerful means by which we can love people. I like your analogy of purchasing flowers, knowing that they don't last forever, but enjoying their beauty maybe even more because they're only here for a little while. Just think how beautiful these handmade quilts will be, even with (or perhaps because of) the loved-in quality they'll get on the streets. I am so thrilled to know about the PFactory quilt project. Count me in.
    -DT, Cambridge

    By Blogger Danny, at 10:31 AM  

  • How can I get this going in my area?

    By Blogger Vicky and Bruce, at 12:09 PM  

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