I spoke this morning with my contact at the Christian Appalachian Project about Mountain Baby Blankets. She was so excited! She explained that the CAP organization goes out into the community to care for many teen moms in Appalachian Kentucky. There is a great need for warm blankets there. They will be the agency putting our handmade blankets directly into the pudgy little hands of those in need.
Specifically, they have requested:
- Receiving-size blankets
- Blankets for swaddling (flannel, for example)
- Crib size quilts and blankets
- Child/toddler size quilts and blankets
- Twin size quilts and blankets
They have requested nothing larger than twin size.
Any comfortable material is fine, however, we must remember not to use anything that could choke a baby - buttons or beads or loose appliqué, for example. All materials should be machine washable. Please keep these things in mind while you are sewing.
Let's talk for a minute about sizing - for those of you picking up a needle (or rotary cutter) for the first time. These measurements are only approximate; sew what you'd like.
- Receiving / Swaddling Size: approx. 30" x 40" (receiving/swaddling blankets should be thin - flannel or broadcloth are great for this)
- Crib Size: approx. 36" x 50"
- Toddler Size: approx. 50" x 75" (this includes the drop on the sides - the part that hangs over the edge of the mattress)
- Twin Size: approx. 81" x 110" (this includes the drop on the sides - the part that hangs over the edge of the mattress)
You can find more information on quilt sizing at a favorite resource of mine - the Quilt Center - here.
Please contact me by email (address over there in my profile ------> ) when your blanket is finished and I will provide the address for mailing. I would also love to blog a photo of your finished blanket, so send them my way!
Ladies, pick up your needles!