Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Can You Spare a Square?

Every year at Christmas, the South Central Region of the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Service takes donations of quilts for children living in foster care in South Central Kansas.  I have wanted to participate in this quiliting project ever since I read about it.

The deadline is typically late November, but you know how quickly the days fill up in the autumn!  So this year, I am going to start EARLY.  I recently discovered the blog Inspired By Charm and read about Michael's "Spare a Square" quilt project.  Immediately, I thought of the quilts for Kansas foster children.

So, I'm asking for your help.  Do you have some nice fabric scraps in your collection?  Can you "Spare a Square" for a quilt that will be given to a foster child this Christmas? 

Here are some guidelines:
1. I'm asking for 6 inch squares of 100% cotton fabric.  It should be a nice quilt-weight fabric, so not too thin or too thick, please.
2. The greatest need is for twin sized quilts for older children and teens, so please spare a square that would be appropriate for a pre-teen or teenager.  Something bright and colorful and as gender-neutral as possible. 
Think lime greens, oranges, yellows, aquas, blues and reds.

Just to clarify, I'm only asking for 6 inch fabric pieces.  No quilting skills required on your part!  Just send me your leftovers!

If you are interested in donating a square, please send them to:

Heather at Tallgrass Design
PO Box 3041
Olathe, KS 66063

I'll let you know when I have enough squares.  And I'll keep you posted on the progress of the quilt.

It would be great if you'd spread the word!  I'm adding buttons on the right for your blog.  If you donate a square, please take a button to display proudly!

Update:  The buttons should be working now!  I missed an "http" when I typed the codes the first time.  Oops! 


  1. wishing you the best of luck with this project! i'll be putting a square or two in the mail!

  2. posting about your wonderful project here:

  3. Hi Heather,
    We have stayed at Michaels's B&B many times and I visit his website/page on FB as well. This is where I learned of the wonderful quilt project the SCR Dept of S & R Service does.
    I am mailing some fabric to help with the wonderful act of kindness the department is doing for the children.
    God bless!
    Marsha from PA

  4. Hi Heather...I just found your sweet blog and now am following....funny I have been thinking about this same kind of project for a while now...I have been wanting to do some quilts for a couple of different place here...like Restoring Lives West and one of the Missions and for my MIL's church circle they make up packages for infants and children...but anyway I am gonna look to see what fabric I have for you...I guess it is time for me to get started on this myself...and Thank you for what you are doing and for inspiring me to get busy on mine...I think I might ask the blog world for some help on this too....
    Have a Blessed day

  5. Heather I just tried to add your share a square button to my blog and it will not show up right....
    also I have stated on my blog about spare a square for the quilts I want to make also....now I really got to get busy...

  6. Heather,
    This is a belated thank you for the note you sent me in response to the donated squares of fabric I sent. Today I am 'stopping by' to see the progress you have made on it since then.
    I wanted to add the 'button' to my FB page but am not sure how to go about it. I'd like to add it in hopes others see it and will begin to donate fabrics to any projects you do in the future.
    God Bless!
    Marsha from PA


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