140 thoughts on “Spread the Love, Quilting for Kids

  1. Elana goldberg

    Bernie you are amazing and I am so happy you are spreading the news of Amy’s incredible work!! I always wished for more quilters to step forward. The cat blanket you showed was actually seen by a child I work with in a Sunday sewing group in my town. She was 6 years old at the time, as was the recipient of that particular doll. With Amy’s help, the two girls have become penpals and have sent one another little gifts, letters and drawings. It has become a wonderful friendship.
    This is the incredible result of Amy “spreading the love”. I can’t waiy to see all the doll quilts that can be possible with your fabulous idea!! If I had the time, i would sew all day for A Doll Like Me! I must have 10 separate quilts in progress right now.
    Thank you for the incredible post interviewing Amy. She is a one of a kind angel for what she does. Everyone should know about her!!! Thank you for creating this generous event!!! May the quilts roll in and reach each and every child with a Doll Like Me!
    I will gladly put your link on my little site as well!

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Thank you Elana but were it not for your post, I may not have come across Amy and her wonderful shop. I was thrilled to read your posts and see the quilts you’ve made. Also, I just love that you have made these with young sewing students. What a wonderful way to teach kindness to our kids. Also, thanks for sharing this via your blog. 🙂

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  2. Lisa Marie

    Oh, I love this idea and I will participate. Judging from the photos it looks like the quilts are small. Is there an approximate size that is preferred?

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    1. Elana Goldberg

      Lisa, I have typically made mine 18-20″ x 24″ but that’s only because it’s the size that seems to fit my cutting matt best. Sometimes my quilts have been 25″ long or so, but it doesn’t matter to Amy. She’s open to anything that will work with an 18″ doll.

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    2. Bernie Post author

      Hi Lisa Marie, I have been making mine approximately 22″ x 24″ since the dolls are 18″ in size. It can certainly be a little larger or smaller but something like that would be perfect. Thank you for joining in with us and making little quilts for these little kiddos. <3

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  3. Gale Bulkley

    What an inspiring interview. One question – I have no idea how big a doll quilt should be. Could you recommend a suitable size range please?

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Hi Gale, Great question. I just updated the post for the other readers. How about approximately 22″ x 24″ since the dolls are 18″ in size. I can’t wait to see what you come up with. Email me a picture and share, ok? Have fun making these very special little quilts!

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  4. Katherine

    Great story! There are wonderful people out there!
    Thank you for sharing a need with us.
    What size quilt is preferred?

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  5. Wendy

    Just yesterday I was sitting with some bright colored left over pieces from a quilt I just finished, trying to figure out what to do with them. Now I have a plan. I think I can make them into a quilt for this cause. And I have some other fabric I’ve been wanting to use for a boy quilt. This is a fantastic plan, Bernie! I would like your recommendation on size, however. I am really excited to take part in this!

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Yay Wendy! I am so happy you are joining in. As for size, I would say anything close to 22″ x 24″ since the dolls are 18″ in size. Thanks so much for participating. I hope you will post about this to share with your readers too. Have a great day. 🙂

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  6. Tina Iaquinto

    What an amazing, inspiring post!! Once again, Bernie, your gift of telling a story shines and resonates with so many. Thank you for sharing this with all of us. I’m going shopping this weekend. Since I don’t quilt, maybe I can do a flannel blankets?

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    1. Bernie Post author

      For sure, a flannel blanket(s) would be great. So cozy. Have fun with it. It will be loved and appreciated. Thanks for joining in Tina!

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    2. Amy Jandrisevits

      I have been told that a friend is making a crocheted blanket…and perhaps even a fleece one. I think anything makes a great quilt (in fact, my little one is using dish towels for her dolls just because they were in the laundry basket!)

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  7. Kristie Cook

    This is a wonderful thing! I will definitely participate & spread the word. Some thoughts on the size – I found an article about making a quilt for an American Doll & they used two fat quarters, which are about 18×22. I think that would be a good size recommendation! Can’t wait to make some of these! I also know some Australian quilters that I’m sure would love to participate when you figure out the logistics. 🙂

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    1. Amy Jandrisevits

      This is thrilling on so many levels. The fact that quilts are coming from all over is exciting (Bernie, I should have my eight year old pull out a map!!!)
      I have a contact in Australia if we want to have them sent to her…

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  8. Preeti

    Please count me in. I’d be honored to participate in this beautiful project and share some love.
    Bernie, is there a deadline? Seems like the need would be ongoing.

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    1. Bernie Post author

      The need is absolutely ongoing and Amy would welcome quilts on a regular basis. For this event, I will be asking participants to share one (or more) doll quilts by the last week of February to be eligible for the prizes donated by Art Gallery tho. You are such a talented quilter and I know you will make a child very happy. If you’d share this on your blog, that would be very much appreciated Preeti!!

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    2. Amy Jandrisevits

      Actually it’s funny because one of my first concerns to Bernie was that I needed to ration them…for some of the emergency situations. So absolutely…the need IS ongoing.
      I think that it is such a great way to tangibly show caring…

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  9. Ramona

    I love this idea. I was a pediatric physical therapist for 34 years and worked with many kids with differences. I will happily make a quilt for this great cause. Maybe more.

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  10. Sherry V.

    I have posted a link to your blog post to my quilt guild’s Yahoo Groups page. . . .hopefully that will generate extra interest through our members.

    I will definitely make at least 1 quilt — it will be a great way to use up my bits & pieces of batting for a good cause.

    Do you know if Amy would be interested in crocheted or knitted blankets as well? Just wondering since I am a little faster with a hook than the sewing machine (and crochet is a bit more portable during camping season).

    Also, and I know your main purpose at this point is quilts, does she need clothes made as well? I could help with that too. . . .if it is needed.

    Thank you for bringing this to my attention. . . . .I had no idea.

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    1. Bernie Post author

      My first guess is yes to all you are offering. I will double check with Amy and confirm this for you. Back in touch soon Sherry and thanks so much!

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    2. Bernie Post author

      I got a very happy yes to both the crocheted or knitted doll blankets as well as doll clothes!! Start sewing and crocheting!!☺️👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

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  11. Pam

    Oh my goodness. What an inspiring and thoughtful post Bernie.This has touched me in so many ways. I am definitely making you some quilts. Thanks for sharing.xxo

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  13. Fonda

    Well now that I’m done my ugly cry from this touching story, thank you for doing this. My mind is already dancing with ideas. I have shared your post with 2 of my quilting friends. I look forward to following along and sending my contribution towards this incredible program.

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    1. Bernie Post author

      I know what you mean Fonda. It really touches me in a deep way. Thank you for participating and for sharing the info. ❤️❤️❤️

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    2. Amy Jandrisevits

      Sorry….that just made me laugh!
      I think that quilts are such a neat way touch someone…because you are covering them with love. And, man, if we don’t need more of that right now.
      Thank you for participating.

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  14. JanineMarie

    Oh my, you have inspired me already even before posting your quilts. It’s time to do some little quilts for a happy cause!! Thanks for sharing this wonderful interview!

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  15. Colleen

    I made several doll quilts for my granddaughter for an American Girl Doll themed birthday party. Well really my granddaughter and I made them we had extra and they looked very much like placements when they were just by themselves.
    It was a nice project to do together.
    I also tried different binding techniques, such as sewing the binding 100% with machine, using a flange, and trying different ways to join the binding ends.
    The children are appreciative of the uniqueness of their doll quilts and years later we have been told of them being well used.
    This is such a nice way to celebrate these children

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Thank you for sharing this. What a fun birthday party and a special time shared with your granddaughter making the quilts! Celebrating children is a great way to describe this project!

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  16. Char Taylor

    This is such a wonderful, wonderful thing. I would be happy to make as many quilts as I can finish in February. I’m also willing to continue to make them after February. I reorganized my sewing room today and I have more fabric than I can use in a lifetime. I will get started tomorrow. Can’t wait!
    Oh and thank you so much for posting this!

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Hi Char, thanks so much for the gift of your time making the doll quilts! The need is definitely ongoing- I also plan to continue making them after this event is done. So glad you are joining in!

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    2. Amy Jandrisevits

      First of all….more fabric than you can use in a lifetime. hahahaha!!! Who here can’t relate to that?
      Second…I would love to have a few who can make them after February. I always say that every doll tells a story and each is more amazing than the next. In my mind, they should ALL have a quilt!!!

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  17. Darlene H

    Wow Bernie, what a great organization. It touches the heart of this Granny. I have a special needs grandchild and have been privileged to take her to therapies and navigate preschool. Time to sew up some love.

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Well your grandchild is lucky to have you! Thank you for joining in and making some doll quilts! They will definitely be appreciated -have a great day Darlene!

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  18. Jan O

    Found you through Confessions of a Fabric Addict…
    I have a doll size quilt I’d be happy to send. Please send me the address. ochterbeckj (at) gmail (dot) com

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  19. Elizabeth Bolton

    OH! I am so delighted to read about this project! I’m in! When I have something finished, I”ll contact you for the mailing info – thanks to all for sharing this news!

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    1. Bernie Post author

      That is wonderful Elizabeth!! Thanks for participating and I look forward to seeing a picture of your doll quilt (s) Have a great weekend.

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  20. Janice

    I have been way behind on reading my blogs which I get via e-mail. I was considering deleting all the blog posts I hadn’t read up until today so I could be caught up again. This post was amongst the 100 or so e-mails I was about to delete and something made me click on yours. I don’t know why, but I am glad I did! I LOVE THIS IDEA. I would love to do a quilt for this cause, Berrnie! And I think I am supposed to. 🙂

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Hi Janice, This is so cool – I am so glad you picked mine as one to be read! I know how it feels when you have stacks of unread and just want to be caught up and start fresh. I am thrilled you will be joining in and hope you will post about it on your blog. Thank you and happy sewing!! Let me know when you need Amy’s mailing info.

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  21. Barbara Pellico

    I have been following “A Doll Like Me” on Facebook for awhile now, and I love all the stories of the kids who receive dolls. What a great idea to give a handmade quilt with the dolls! I will be making some quilts to donate. I don’t have a blog, but I do have LOTS of fabric scraps! When I finish a few, I will ask for the mailing address to ship them off. I have 2 kids adopted through the foster care system – kids are near and dear to my heart!

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  22. Amy Jandrisevits

    I want to respond to each of you individually. But I will start here.
    First of all I am SO touched by this response. When Bernie contacted me, I was thrilled. My mom is a quilter, so quilts are very special to me. I think I mentioned to Bernie that quilts are a tangible way to show love.
    I have been lucky to have a few quilters who share their works of art with the kids who receive my dolls (you can see them in the pictures). It’s such a nice touch because I think that families need to know that someone cares. When they arrive, I stash them away for unusual circumstances – it feels a bit like hoarding! I am grateful (and honestly I breathed a sigh of relief) to know that more are in the works. You can imagine that these are an additional comfort item. I mean, isn’t that what quilts are for?
    Elana Goldberg (https://thatfabricfeeling.wordpress.com/) has been an absolute angel in sewing for the dolls…sometimes on demand! LOL She connected Bernie and I; and I’m so glad she did.
    In the last 24 hours I have learned a few things about quilters. #1 – they are incredibly kind. #2 – they are so generous with their talents. I mean, it’s one thing to have a gift or a skill, but it’s entirely different to share it…particularly with people you have never met. #3 – quilters have always know that a quilt is a visual representation of “caring.” That’s such an abstract concept. You are all creating a way for someone, a little person, to see and touch and feel “caring.” #4 – quilters are humble. You might have read #3 and said, “No…I’m just doing something I love.” True…but it will have more of an impact than you know. If you know play therapy, you know that dolls are more than just toys – they are so important because it is a representation of the child. That doll wrapped in your quilt is a gift!
    So thank you. I am grateful. I am humbled. And I am incredibly excited.

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    1. Elana Goldberg

      Sending love back at ya…just finished 4 more doll quilts yesterday. Quilters beware….they are addictive to make and if you’re like me, you won’t be able to stop creating them!!!

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  23. Johanna Kitchen

    I would love to contribute some doll quilts for “A Doll Like Me”. I made some in the past for Ms. Claus by Deb Clark in SC – she has since stopped her Ms. Claus projects, and would like to again make small quilts with a purpose.
    I will not be able to sew this week, but will have some quilts by the end of next week. If you provide me with an address I will have some quilts mailed your way shortly.
    Thanks for taking up this worthwhile endeavor and offering the opportunity to others.

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  24. Linda Brayton

    I have a few doll quilts I made a couple of years ago that have been looking for a good home. I’d love to send them to you for Amy’ project. Please provide your mailing address and I’ll get them to you quickly. I’ll also send an email for each one with a picture so I’ll be entered in the drawing for the fabric giveaway, as you suggested for those who don’t have a blog or use Instagram.

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  26. Laureen Baker

    Bernie
    Two of the quilts that are on your poster I
    made for Amy. I love to see the finished product and how Amy matches it to a doll for a special child! ❤️ Each quilt I try to send a special message attached to it. I’m so happy to see others want to help. It brings me great joy and tears to my eyes.

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Hi Laureen, Thanks so much for letting me know you are the maker of some doll quilts for Amy. So nice to meet you! I like the idea of a special message contained in the quilt. That is really a cute idea. Keep an eye on the blog and I will share quilts as people make them and send me pictures. Take care and if you make more quilts, please share them with me!

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  27. Louise Hornor

    I just pulled out some orphan blocks of a fun Jungle themed novelty print and am piecing up some little tops. My goal is to have at least three finished doll quilts by Monday. I’d love to have Amy’s address to ship them off next week. Thanks for writing this up, Bernie!

    louise (dot) hornor (at) gmail

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    1. Bernie Post author

      That is wonderful Louise! I will email you her address in a few minutes. Will you be sure to link up at the end of the month so you will be entered in the drawing? Also, if you have a minute, share this on your blog? Thanks a bunch and have fun sewing sweet little quilts this weekend. 🙂

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  28. Susan

    Count me in! I have scraps left over from Project Linus blankets/quilts to make these small quilts for these kids in need.

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Yay Susan!! Thank you so much. Yesterday I dropped off two baby quilts for Project Linus, another very good cause. That was the first time I have given to Project Linus. So glad you are joining in!

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  29. Sandra

    Heart-warming post and such a wonderful idea Bernie! I can totally see why you were so excited about this! I’ll definitely be participating and spreading the word through my blog. So many needs for comfort in our world, so many, and we quilters rise to the needs always, as you mention.

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Thank you! I will also be asking for a Canadian quilter willing to be a central mailing point for quilts made in Canada. Then that person could mail them to Amy in WI. She will assist with the postage to get them to WI. But I think more quilters in Canada will participate if they can mail locally for less expense. Thoughts?

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    2. Amy Jandrisevits

      I keep saying that same thing. Quilters are so generous and so willing to share their talents in this way. My feelings are a bit overwhelming. Remember how Mr Rogers always said in difficult situations, to look for the helpers? Boy, these are those folks. These are the people that I want my kids to see and realize that there are WAY more kind and giving people than we realize.

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  30. Sue Shamekh

    I plan on making a doll quilt and will send it to you in March. Is there a deadline or will this be ongoing?

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    1. Bernie Post author

      This is an ongoing need for Amy. The only deadline is for being entered in the drawing for fat quarter bundles at the end of February- but absolutely we need the quilts on a long term basis. Thanks so much Sue!

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  32. Cindy Smith

    I read your blog post the other day and can’t get this off of my mind. I have to make some quilts for “Share the Love” and it is going to be so much fun! A bonus will be imagining a little girl or boy holding their doll with the quilt.
    Thanks for heading this up. You can send the address now or I will let you know when I am finished.

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Hi Cindy, I just love the enthusiasm I hear in your note! Thank you for joining in. If you like, it would be awesome if you shared this project on your blog to let your readers know about it too. Can’t wait to see your quilts.

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    2. Amy Jandrisevits

      I share your sentiments. When I sew these dolls, it feels a bit like the concept behind a prayer shawl. You think about the little person whose arms will hold it and hope that it offers some kind of comfort.
      Thank you so much for participating. I am truly touched.

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  33. Julie Lewis

    Just read about “Share the Love”. What a wonderful thing to do. I have been feeling sad that my granddaughters have out grown their American girl dolls and so my sewing outfits and quilts for them has ended. I loved doing that work. Then… I read about Amy’s work and I am so excited to get out the patterns and scraps for clothes and quilts. Just what this grandma needed!

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Julie- this makes me so happy!! I have really been enjoying sewing these sweet doll quilts too. Later this week I will do a post about making hospital gowns for the dolls. Amy would like to have an assortment to give to children that are dealing with hospitals, surgeries and other times where they will be wearing hospital gowns. She would like the dolls to wear one too.😊. Look for that toward the end of the week. Can’t wait to see what you make!

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    2. Amy Jandrisevits

      Yippee!!
      I think it’s actually very satisfying to be able to start and finish a small project…which is why doll quilts can be so fun. I am SO glad your doll talents will be used again!!!

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  35. Barbara Moore

    Just made my first two 24” square doll quilts. They go together ‘sew’ fast and easy! I found some super hero fabric scraps and made one with a Batman focus – is he still relevant? Hope So! The other one has cowboys/girls in mind as the back has cowboys roping steers and the front is all manner of country reds, blues, and neutrals. Will send photos later today.

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  36. Julie L

    I would love to help. I started making donation quilts to honor my grandson who passed away unexpectedly. he was 17 and an eagle scout. He had graduated from high school with an associate degree. I made 17 (his age at his death) quilts to donate then 17 children’s quilts. and now I promise to make 17 doll quilts. I will mail them as finances allow. Wonderful cause and wonderful opportunity. Thanks.

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Hi Julie, I am so very sorry to hear about your grandson. The loss of a child must be the greatest pain of all. What a tribute to him that you see for others. If you need help with the postage expense, please email me at needleandfoot@gmail.com. We have ways to help you defray that cost. Sewing for others can be really therapeutic and I hope this eases your pain.❤️

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Hi- I just read your post – the wedding looks like it was so much fun! Your outfit and fascinator looked gorgeous on you! That Apache Marriage Blessing is just beautiful too. Thank you for linking to my post. You should make whatever you like and I will send you my sister’s address. She is my London point of contact and once she has a few quilts collected, she will send them to Amy. Thanks for joining in Kate. Oh- the circle quilt is amazing. Look at that quilting!!!!

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  38. Janie Kemp

    I want to make a doll quilt! What a wonderful project to bring quilters together.
    I invited 39 friends to Like Amy’s Facebook Page, A Doll Like Me (www.facebook.com/nannysbabiestoodollslikeme) and will share the info on my page.
    Thank you for making it possible for others to participate!
    Janie

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  39. Nikki

    Found you from Persimmon Dreams challenge. I voted for your quilt after reading the story and have followed the link. This is a wonderful idea and I will participate….starting tomorrow morning. (Having a glass of wine now and I have learned not to sew while doing that…..I usually have to rip out the next day.) Followed one of your links and found the quilt top that uses 20 5 inch squares. That will start me off. Just finished a scrappy donation quilt so this will be a great transition to another charity. Thank you for posting about it. I am also off to look up clothes for American Dolls….haven’t sewn them before but I might be up for the challenge.

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Thanks Nikki. I am happy to hear this sounded like a project you want to help out with. Be sure to email a picture of your finished quilt to me by 2/28/18 to be entered in the prize drawings!! Happy Sewing.

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  41. Brooxie

    Bless you for your work with children. For many years I made and sent doll quilts to a dear lady who collected them in South Carolina to accompany homemade doll beds and cradles given to needy children at Christmastime. So fulfilling! Sadly due to health issues, she has been unable to coordinate this effort for a few years. Now I welcome the opportunity to send doll quilts to you on an ongoing basis!

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Hi Brooxie, How wonderful to hear you will be contributing doll quilts!! It is a wonderful way to help out and it sure uses up the fabric we have sitting in the sewing room. I can’t wait to see what you make. When you are ready to send something off, let me know so I can give you the mailing information. Take care and thank you.

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      1. Bernie Post author

        Hi Kay: Yes – this will be an ongoing need for Amy. She would love to stockpile some quilts to be sent out with the dolls. If you want to make on, please do!! Thank you. Email me when you are ready to send it and need the shipping information. needleandfoot@gmail.com Take care.

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  45. Selina

    Hi, Don’t know exactly how I got here this morning. I started at Confessions of a Fabric Addict and hopped along from there. I guess it was just meant to be. I will pledge at least one quilt a month for the rest of the year. If you send me Amy’s address I will send the January and February quilts out next week. I will also post them on my blog with a link to this post.

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Hi Selina,
      That is awesome! I will let Amy know and when you post it, I will send her the link. You are amazing to put this into your sewing/quilting plan. I will email you separately with info for A Doll Like Me.

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  47. Carol C

    This is such a touching story. I would be honored to make doll quilts for this wonderful heartfelt project I just read about on a quilting blog I follow. That led me to this blog with the information and how it came to be. I have lots of fabric to choose from, batting scraps that will be perfect sizes and off I go…..can’t wait to get started. I also knit and crochet so might have one of those going at the same time as I take projects with me wherever I go. I know the children’s lives are blessed by this endeavor. (I do not have a blog but will send photos as requested when I am ready for the mailing address.)

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Hi Carol,
      Thank you for the note. I am so pleased you are joining in on the quilt drive. I think a knit or crochet blanket would also be wonderful. It is nice to have a variety of blankets and quilts for Amy to send off with the dolls. Enjoy using up some of your scraps, batting pieces or yarn!! I look forward to hearing from you and seeing what you made for A Doll Like Me.

      Take care, Bernie

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  48. Sandy Panagos

    I’m coming to the game a little late (well, a lot late!). Even though February is nearly over (I don’t need a prize anyway) I’m going to make some quilts AND put all the information on my blog. I heard about this through someone else’s blog. See? All that time spent reading blogs in front of the TV at night is worth it! Thank you so much for sharing this.

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Hi Sandy, Thanks for the note. I am really enjoying meeting so many new people because of this event. Whose blog did you first see this on? Only because I am curious how this has been shared. 🙂 I will hop over to your blog and check it out – I don’t think I have been there before. Keep in touch and let me know what you make for A Doll Like Me. It is such a wonderful cause to sew for. Take care and happy sewing!!!

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