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Family & Community Education

“STRENGTHENING FAMILIES THROUGH EDUCATION”

 FCE Blanket Making

 

The quilts/blankets are all homemade with tender loving care, which is another way of saying “Someone loves you”.  Ours is a group of women who meet about once a month at the Agricultural History Farm Park on 18410 Muncaster Rd. in Derwood.  We knit, crochet, cut and sew material and have a wonderful time meeting old and making new friends. (calendar) Our yarn and fabric has been generously donated by individuals.  Crafters use their own imaginations in creating the quilts, which makes each one unique.  So far we’ve made over 24,000 blankets.  In addition, we’ve made approximately 13,000 newborn and baby hats.

Blankets are distributed to shelters, such as Stepping Stones, the Betty Ann Krahnke Shelter for victims of domestic violence, Heart and Home, local hospitals, including Holy Cross, Montgomery General, Shady Grove, NIH Ronald McDonald House and Children’s National Medical Center.

 

Our expenses include batting for the sewn blankets and sewing machine repairs; we have been blessed with financial donations to FCE for this project.

 

 

Guidelines for Blanket Making

 

Thank you for all your hard work in sewing, knitting and crochet blankets for children of all ages. 

Please read the guidelines so that all your blankets can be used for the children. 

Fabric Quilts

1.     All fabric should be washed.  We have much donated fabric stored at the Extension office that will need to be washed.  If each of you could take home 2 pieces each time you come, wash (some will need ironed) and return the fabric the next time you come, it would be greatly appreciated.

2.     Kid’s print fabric is needed.  We have purchased some kid’s print fabric with the money that was donated to us with the G-Street fabric gift certificates.  Brightly colored designs and patterns are also acceptable.  Approx. 2 yards is needed for one blanket.

3.     Plain bright colored fabric is needed for backs.

4.     If you purchase fabric be careful of fabric made in China as it is not substantial.  (Better not to purchase.)

5.     Blankets need to be a minimum of 36 x 36.  They can be longer approximately 36 x 45 to 50 to accommodate a pre-teen/teenager.  Cotton blankets must have batting.

6.     Pin blankets/batting carefully so that sewing is easier.  When sewing be careful with tucks and puckers, check both sides.  When pinning, flatten out batting. 

7.     Use like fabrics, i.e. cotton with cotton, flannel with flannel.

8.     Quilt a maximum of 6 (six) inches apart.

9.     To assist in tying quilts at the max of 6 inches apart, I have made squares that are 5 inches to use a guide.

10.  If you smoke or someone in your house smokes or have pets and you make a blanket at home, you MUST wash the blanket and immediately put it in a plastic bag after removing from the dryer. 

 Knitted and Crochet Blankets

1.  Blankets should be at least 36 x 36.  They can be longer approximately 36 x 45 up to  45 x54 to accommodate a pre-teen/teenager.

 

2.  Use acrylic, washable yarns.  No Fringe

 

3.  If you smoke or someone in your house smokes or have pets and you make a blanket at home, you MUST wash the blanket and immediately put it in a plastic bag after removing from the dryer. 

 

4.  ALL ends MUST be pulled in.  Please take the extra few minutes to do this before turning in your blanket.

 

5.  When putting squares together, be sure they are secured to each other.  A good method is to crochet the squares together but if you can’t do that, sewing is acceptable.  Just be sure the ends are in and the squares are securely held together.

Fleece Blankets

1.     Single pieces (as opposed to double) are preferable.

2.     Blankets can be sewed, fringed or tied.

3.     If you smoke or someone in your house smokes or have pets and you make a blanket at home, you MUST wash the blanket and immediately put it in a plastic bag after removing from the dryer. 

 

WE WELCOME EVERYONE to our meetings.  Some people come and stay all day, some only long enough to drop off a finished quilt and pick up more supplies.  Some women work behind the scenes doing their work quietly on their own and sending the finished blanket with a friend.  So come on over, bring a sandwich and a smile and we will supply materials, a drink, and dessert.

 For more information please call Kathie at (301) 270-5367.

 

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