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Quilts for Kids

  Quilts for Kids

Quilts For Kids, Inc. Founder, Linda Arye, came to the quilt fabric world in a different way. An Interior Designer, Linda was faced with a dilemma when in August 2000 she saw thousands of pounds of fabric being thrown away at the Design Center in Philadelphia. Always up for a challenge, Linda, decided to find a better use for unwanted fabric samples than landfill.  What does one do with sample sized fabric? What else, turn it into patchwork quilts!  With that one thought Quilts For Kids, Inc was born.

Since then Quilts For Kids has saved many millions of pounds of fabric from landfill and gifted quilts and other items to tens of thousands of children in need.

As Linda’s understanding of the quilt world expanded the charity’s focus shifted to the use of quilt fabric. “I never realized how fabulous these fabrics were. They have come a long way from my sixth grade Home Ec. Calicos,” she says.

“I had always wanted to find a way to fund the charity and be able to gift fun, brightly colored quilts to children in need. Robert Kaufman and Amy Schimler made that dream a reality with this Quilts For Kids, Inc. collection.  These fun kid friendly designs spoke to me the moment I saw the art work that Amy created for us. I wanted something bright and whimsical and that is just what this collection is all about.”

Linda chose to gift quilts to children in need because of her daughter, Mollie’s childhood illness. Mollie, now 21 is a healthy, fun loving young woman who has a love of the golden retrievers and cats she was raised with. Linda’s husband Lowell, an advocate for the disabled and elderly, has been supportive since day one, encouraging Linda to continue with her vision and bring it to what it is now, an International charity.

Thank you to all of our dedicated volunteer quilters who enable us to turn tears to smiles every day with their wonderful works of art.  Your quilts are these children’s constant companions.

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