Basic Information and Frequently Asked Questions
for the Carolina Hurricane Quilt Project
On September 12, 2018, Hurricane Florence slammed into the North Carolina coast bringing 100+ miles per hour winds and historic rainfall causing catastrophic flooding that lasted for days. Florence moved inland and stalled for three days, continuing to dump rain on the disaster area of up to 30 inches. Three days after that, on the 18th, the Cape Fear river crested at 62 feet above flood stage, contributing to more rising water downstream in already flooded areas. It took weeks for the flooded areas to recede. Then just about the time that things were finally drying out, on October 10, a second hurricane, Michael, made it to the NC coast, devastating those same areas again with water and wind damage, massive power outages and more destruction. Much of the damage is in areas where people had no flood insurance. The latest reports are that over 4500 homes have been totally destroyed and more than 700,000 homes have sustained damage mainly by flooding. So, as you might guess, we need a lot of quilts. Here is all you need to know –
What Size Quilts Are Accepted? The project is focusing on larger size quilts because each household can only receive one. Please make a larger size of twin, full, queen or king.
Will you accept tied quilts? Yes. Quilted is preferred, but again, the need is so great, we will take tied. Size is more important.
How should the quilts be labeled? Please label your quilts any way you wish. You do not have to put the Carolina Hurricane Quilt Project on your label.
I have scraps and blocks, can you use those? No, the block drive is over and I have made all I can. I need completed quilts
most, but if you can assemble a top and provide a backing, I can match you with someone to help finish. See below.
Is there a specific pattern that needs to be used? No. You are welcome to use the Perkiomen Valley block in this download – Carolina Hurricane Quilt Project – but all designs are welcome.
What colors or patterns are you looking for? Anything you like, that would be suitable for everyday use. Clients are able to choose from the quilts sent in, so someone is bound to want what you like. Quilts received have been multicolor scrappy, or themed such as blue/yellow, pink/green, lavendar/yellow, navy/ecru, jewel tones, earth tones, pastels, brights. Modern and traditional, it is totally up to you. Make something you would want to use on your own bed, and it will be great. Most of the quilts will be used by adults. You can see some of the quilts sent in on these posts – November Update, January Quilts and Story, February Update, More Quilts, Ashe County Quilts, Virtual Quilt Show, and May Update.
I can make a top but I can’t quilt it, can I get some help?
Quilters willing to provide sewn tops in any design, twin size or larger and a backing 8-inches longer and wider will be matched with a longarm quilter. Please understand that there are only 27 longarmers currently volunteering, so you will have to ship your top and backing, likely to another state. If you have a top and backing to send, please fill out the Quilter Needs Longarm Services form. This program will end on June 1st, to allow the longarm quilters enough time to finish before the end of the drive. Sorry, this program is over.
I am a longarm quilter, how can I help? I
f you are a longarm quilter willing to quilt, bind and ship to Wilmington, (and I desperately need more!!) please fill out the Longarm Volunteer Form. I would really like to have more in North Carolina near the drop points to save on shipping to the distribution center in Wilmington. At present, there are only three in NC, and one of them is me.
Sorry, this program is over.
I filled out a form, now what happens? Filling out these forms makes sure that I have the information needed to match quilters with longarmers that are as close as possible, and that they have the machine size needed. I will get back to you via email with your match.
I have a quilt in my closet that is like new, can you use it? Yes, if it is twin size or larger, clean and free of cat or dog hair, and is NOT a commemorative, specific sports team, season specific, t-shirt or holiday quilt. It needs to be suitable for anyone to use for an every day bed cover.
Do I need to wash the quilt before sending it? If it is a newly made quilt, it is not necessary to wash it, Not washing keeps the fabrics crisp and obviously new for the recipient. But, you may wash it if you feel it should be, due to possible dye run, if you have cats in your sewing room, or are concerned for any reason. However, if you are gifting an existing quilt from your closet, please do wash it and be sure it has no stains before sending it.
Where do I send Completed Quilts? Partnering with the Catholic Charities organization for distribution ensures our quilts get to the people who need them most.
Carolina Hurricane Project
c/o Catholic Charities
20 N. 4th Street, Suite 300
Wilmington, NC 28401
Where are the drop off sites in North Carolina? Please attach a note to the quilt with a SAFETY pin (not a straight pin!) saying it is for the project so our runners pick up the correct quilts.
Beginnings Quilt Shop – (serving Western NC, Mountain Region)
1038C Greenville Hwy, Hendersonville, NC 28792
Cary Quilting Company – (serving Northern Piedmont and Raleigh)
935 North Harrison Avenue, Cary, NC 27513
Cotton Fields Quilt Shop (Serving northern Coastal and Greenville)
3751 Wharton Station Road, Washington, NC 27889
Loving Stitches Quilt Shop – (Serving Southern Coastal and Fayetteville)
7076 Ramsey St. Fayetteville, NC 28311
Quilt Patch Fabrics – (Serving Southern Piedmont and Charlotte)
1017 Stallings Road, Matthews, NC 28104
What is the deadline for shipping quilts or dropping off at the shops? The drop sites will be active until the first of August 2019. The shipping address in Wilmington will take completed quilts into 2020.
Can I get a tax receipt for my donation? Yes, if you mail directly to the Catholic Charities address and include a request for the receipt in the box. The drop sites cannot give you a receipt.
Who will receive the quilts? As of March 2019, donated quilts have been given out in the Catholic Charities office when people apply for assistance in person, at homes when recipients receive furniture through the charity’s partner non-profits, and at distribution events for those in FEMA trailers (the FEMA trailers just started rolling out in March 2019 as TSA was ending and families had to vacate the hotels in the area). The Catholic Charities office serves a 6 county area, so they’ve distributed to affected communities within Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, Duplin, New Hanover, and Pender counties. If you know someone needing help in those counties, please have them contact the Catholic Charities office in Wilmington.