Quilts for GBM Patients
"Quilts can be very meaningful to cancer patients or to families who have lost a loved one to glioblastoma. Patients and families can form a deep attachment to something such as a quilt because of the comfort it brings. Getting a quilt from a stranger can mean a lot to a glioblastoma patient. This type of gift can make a big difference to a patient because it means that someone was thinking of them during a difficult time."
To get involved in our Quilt for a Cause program, learn more below.
Oncology floors can be chilly and sometimes chemotherapy medications can make patients feel even more cold. At many hospitals patients are encouraged to bring a quilt for warmth. If you are a quilter, and would like to donate a chemo quilt to a patient undergoing chemotherapy for glioblastoma, here is all the information you need to get started.
Quilt Size: The quilt should be large enough to tuck under the feet and go all the way up to the neck while seated. We recommend a length and width of 70"x46"
Quilt Material: Warm cuddle fabrics would be a great backing to provide patients with warmth and comfort.
- Use a quality backing such as Warm & Natural
- Any punched cotton batting will hold up well
- If you want to use a fleece blanket instead of a quilt, two layers sewn together at the binding will help retain heat and provide extra weight
- Use quality fabrics so that they withstand washings
- Avoid using red colors that may bleed or dark colors such as blue and black that may fade after multiple washes
- Use a color catcher or dye fixative such as Retayne to keep colors from bleeding
Durability: The quilts should be quilted with a tight pattern, no more than a few inches in between.
Memory quilts are a wonderful way to keep a loved one's memory alive. A quilt is something that can be used by families of patients lost to glioblastoma to keep their loved one close. If you would like to make a memory quilt for someone lost to glioblastoma, we recommend a simple square quilt with sashing and 12.5in squares of fabric.
If you would like to make a memory quilt for a glioblastoma patient, please contact us so we can identify a family for you.
Complete the form below and start quilting today!
Quilt for a Cause
Sign up to create a quilt for a patient impacted by glioblastoma. Complete the form below and start quilting!
Completed Quilts can be sent to:
2451 Croasdaile Farm Parkway Suite 109
Durham, NC 27705