Jane Weier (Mulberry Patch Quilts https://www.etsy.com/shop/MulberryPatchQuilts ) has chosen to make six preemie quilts and four matching knitted hats for her favorite local charity, Mikayla’s Grace http://mikaylasgrace.com/ . This organization, begun by Mike & Melissa Terrill of McFarland, WI, supports families with a baby in the NICU (neonatal ICU) and those who experience the death of an infant at hospitals in Wisconsin by providing NICU care packages and angel memory boxes that offer both practical and emotional support for the parents.
The small quilts were made in pairs using 100% cotton fabrics for the pieced fronts, and soft cotton flannel for the backings. The knitted preemie hats have a heart pattern knitted into each one.
Jane first learned about quilting while making a baby quilt for her first-born child. That was over 35 years ago, and she still loves the process. “There’s always something new to explore—a new pattern, a new technique I can’t wait to try; and I’ve expanded to make original art quilts, and learning to dye & paint on my fabrics.” Mulberry Patch Quilts opened on Etsy in September of 2012—not long after Jane retired and was able to give the shop the time and energy it deserved. She enjoys making smaller quilts (baby & lap quilts), but you can find wall hangings, art quilts, purses, and home décor items in her shop as well.
“I joined the Quiltsy Team at the end of 2013, and am so glad I did. We’re like a virtual quilting bee--sharing ideas (and our lives) with each other. I love being part of this wonderful team! It’s a great group of encouraging, caring quilters.”
Besides making small quilts for Mikayla’s Grace, she donates a portion of her profits from the shop to other worthy causes (such as World Vision and the Salvation Army).
Be sure to stop at her shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/MulberryPatchQuilts
Or see the process of making her quilts at her blog: https://mulberrypatchquilts.wordpress.com/
Or “like” Mulberry Patch Quilts on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MulberryPatchQuilts/
Carol Ann Johnston