Cabin Branch Quilters contributes quilts to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Potomac Hospital. They are given to the mothers to be worn next to her skin so the quilt will get the mother’s scent, then the quilt is put in the incubator with the preemie. This is meant as a way to start the bonding process. The quilt can also be draped over the isolet to provide shade from the bright lights in the NICU. Think of your quilt as a graduation present for a newborn. It will become a treasured item!
Quilts are 30” x 40”, but doesn't have to be exact. It can be any pattern you can make from your scraps or a border or two added to left over blocks from past projects. Nine patches, half-square triangles, rail fence, or a panel with a border are all great choices. Please only use 100% cotton fabric for the quilt. A cotton/ polyester blend for the batting and thread can be used. It is requested that these quilts are not made with flannel or any embellishments. Labels are available at guild meetings along with fabric kits.
Between Fairfax and Potomac hospitals, over 1500 preemie quilts are needed annually.