Community Baby Quilt
I just started on a community baby quilt for my neighbor. If, you think this is something you might want to try, here are some tips that I found helpful when organizing this project. About a month ahead, send out letters to friend and family of the mom-to-be.
In the letter include: the size of the square you want them to make (direct them on the seam allowance so they do know that part of their work may be cut off if they go beyond that space), if they are not crafty they can send in fabric, I also allow for a donation of $5 to cover the cost of thread, batting, backing and coordinating material. Set a deadline for submissions and be sure to include your address. I also include my email address and phone number so I can field any questions. You will need to be prepared to make up some squares to even out the quilt.
One of my favorite parts of this quilt is the squares the children do. I precut the squares from white cotton and the children on the street use fabric markers to decorate their square. It adds a child-like whimsy to the quilt and marks the moment in time.
It makes a great addition to your gift if you keep track of who sent in what square and make a schematic so the mom-to-be can remember who made what in the year to come.