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Funding for Charity Projects is supplied by the Tree City Quilt Guild, Fort White Community Thrift Shop and individuals.

Flannel Hearts for UF/Shands NICU


Tree City Quilters Guild and the UF/Shands Neonatal Intensive Care Unit have been working together to implement a program where flannel hearts are given to parents of babies in the unit.  The parent wears the heart against their body so that their scent is transferred to the heart.  The heart is then placed under the baby’s head while she/he is in the isolet so that the baby can bond with the mother’s or father’s scent even when neither parent can be present.

Original funding for the NICU hearts came from the March of Dimes. 


To make hearts:  Place 2 layers of flannel right sides together.  Trace a heart about 5 to 6 inches across the widest part onto the wrong side of the flannel.  Sew with about a ¼ inch seam allowance around the heart shape, being sure to stop sewing to leave a couple of inches open so you can turn the heart right side out.  Stitch the opening closed by hand or by machine. 


Flannel will be handed out at guild meetings and at Charity Workshops.  You may also use your own flannel.  


Charity Quilts

NICU @ SHANDS (infant fabric) Min. 25 in. square

PEACEFUL PATHS (children’s fabric) Width of fabric x 36 in.
PEACEFUL PATHS (adult women) Width of fabric x 54 in.
PEACEFUL PATHS (All fabric) Pillow cases

Hospice Width of fabric x 54 in.

Wounded Warriors (any fabric) Width of fabric x 54 in.

Charity Pillow Cases 


Many agencies accept pillow cases.

Here is a link to directions for making a simple pillowcase:
Pillowcase Instructions