Native and Interior Designer, Francine Spacek has two
passions: Children & Fabric. She combined both and founded SEWonderful Quilts.org, a non-profit organization,
SEWonderful Quilts recycles designer fabric into
one-of-a-kind quilts which are gifted free of charge
to children (Infant-21yrs) suffering with life-threatening
illnesses, as well as children who have been sexually
After studying art and design in Florence, Italy,
Francine returned to Chicago and opened her design firm
in 1986, giving her limitless access to showrooms,
workrooms and fabric.
She began SWQ by gathering discontinued fabric, creating
quilt kits and distributing the quilt kits to volunteers and quilters.
Once completed, the crib-sized quilts are returned to
Francine for her to distribute. SWQ’s has currently
gifted over 2600 quilts to hospitals, hospices and
sexual abuse centers such as; Children’s Memorial, Rush
Children’s, Luthern General & St. Jude’s Cancer Center.
Spacek believes that SWQ may have been green before the
concept became popular, keeping tons of discontinued
fabric out of our landfills, and “turning trash into
treasures”, but the real reward is in knowing that these
“gifts of kindness help reduce the anxiety surrounding
healthcare experiences for children and their families”.
“Children are diagnosed on a DAILY basis”, so if you
would like to make a quilt or know a
child who is eligible to receive a SEWonderful quilt, contact Francine to get
involved. We think that would be MITY NICE of you!