q Autism Awareness Month | Tourmaline & Thyme Quilts

Do you know how many kids in the US are diagnosed with Autism? According to the CDC, approximately one in every thirty-six kids has autism. That means there is a strong chance that you have met, are friends with or related to someone with autism.

Did you also know that boys are four times more likely to have autism than girls? My sons were friends with a few boys with autism. But I had no idea that it was more prevalent in boys. Through these boys, I learned that autism affects people differently. But they have one thing in common, the kids and their families sometimes need a little extra help make it through school and into the working world.

Some of that help comes from organizations such as Autism Speaks. “Autism Speaks is dedicated to creating an inclusive world for all individuals with autism throughout their lifespan. We do this through advocacy, services, supports, research and innovation, and advances in care for autistic individuals and their families.”

To help them out, I am donating the proceeds from the Puzzle Quilt pattern to Autism Speaks. That means for every quilt pattern you buy, I will give that money directly to them. Can you spend $5 to help these kids have a better chance as adults?

This pattern is a simple one, but really speaks to the symbols of autism – a puzzle piece. There are four blocks to make this 32″ quilt. Of course, you can add more blocks or double the size of the blocks to make a larger version.

Twenty-four blocks with a 3-inch border makes a lovely large throw -almost perfect for a twin bed.

The pattern is perfect for beginners as the pieces are simple. The puzzle comes in putting it together in the right orientation!

We do have kits if you like these fabrics. We would love to see what you make with these blocks.

Again, you pattern purchase in April will go directly to Autism Speaks. So, please help us help these kids learn to help themselves.

Happy Quilting!