The local quilting guild contributed $100 to pay for backing and batting and postage for the quilts' trip to New Jersey. Others sent about $300 to help with the costs.
"Quilters care about one another and are so eager to share their knowledge, friendship and fabric," Nancy Leoncavallo, who oversees the Rockbridge guild's website, wrote in an email.
When Adam Hutchinson's team went to New Jersey for a game, Erin Hutchinson went too to personally deliver quilts to relief groups.
As she blogged about her appeal, some quilters emailed to say they had decided that instead of sending more squares, they would finish their quilts themselves and send them to relief efforts.
To date, Hutchinson said, she has sent about 20 quilts to families affected by Sandy, mostly through Blankie Depot, a nonprofit group that gives homemade blankets to New Jersey children undergoing trauma. Eight more quilt tops were put together and waiting in her sewing room for final assembly. Another five were being constructed by the Rockbridge guild, Hutchinson said.
Squares for another five or 10 quilts are waiting for attention, and "they keep coming in the mail," Hutchinson said.
She said she wouldn't be surprised if her effort eventually produces 50 quilts.
"Erin's commitment is a stellar example of compassionate collaboration during times of great need," Hillary Roberts, president of Blankie Depot, wrote in an email.
Blankie Depot has received more than 1,000 quilts from around the U.S., Canada and France through efforts like Hutchinson's, Roberts wrote. The quilts have so far gone to families in 15 of New Jersey's 21 counties, she wrote.
As for Hutchinson, she said she's just glad to help, and respond when disaster strikes.
"I have two kids," Hutchinson said. "I want to think the world will be supportive of them. . . . I want to think people will do the right thing."