Helmut Makes A Quilt is a dark comedy about a prison inmate who falls in love through the pen pal scheme. Told without dialogue, the story unfolds through a series of narrated letters.
The prisoner is Helmut, a simple but gentle character who has been locked up for so long he has all but forgotten life beyond the walls. The quilter is Margaret, a sweet but lonely woman with a passion for patchwork and quilting.
Over the course of the film, Margaret teaches Helmut to quilt and love blooms. When the two decide they can no longer be apart, they use their quilting skills to break Helmut out of prison.