Quilts for Good
In each edition of Quilts for Good, we shine a little light on some of the incredible sewists and quilters who are using their skills to give back to the community at large. If you know of a person, group, or project that you feel should be highlighted in a future issue of Friends@Festival, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
South Florida Modern Quilt Guild
SOUTH FLORIDA MODERN QUILT GUILD DONATES 100+ QUILTS
Every year, members of the South Florida Modern Quilt Guild create and donate quilts to area charities, including lap quilts for seniors, baby quilts, and pillowcases for the nonprofit Ryan’s Case for Smiles.
Recently, the group donated over 100 handmade quilts (105, to be exact) to the Broward County Chapter of the Children’s Home Society, a nonprofit that aims to empower at-risk families and works to ensure that children spend less time in foster care.
Quilters for a Cause
QUILT FOR A CAUSE DONATES $50,000 TO TUCSON MEDICAL CENTER
The Tucson, Arizona area nonprofit group auctions and sells handmade quilts and quilt patterns donated by quilters to support breast and gynecological cancer research. Since their first auction in 2003, Quilt for a Cause have raised over $860,000 and donated 95% of proceeds to area organizations in support of research, training, and assistance for uninsured and under-insured women.
Their recent donation of $50,000 to the Tucson Medical Center will help provide DNA kits to patients, and will help empower them to make informed decisions about their care, according to the center’s Director of Major Gifts.
Michigan-based Fellowship Quilters
MICHIGAN-BASED FELLOWSHIP QUILTERS GIVE BACK TO COMMUNITY
For 25 years, the Fellowship Quilters for Traverse City, Michigan has met twice a month at a local church and—for most of that quarter century—has devoted time to charity work.
Number one on their list is Habitat for Humanity. According to group member Barb Roberts, the group tries to make sure that every member of every family receiving a home gets a quilt at the home dedication.
The group also regularly makes heart pillows for a local medical center’s cardiac unit, lap quilts for Meals on Wheels recipients, quilts for area hospice patients, weighted blankets for local students, and quilts for area veterans. The group has donated hundreds of quilts and items over the years.
ILLINOIS TEENS PRESENT HANDMADE LAP QUILTS TO SENIOR CARE CENTER RESIDENTS
A group of 14 teenagers from Moline, Illinois did their part to warm the hearts—and bodies!—of residents at the local Rosewood Care Center recently.
Participants in the Moline Public Library’s grant-funded free program, Project Next Generation, created three quilts through a series of guided drop-in sessions led by area teacher/quilter Teresa Pierce.
“It’s very meaningful to bring a finished product here to give to the residents and see the joy on their faces when they receive something handmade,” Pierce says of the donation.
The program is also hosting a meeting to create knit/crochet blanket squares to be donated to their local Project Linus chapter.
LAKE CHARLES SEWING CLASS DONATES QUILTS TO LOCAL VETERANS
Each year, the senior sewing class at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center in North Lake Charles, Louisiana chooses a local group or charity to give “a special blanket of love to.”
Class instructor Brenda Jackson says that last year’s recipients were locals suffering with sickle cell anemia, and this year, the group wanted to use the opportunity to honor veterans.
The class invited a group of 13 local veterans to the Center to present them the quilts they made.
“Oh it’s an awesome feeling and when we found out that Miss Jackson wanted to do this, we were all very excited because we love our veterans,” says class participant Louana Brown.
What’s more, Brown says, is what she has gotten out of the class, which she has been taking with her son, who has Down Syndrome. “I try to introduce him to as many things as I can,” she continues. “We’ve gained a lot of friendship through this class. That’s a good thing. We are learning from each other. That’s also a great thing.”