charity

Guild members are invited to take part in several charity projects in 2015.


Project #1:  Quilt-as-You-Go blocks (June - fall 2015)


























For our next charity project, we are requesting 12.5” blocks of gray and white (pop of color okay) fabrics using the QAYG technique, which will be joined together to form donation quilts.  The deadline for these blocks will be the OCTOBER meeting.    Blocks will be pieced into quilts for donation to Project Linus.

Guidelines:
  • It is extremely important that blocks are trimmed to 12.5”, so we highly suggest making a 13” block and then trimming it to 12.5” when you are finished.  We won’t be able to use  blocks that are smaller than 12.5” because of the technique we will be using to piece the blocks together
  • Please do not use darker creams or tans.  White and off-white are good, and any shade of gray works. 
  • For the backing fabric, please use one whole piece of fabric that is solid or is a tone/tone blue fabric, as opposed to piecing the back as well
  • The requested batting is Warm & Natural, but any batting will be okay as long as it is not significantly more puffy (synthetic not ideal) or thinner than Warm & Natural.   If you have batting scraps, you can piece or bind/iron (batting tape) them together.  
  • You can do any quilting style that you want (straight lines, meander, loops, etc) and you can do ANY piecing pattern you want.  You can do improv, herringbone, stripes, pixels, plus, and so on.  This is a great opportunity to test patterns that you have on your to-do list!  
  • We ask that you quilt with white thread to be consistent from block to block.   
Overall, these blocks should be a great way to bust your scraps for both fabric and batting AND allow you to practice your free motion (or straight line) quilting. 

Charity subcommittee members presented QAYG demos at the June meeting.  For those of you who missed that session, please refer to the followup email you were sent 6/25 for more information, or feel free to email the guild (board members or charity folks,  email addresses at bottom of page).  

Some links that may be useful:


Project #2:  ConKerr Cancer Pillowcases (ongoing)


Please help us by making pillowcases for children battling life threatening illnesses.   We are working with ConKerr Cancer to make many bright, fun, and whimsical pillowcases over the next year.   



Directions for making the pillowcases can be found on ConKerr's website

Please pre-wash your fabrics in a “free” detergent (Tide Free, All Free, etc.) without dryer sheets and use only cotton blend fabrics (quilting cottons and flannels).   

We will collect pillowcases at every guild meeting, launder/press them in a pet-free home, and make quarterly drop-offs to the facilities for distribution.  We encourage you to make lots of cases over the next year!

Lovely Little Handmade magic pillowcase tutorial



















Project #3 - Project Linus Rainbow Stash Bust!   (wrapping up, no longer taking submissions)

Courtney and Taz work on Project Linus quilt, May 2015
Gather Here, Cambridge


























We are working with our local Project Linus chapter to create bright rainbow quilts, for children that are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need of new handmade quilts.  

As of May 2015, we are currently finishing 4 Project Linus quilts from blocks donated by members earlier this year. For more information about helping with this effort, or donating your own quilts to this effort, please contact the charity subcommittee below.
      

Questions?

For questions about charity projects, please follow up with your charity committee members at an upcoming meeting, or via email:
  • Allison Coe: alibear167 at yahoo dot com
  • Stephanie Blumenthal :  threebabybees at gmail dot com
  • Gwen Marceline:  gmarceline333 at gmail dot com