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2017/2018 Charity Committee

Sandy Kaufman

We are very excited for another great year of sharing our loving creations to those whom need it most and are hoping you will be part of the giving.

We have chosen to focus on 4 charitable groups.  A Senior Center, our Veterans, and this year added a local hospital Neonatal Intensive Care unit and Conkerr Pillowcases for children battling cancer in the hospital.

We will stick with the theme that was started last year to focus on lap or baby quilts (size 3’ x 4’) and will add Preemie quilts (size 20 sq. inches).  We will also be sponsoring Pillowcases, but if you don’t pick up a kit from us and want to make your own PLEASE pick up the specific pattern information at the Charity table to ensure you’re following their requirements.

Since the lap/wheelchair quilts are for either gender, all fabric styles and types are welcome including patriotic ones. There are plenty of veterans in area nursing homes who would love to be honored with a quilt! Baby quilts can be a simple panel to which you add some borders or as involved as you like – it’s totally up to you. We have plenty of kits if you don’t want to supply any materials but are willing to do some sewing. 

Due to the smaller size we encourage you to machine quilt them yourself and we welcome any of you who enjoy that aspect or that have a longarm to quilt some of the tops that are pieced and in need of quilting. This is the perfect opportunity to practice on a real quilt and at the same time do something wonderful for someone in need without a huge time commitment.

For each quilt or pillowcase you complete you can fill out a participation slip and at the end of the year several will be drawn and some nice prizes will be awarded. The more quilts you make, the more chances you have at winning. Why not challenge yourself to make or participate in one more charity quilt than you did last year! Or if you’re new to the guild or have never participated, we’ve made it even easier this year if you don’t want to commit to a full lap/baby quilt, but a smaller Preemie quilt or pillowcase. 

Please participate – this is what our guild is about – a non-profit that gives back to our communities!

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