Quilting Can Be a Challenge

Posted by pam on September 17th, 2013


This handsome tote bag was provided as a Challenge First Prize by Bonnie Stearns, Chapter Leader of our Silicon Valley Chapter, (using Vistaprint) and we thought, what a good idea!


Many of our chapters issue challenges to their members...to come up with a quilt using a specific pattern, or piece of fabric, or technique...but this is the first time we've heard that prizes have been offered, just for the fun of it.


Second and third place winners received sewing notions, donated by other members.



firsst place

First place went to Haya,

second place

second to Gayle,

   third place

and third to Jan T.


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Why Are These Ladies Smiling?

Posted by pam on September 17th, 2013



They've just delivered 22 quilts to Blank Children's Hospital in Des Moines, IA as part of a volunteer project by Monsanto employees in Grinnell.


Every Tuesday night for three months the team gathered together and sewed; some had never quilted before, but learned fast!


One mom wrote, " Thank you so much!  The quilts covering my preemie twins' isolettes brought cheer and comfort to us at a very difficult time and became treasured take-home gifts."


Thank you Kelle Martin, Linda Pease, Susie Pickhardt, Ashley Reitzler, Darcy Hall and Emily Elliot (pictured) and also Teresa Gifford, Jess Austin, Kelly Lunk and Maria Chavaz (not pictured).


To borrow another mom's comment, "Wonderful work, ladies!"




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1,000 and Counting!

Posted by pam on September 10th, 2013

One of our most prolific chapters, based in Waycross GA, has proudly delivered its 1,000th quilt.


Chapter Leader Cheryl Sloan didn't make a big fuss, but we will!


Kudos to all the Georgia and South Carolina ladies that have contributed so much to hospitals, shelters, and other facilities in their communities.  You all have made such a difference in 1,000 lives!


Pictured here is Lindamay Gallagher delivering quilt # 1,000 to Stephen Bene, Activities Program Specialist at Georgia Children's Home in Baxley, GA.

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Baton Rouge Delivers!

Posted by pam on August 27th, 2013


One of our most prolific chapters, Baton Rouge, headed up by Chapter Leader Sharon Hicks, is able to deliver quilts directly to the children at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center.  That gives them a lot of wonderful photo ops!


We are so delighted to be able to see the smiles on these little faces.



Contributing to the Baton Rouge Chapter is Donna Rhodes, a teacher at Bonifay Middle School in Bonifay, FL.  Donna has made many trips across the state line to add quilts to every delivery.  This most recent trip brings her total up to 300 quilts so far!



Our thanks go out to Sharon and all the wonderful members of our Baton Rouge Chapter and to Donna and her students at Bonifay.





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This Visit Made our Day!

Posted by pam on August 23rd, 2013


This smiling little guy is Kellen, who just turned 2 years old.  His dad, Carl, brought him to QFK headquarters to say, thanks.


During Kellen's treatment for liver cancer at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, his nurse handed him a brightly colored patchwork quilt from one of our volunteers.


Carl noticed the label on the back with the QFK logo, then, as he was driving down Lincoln Highway in Fairless Hills, he spotted that same logo on a sign in our parking lot.


He walked right in and introduced us to Kellen, who is now in remission!


So, if you feel your motivation lagging a little bit (as I do at times), think of this smiling child, uncover that sewing machine, and get quilting!


I'm going to finish the quilt I'm working on this weekend and bring it in next week. Promise!

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