There Be Dragons Here!

Posted by pam on January 31st, 2014

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This beautifully crafted dragon quilt turned out to be a little too large for a "comfort quilt," but we knew we were saving it for someone special.

 

It has now found its place with a seven-year-old boy whose family lost everything in a house fire in Trenton, NJ. 

 

Quilts for Kids was asked to donate quilts, which we did, and we also contacted our neighbors across the street, Good Stuff Thrift Store, who donated bedding, clothing, books and toys.

 

We are always amazed at the creativity and hard work our volunteers put into each and every quilt, knowing that the quilts will be given to children they will never have a chance to meet.  Quilters are truly the most loving, generous people!

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Our Hero!

Posted by pam on January 17th, 2014

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An on-going supporter of Quilts for Kids, Bob Sauer of Dominion Energy, recently stopped by to give founding president, Linda Arye, another generous check.  We are so grateful to Bob, Kim, and all the Dominion Energy people, who also volunteer to deliver quilts as they travel around the country.

 

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Batik Workshop

Posted by pam on January 17th, 2014

...courtesy of our friends at Northcott who donated beautiful batik samples in every color imaginable.

 

 

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Cindi cut kits to give out at the next workshop at headquarters and the ladies put together some very artistic projects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

northcott piecing

This striking quilt is really easier than it looks.  Start with a stack of 9" blocks, Make two cuts so that the center strip is 3" wide, then mix the lights and darks. Don't worry that your blocks look funny.  You will cut them down to 7-1/2". Our quilt is 4 blocks by 5 with a 3-1/2" border.

 northcott quilt

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A Special Tea

Posted by pam on January 4th, 2014

When Silicon Valley Chapter Leader Bonnie Stearns received a request from Michelle Ball, Child Life Specialist at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford in April, it wasn't for small comfort quilts.  She was asking for two huge quilts, measuring 130" x 70" to use on gurneys transporting children who have passed away from their rooms to the morgue.

 

As much as we hope all the children we comfort survive and thrive, the sad truth is that some do not.  Michelle thought that a beautiful drape made with love would be a last comfort to the families who have to deal with the unthinkable.

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Bonnie agreed and her members got to work.  This photo shows one of the two reversible drapes they made using serene batiks from their stash. 

 

After five months of sewing and quilting, the drapes were presented at a tea given by the hospital staff.

 

Thanks ...

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Another Wonderful Partner Joins Us!

Posted by pam on January 3rd, 2014

Baton Rouge Chapter Leader, Sharon Hicks, just let us in on some very exciting news: John Dauthat, founder, and  Blaine Austin, CEO, of Allbrands, have stepped up to offer support for Quilts for Kids. Giving back to the community has always been a massive part of who they are since their founding in 1976. A visit to their website is just amazing.

 

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Recently, John and Blaine joined Sharon in delivering quilts to the children at Our Lady of the Lake Medical Center in Baton Rouge, LA. 

 

A few days later, working with Gwenae Darden, Allbrands Education Director and Events Coordinator, Sharon led a fabric drive with surprisingly good results.  The four kits put together by Gwenae sold immediately and were donated back to the Baton Rouge Chapter...and gift certificates totaling $250 were donated from customers.

 

Additionally, Allbrands will be hosting a series of workshops beginning February 1 and February ...

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