Tennessee Teen Challenge

Posted by pam on July 23rd, 2013

1st place

Last year's Teen Challenge quilt proved very popular with QFK's very active Coker Creek, TN, Chapter, so they've done it again!

 

Hardworking judges Gayle Edwards, Karen Eshman, Patti Willeford and Lynda Dicandio had a hard time reaching a decision; each one of the 18 quilts was amazing.  Only by using a specific point system, were they able to choose the top 3.

 

1st Place went to longarmer, Anita McClure, for her circle quilt.

 2nd place

2nd Place went to co-leader, Mary MacEachron, for her guitar quilt.

 

3rd place

3rd Place went to Barb Prichard with her stripes and squares.

 

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70 and Counting...

Posted by pam on July 19th, 2013

scraanton

These three intrepid ladies, Mary Prokarym, Dane Niess and Sue Volpe, from a quilt group in Scranton, PA, drove 2-1/2 hours each way from home to headquarters in Fairless Hills, PA, to bring us 70 quilts to help fill our quilt room, severely depleted by our having shipped out 1900 quilts to families impacted by the recent tornadoes and wild fires.

 

They took 35 more kits with them to the group, planning to add 35 stash quilts as well, hence another 70!

 

Displaying a wide variety of colors and themes, the quilts are beautifully made and certain to hold up to a lot of loving and laundering.  

 

Thanks, ladies, for making 70 more children smile and comforting 70 more families in need of a hug.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Personal Side of Dominion Energy

Posted by pam on July 12th, 2013

katie

This beautiful young lady is Katie, the daughter of an employee at Dominion Energy, one of our most faithful and long-time supporters. 

 

It was truly a blessing when Dominion Energy became involved with QFK.  Through their partnership we are able to fund workshops so that quilters could come together and use their talents to create wonderful, colorful quilts for children, which are donated to hospitals in the Dominion Energy region, from Rhode Island, to Ohio, to Virginia.

 

We have always told our Dominion contacts, "We are your charity.  If you ever hear of anyone who needs a quilt, just call."

 

Recently we did indeed receive a call from Bob Sauer at the Fairless Hills location telling us that an employee's teen-age daughter had been diagnosed with AML and was receiving chemo.  Carefully chosen just for Katie, this bright scrappy quilt came from a workshop taught by our own Sally ...

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Something Exciting is Always Happening in Coker Creek!

Posted by pam on July 10th, 2013

coker quilt

One of QFK's most active chapters, Coker Creek, TN, raises funds by raffling a quilt once a year.

 

This year's masterpiece boasts a patriotic theme and will be awarded in February, 2014, "Presidents' Month."

 

Chapter Leader, Donna Powers, writes, "Each block is only 6" square and almost all of our members made at least six.  Unbelievable!  I am just blown away by these girls."

 

Intricate and beautiful, this wonderful quilt will provide funding for more quilts for children in Tennessee.  I'm just blown away by Donna Powers and all the wonderful ladies of Coker Creek!

 

But wait, as they say.  There's more!

 

This very active chapter just donated 93 quilts to the Children's Hospital in Knoxville.

 

93 quilts

 

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Quilts in Court

Posted by pam on July 5th, 2013

 silicon quiltsOur Silicon Valley QFK Chapter does an amazing job distributing quilts in and around Santa Clara County, CA, not only to hospitals but also to LACY, Legal Advocates for Children and Youth, whose attorneys and social workers advance the legal rights of their clients  and empower them to lead happy, productive lives.

 

Recently, Chapter Leader, Bonnie Stearns, passed along a couple of stories that underline just how important the quilts are to these kids.  (No pictures are avaliable because of confidentiality issues.)

 

One social worker showed Bonnie a photo of a 14-year-old girl who was thrilled with her quilt.  Another client, a frightened 17-year-old girl who had just met with her social worker for the first time, exclaimed, "I love quilts!" upon receiving her quilt.  That caring gesture changed her whole demeanor.

 

A six-year-old and a toddler wrapped their quilts around themselves as they waited in court for their hearings ...

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