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From founding president, Linda Arye...


A HUGE thank you to Bernina for sponsoring our booth at Bernina University in New Orleans! What a wonderful group of dealers from so many states and countries. It's been fun meeting them and starting chapters of QFK in many new shops.  Here's to all the children in need we will be able to comfort because of your generosity.
 



Coldspring, TX, Donates to CASA


Coldspring Quilts For Kids started off the month of May by donating 25 adorable quilts to CASA in San Jacinto County. CASA is Court Appointed Special Advocates for children. The quilts will be given, as needed, to little ones who are in the court system and experiencing an unsettled time or trauma in their lives. We know they will comfort and let these little ones know, they are loved!

Shown here, accepting our gifts to CASA, is Terri Cook, Vice President of the Board, CASA of Walker, San Jacinto & Trinity Counties.
 
Our Canada Chapter Comforts Alberta Fire Victims

When a mammoth wildfire consumed over 1.4 million acres in Alberta, Canada, forcing thousands to flee their homes, our Sault Ste. Marie Chapter in Ontario sprang into action, delivering quilts to as many of the hardest hit families as they could.  Amid the devastation, each child was able to hold on to at least one thing that was his or her very own, a handmade patchwork quilt, made with love. 

 
PENNINGTON VOLUNTEERS SEW 1,000TH QUILT!

 (Pennington, NJ - June, 2016)  For the past four and a half years, a dedicated team of volunteers has been meeting monthly at Pennington Quilt Works to design and sew quilts to give to children in need across the country.  In April they celebrated the production of their 1,000th quilt, which they donated in May. The quilters come from a cross section of central New Jersey communities with a desire to use their quilting skills to assist children. The group produces approximately 30 quilts per month.

 Since the group's inception, Pennington Quilt Works has donated their facility as the meeting place for the local workshop of Quilts for Kids. They have also been very generous in donating supplies.  This group began as a workshop in October, 2011 with the help and support of the shop owner, Jan Crane, and the shop manager, Arlene Stilson. That first month, the local Quilts for Kids coordinator, Debbie Greaney, was the only one in attendance! Slowly but surely with the help of the shop in finding volunteers, the group grew to over 50 interested volunteers of which 20 attend the full monthly workshops regularly.

 

 

Same Great Ladies, New Chapter Name


To more accurately reflect their delivery area, Lehigh Acres is now Southwest Florida, shown here delivering 150 quilts to an area hospital.

Shelly Albert writes, "The 7-Lakes Piecemakers of Ft Myers teamed up with our chapter this season as their community service project. After displaying the quilts at their recent Crafts Show, they donated the quilts to us for distribution. What we thought was going to be 50 or 60 quilts turned out to be about 150 quilts, each one different and lovingly made."

 

  Vicki Young of our Canadian Chapter hands over quilts to nurse manager, Kirsten, at Sault Area Hospital.

 


 

Emergency Comfort


QFK Coldspring, TX, Chapter recently donated 26 quilts to San Jacinto County Sheriff's Office.  These quilts will be placed in emergency vehicles and used to comfort children who are injured, ill or in crisis.

  They will make another delivery soon to the Sheriff's office so they will have enough quilts to place 2 in each vehicle.

  All San Jacinto County Fire Department Vehicles and First Responders now are supplied with quilts, and Coldspring volunteers will maintain their supplies as needed.

 

 

 

 

Georgia Donation for Children in Need


Ms. Cheryl Sloan and Ms. Marie Williamson with the Georgia Chapter Quilts for Kids recently donated beautifully handmade patchwork quilts for Unison Behavioral Health children in need.  The handmade quilts were given to Unison Behavioral Health’s Garden Gate Residential Program, which is a long-term Women’s Substance Abuse Program where moms can bring their children into care with them.  Pregnant moms can use these handmade quilts for their little ones once they arrive as well as moms with smaller children who can benefit from a quilt to sleep with or take a nap on.

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THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU so very much from the bottom of our Special Immunology hearts!

 

Our kids and families  LOVE, LOVE,LOVE the quilts I picked up yesterday from Quilts for Kids.  Receiving a quilt  makes them  feel so good that someone took the time to make them a quilt and spread the love, and most importantly that someone cares. Often they cannot even share their diagnosis with their family members for fear of being shut out and disowned. They have experienced so much trauma in their lives, so the quilts are something very special to them.

 

Our staff was so super excited to see all of the quilts when  I placed them on our conference table this morning and were claiming certain quilts for certain patients. The patients who received them so far today were absolutely thrilled! I even gave one to my 17 year old who arrived from Africa in the past few months and has had lots of issues missing her orphanage and adjusting to life in the US. She just needs some extra TLC and was delighted with the quilt. I offered it to her saying that it was not very big and it was okay if she didn’t want it,  but she wanted it so much!

 

Thank you all and also all of the quilters out there who have helped to make these stigmatized people feel so loved!

 

Maryellen Grysewicz RN, C, ACRN

Clinical Nurse

CHOP Special Immunology

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Quilt Delivery

Terry Warden, QFK Winnfield, LA chapter leader made a Christmas delivery of 23 quilts to the Children's Miracle Network Hospital in Alexandria, LA.

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On Behalf of American Indian Children,
Thank You.

One of our wonderful volunteers, Barbara Lawless recently stopped by to pick up quilts for destitute children living on reservations. 

She shipped them at her own expense, and wanted to let us know that we are helping children "stay warm in dwellings without heat, water, electricity..."

She goes on to write, "We are most grateful and appreciative of your 'spirit of generosity' and kindness, compassion and caring."

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San Antonio Military Chapter

"For your generous contribution to the Fort Sam Houston Warrior and Family Support Center..."

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Mark Lipinski...


stopped by the Mancusco Quilt show in New Jersey to say "hi" to Linda.

An ardent supporter of Quilts for Kids, he always makes us feel special.

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1,000 Quilts!

Jane Darling's dedicated group of volunteers has completed 1,000 quilts for serious ill children since December, 2009!

Kudos to them, and thanks to Church of the Good Samaritans in Holland, PA, for generously giving the quilters space to work.

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Norfolk, Virginia, Delivery

 

Thanks to our delivery volunteer, Jack Young, who brightened the day of young patients at Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters in Norfolk, VA.  We are always talking about our wonderful, generous quilters, but we have to give a shout-out to our friends who load up their cars and save us considerable shipping costs.

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Augusta, Georgia, Delivery

 

"We were able to deliver 26 pieced quilts to the Ronald McDonald House in Augusta on Monday. Thanks so much to everyone who helped get this donation together.   In 2013 we donated 54 quilts, this year we more than doubled the number with 117 quilts donated.  I look forward to continuing to work with you all to make 2015 even better.   I wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!"

 

Cristol Johnson

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Thank You...

Berry Basket Quilt Guild of Medford, NJ.  Founding president, Linda Arye, enjoyed your holiday party.

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70 Quilts...

 

Delivered by Sugarland, TX, Chapter!

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135 Quilts...

 

Delivered to Wisconsin Children's Hospital by Renee Henning and her Milwaukee Chapter!

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Fundraiser in Florida Supports QFK

 

 

The River Hall group of the Lehigh Acres, FL, chapter held a successful fundraiser November 13th at the Residents' Welcome Back Social. Donations from community members included Baskets of Cheer, quilted items, golf items, and a variety of other treats. About 100 residents enjoyed a silent auction, raffle, and a "Buy It Now" table and raised  a nice sum to help continue the Quilts for Kids effort to comfort children.

 

 

"It took a great deal of work to stage this event," relates Shelly Albert, "but it was worth it. We are lucky to live in such a warm, generous place, where many people are committed to Quilts for Kids."

 

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Listen to Linda on WOGL, 98.1

 

Brad Segall, recently spoke with Heather Walter, Visit Bucks County, Linda Arye, Quilts for Kids and Linda Weingard, Quilt Academy about quilting…a quilt exhibit at Visit Bucks County in Bensalem and Quilts for Kids on his radio program "Philadelphia Agenda," WOGL.

 

To hear the interview, click here.

 

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Thanks, Henry Glass!

...for sending us this beautiful "Fruitful Hands" fabric by Jacquelynne Steves of The Noble Wife.  We can't wait to see how the quilts turn out.

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Off to a Strong Start

 

What began with two friends who share a love of quilting has become Just Because Quilting, a northern Minnesota chapter of QFK. 

 

Aitkin residents, Julie Pearson and Bette Lang have just donated six quilts to the Aitkin Fire Department for distribution to children in need.

 

Learn more at www.justbecausequilting.com.

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Northeast Georgia Chapter Gets Grant

 

The Foundation of Jackson EMC, one of the nation's largest electric co-ops, has given a $5,000 grant to QFK's Northeast Georgia Chapter, reports Chapter Leader, Betty Wright.

 

The not-even-two-year-old chapter has donated over 600 quilts made by 200 volunteers to children at Northeast Georgia Medical Center and local shelters. 

 

This grant will allow the group to continue to supply these children with the little quilts which are filled with love by the volunteers who make them.

 

Pictured at left are workshop participants, Betty Wright (Chapter Leader), Betty Garrett, Jane Kesler, Sue Zarter, Donna Proctor, Marilyn Johnson and Judy Marsh.  Not pictured: Pat Steinkraus, Anna Simpson and Chris Anderson.

 

 

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Bakersfield Delivery

With the help of Ronald McDonald House, QFK Bakersfield Chapter (CA) delivered quilts to Memorial Hospital.

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New Quilts for New Homes

 

Look carefully at the little boys in the picture.  It seems they are way more interested in comparing their quilts than in listening to the grown-ups talk!

 

At a recent Habitat for Humanity Penn Villa Dedication, Habitat volunteer and avid quilter, Sara Bostancic, presented each child with a quilt, and spoke to the guests about her personal connection with QFK. 

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Visitors at Quilt Festival...

 

Included Cheryl DeCamillo from our Sugarland, TX chapter on the left and Sharon Hicks from our Baton Rouge, LA, chapter on the right!

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Thank you, Camelot Fabrics!

 

This is just part of the shipment of donated kid-friendly fabric from Camelot.

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Silicon Valley Delivers!

 

...50 quilts to Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford in August. 

 

Pictured: Michelle, Priscilla and Karen

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Columbiana Delivers!

 

20 little quilts went to Children's and Women's Hospital in Mobile on Thursday.   "What a joy to deliver so many blessings!"

 

...and 20 more to King's Home, Chelsea, AL.  This is the Foster Care Center that Columbiana Chapter adopted as part of First Lady of Alabama, Dianne Bentley's state-wide project to give all foster care children in Alabama quilts of their own.

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Exciting Things are Happening!

 

...with Pellon, Juki, and Camelot Fabrics.

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Over 1500 Quilts are on the Way to Oklahoma!

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 Girl Scouts Help Deliver

 

Smiling Faces in Georgia

 

Northeast Georgia Chapter Leader, Betty Wright, reminds us that their first year was a great success.

 

  

 

 
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