Betty Wright's North Georgia chapter has donated over 4,000 quilts in the 6-1/2 years they have been in existence. If you don't believe it, check out the delicious looking cake decorated accordingly, proudly displayed by Pat, Jane, Marilyn, Chris, Betty and Diana.
As the chapter grows, North Georgia has added another children's hospital to their list: Hughes Spaulding, joining Egleston and Scottish Rite, which are all Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) in different sections of the city.
Kudos to all those fine Georgia quilters!
Southwest Florida Chapter Gives to Golisano Children's Hospital
Recently, the Verandah Sew & Sews branch of the SouthWest Florida Chapter of QFK delivered over 60 quilts, plus many surgery hats, knit hats, preemie blankets and cough pillows to Golisano Children's Hospital in Ft Myers, Fl. They were taken on a wonderful tour of the hospital.
Stephanie Levin, the founder of the group said, "It made our work feel so worthwhile." On their way out, they met up with Gayle Edwards, who was delivering another 69 quilts from the rest of the SW FL chapter.
Bluegrass KY Update!
Since retired school teacher, Rosemary Campbell, started the Bluegrass Chapter in 2010, they have donated more than 2,400 quilts to Kentucky Children's Hospital in Lexington, among other locations, and have added knitted and crocheted caps and hand-made bears.
One of the members, Deb Evans, is gratified to be on the giving end of the process.
"I had a son who was born with problems, so we were those parents in the NICU. When people brought things in, it really meant a lot."
Many thanks to Fred Petke whose article in the Winchester Sun highlighted the Bluegrass Chapter's achievements.
Click here to read the article.
Bluegrass, KY, Quilts for Kids Comforts Kentucky Children
|Dominion Dave and Staffer Pam loads quilts for Norfolk.
We Couldn't do it Without Dominion Energy!
We are sending out a huge thank you to Dominion Energy Dave today. On his trip to the local Dominion office in Fairless Hills, he dropped by QFK headquarters and filled his car to the roof with hundreds of quilts destined for the children at the Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters in Norfolk, VA.
Thank you, Dominion for being there from the very earliest days of Quilts for Kids with grants enabling us to fund numerous workshops over the years so that we can put quilts into the hands of the children who need them!
|Dave's ready to roll!
Falls Township of Bucks County, PA Appreciates Quilts for Kids!
By including us on their website, they are helping us reach more quilters, volunteers and donors.
Hoosier Hills QFK starts off 2017 right!
Their first delivery was to Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis. (left)
Their second delivery was to Versailles Fire Department in Versailles, IN. (above)
Quilters and Patients Meet
Karen Casey, Chapter Leader of QFK's Albany, NY, Chapter recently shared a wonderful day with the local news team at WNYT, explaining how the quilts are lovingly put together and delivered to seriously ill children in the hospital.
Normally, the quilters are not able to go in and visit with the children, but a special exception was made that day.
See the heart-warming video here.
NEW JERSEY MANCUSO SHOW
One of the best parts of being at the Mancuso Quilt Fest in New Jersey is meeting some of our amazing volunteer quilters. Some are younger than others. It's Always a pleasure to meet all of you. Thank you all for the incredible work you do. It matters.
Come visit us again at The Oaks show September 14-17, 2017, Oaks, PA. Feel free to drop off any quilts you'd like to donate. We will make sure they get into the hands of the children needing them.
| On the left: Linda greets two of our most faithful volunteers...On the right, Linda meets one of our newest quilters!
Marie Bostwick launches her new book, The Promise Girls, at Quilts for Kids headquarters!
Marie Bostwick visited a Quilts for Kids Workshop and signed her new book, The Promise Girls, plus several past favorites for avid fans. Quilts for Kids founding president, Linda Arye helped keep up with the financial aspect of things.
|Thanks to Barnes and Noble, signed books are still available at their Oxford Valley location!
|This "skateboard quilt" is the product of a recent QFK workshop.
|The next day, Marie accompanied Linda on a mission of mercy to Capital Health System to hand out quilts to children.
Nobody doesn't like Batiks!
The Southwest Florida Chapterof Quilts for Kids was recognized at the Lee Health Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon with The Presidential Award for over 10,000 hours of service. Chapter Leader Shirley Condon was presented with flowers, a pin, and several citations honoring our chapter for our contribution for 2016.
Six chapter members accompanied Shirley to the luncheon.
The Knights of Columbus Bishop Edward T. Hughes Council #15540 presented quilts handmade by Quilts For Kids, Fairless Hills, PA. to the hospitalized children at St. Peter’s University Hospital, New Brunswick on Saturday, January 28, 2017.
Representing the council (left to right) are: Knight Andrew S. Casella, Grand Knight Joseph Lang and Knight Edward Koch. Receiving the quilts on behalf of St. Peter’s University Hospital is Child Life Specialist Kristyn Santee .
|Pictured: Linda (center) and volunteers Marilyn and Judith
|Had way to much fun at the Mancuso Quilt Fest of New Jersey in Somerset March 2-5.
A huge THANK YOU to David Mancuso and the team whoeachyearenable us to bring comfort to many more children in need because of the volunteer quilters we meet.
One of our wonderful partners, Timeless Treasures, teamed up with the NYC Metro Modern Quilt Guild to come up with these striking designs using the Dash Basics Quilts for Kids fabrics. You will love quilting with these eye-catching colors, and the best part is that you will be helping turn tears into smiles as Timeless Treasures donates a percentage to us!
|Coldspring Quilts for Kids
BEST OF SAN JACINTO COUNTY
This afternoon, we dedicated our 103rd Habitat Bucks home for Victoria and her children, Joyce and Darius.
|Victoria worked so diligently for her home--and we're glad that your quilt will always be as special part of it!
|Darius was SO excited to get his quilt! It didn't take long for him to ask to have it wrapped around him, superhero-style!
Our first meeting...
Southwest Florida Chapter...and our first delivery of quilts of the new year to Golisano Childrens' Hospital in Ft Myers, Florida. After a record year of over 1300 quilts, we're off to a great start with several new members sewing at our meetings and at their communities located in the area. We're excited to be part of such a wonderful organization that strives to bring comfort to children in need.
Coldspring Quilts for Kids
... had the opportunity recently to share 30 of their precious little quilts with Buckner Orphanage in Conroe, TX. The Dalls-based organization has been in existence for many years, but just recently opened a branch in Conroe.
to our friends at Raymour and Flanigan for helping us fund-raise at their Langhorne, PA, location!
On Their Way to the Turkey Bowl
150 quilts were loaded up and taken to the Third Annual Turkey Bowl by Raymour and Flanigan staff member David, and a friend with a truck, Mr. Jacobe. This year's Turkey Bowl was a great success, providing Thanksgiving dinner to over 500 guests who celebrated with free bowling, games and a photo booth. All 150 young recipients of the quilts were delighted with their hand-made gifts, stitched with love by QFK volunteers.
(Disclaimer: The following statement from The Mercury News contains an error: "This year, the organizers received help from Quilts for Kids, a group that works to provide quilts made from old fabric to children in need.")
Quilts are always made from new, 100% cotton fabric.
Working to make our community a better place
Wells Fargo recently made a generous donation to Quilts for Kids. Accepting the check are Nancy Lacey and Cindi Rosenberger (center.)
|What fun our York, PA, chapter had at their KOHL'S volunteer day.
Volunteer quilters and Kohl's staff worked hard to create fun, beautiful quilts that will help children in their community.
Thanks, Kohl's, for pitching in to make our communities better places to live by helping children in need.
Kohl's Volunteer Day
A Big Thank You!
Laurie drove to headquarters in Pennsylvania all the way from Summerville, SC, with a load of 100 beautiful quilts...and took fabric back with her to start on another batch!
We love our dedicated volunteers.
Waycross Chapter Delivers 70 More Quilts
When Waycross, GA, chapter leader, Cheryl Sloan (center) and volunteer Audrey Mock (right) recently delivered 70 quilts to The Children's Hospital Navicent Healthcare in Macon, they ran into a familiar hero and discovered someone else who brings smiles to the faces of hospitalized children, just by washing windows!
Just when we were running low on donated fabric, Clothworks came through with a truckload!
We never tire of thanking this wonderful company and their awesome staff for being dedicated to helping us make a difference in the lives of children in need.
We are proud to support the companies that support us and the children we seek to comfort with your quilts.
Thank you, Local Linked Ladies!
When the Linked Ladies of Langhorne met founder, Linda Arye, and heard about Quilts For Kids, they immediately wanted to help by doing an event to raise funds for us, including raffling a quilt made by Linda for the express purpose of fund-raising. These ladies are dedicated to making a difference in their community, and we are grateful to them for including us in their causes. We are honored and humbled by their generosity.
LA Key Academy
From Burlington to Baton Rouge with Love
When devastating flooding hit Baton Rouge recently, Doane Academy teacher, Ginny Miller, got to work mobilizing the staff and parents of the venerable Burlington, NJ, school to adopt a family from her daughter's workplace, Louisiana Key Academy, so that the 105 students out of 300 who had lost everything could be helped.
In addition to clothing, toiletries, towels and other essentials, 105 quilts were loaded into the van headed for Baton Rouge, thanks to Doane parent, Lisa Esposito.
Quilts for Kids is once again so grateful to be able to comfort these children when they need it most.
Bakersfield, CA, Chapter just packed its 500th kit!That's a lot of work in just 4 years!
Hard-working volunteer, Lois, and Founding President, Linda, pack quilts to send to the flood ravaged area around Baton Rouge. Just as they get those huge bags filled, more calls for help come in. Keep on quilting! The need is always there.
News from South Sacramento from Malissa Enea
Big shout out to 'Beyond the Reef' pattern company for sending me a 45 lb box of gorgeous batiks and fabrics, mostly all large pieces. Also, we received a call from a fabricaholic who was liquidating her 10x20 storage unit...our chapter and satellite chapters are filled to the brim with gorgeous fabrics.
A local non-profit dance troupe took the fabrics we couldn't use. Such a blessing to so many people. We try to use a lot of fabric that isn't hospital appropriate for the homeless kids and Foster kids.
We will be using the scraps of the scraps to make dog beds for the local SPCA, so nothing goes to waste here in our chapter. Pillows for Pets and Quits for Kids. :-) I keep a trash can lined with a pillowcase next to the machine or when I'm cutting kits and the beds practically make themselves. Since I work full time, I have another volunteer finish them up.
I hope everyone is well at Headquarters. We are enduring another bad fire season and just barely over drought conditions here in the state of California.
West Chester, PA, Group Grows
Carole Koroluck, founder of the West Chester fourth Wednesday group, was recently interviewed by the WC Press, in West Chester, PA. Founded just a short time ago, the group now boasts over 40 volunteers who come together for four hours once a month at the West Chester Public Library to make quilts for Quilts for Kids.
(Pictured at left is one of Carole's first enthusiastic volunteers.)
York, Pennsylvania, Chapter of Quilts For Kids held a workshop at the end of July at Kohl's East York Store in York. Sue, Donna, Susan, Doris, Jackie, Marilyn and Mary Anne worked on quilts with store manager Ciere, and four employees. Thanks to Kohl's Associates In Action Program, the York Chapter will receive a $500.00 donation! Thank you, Kohl's, for your generosity to non-profits!
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
Vicki Young of our Canadian Chapter hands over quilts to nurse manager, Kirsten, at Sault Area Hospital.
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
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
CHOP Special Immunology
Terry Warden, QFK Winnfield, LA chapter leader made a Christmas delivery of 23 quilts to the Children's Miracle Network Hospital in Alexandria, LA.
On Behalf of American Indian Children,
San Antonio Military Chapter
"For your generous contribution to the Fort Sam Houston Warrior and Family Support Center..."
stopped by the Mancusco Quilt show in New Jersey to say "hi" to Linda.
Jane Darling's dedicated group of volunteers has completed 1,000 quilts for serious ill children since December, 2009!
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.
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!"
Berry Basket Quilt Guild of Medford, NJ. Founding president, Linda Arye, enjoyed your holiday party.
Delivered by Sugarland, TX, Chapter!
Delivered to Wisconsin Children's Hospital by Renee Henning and her Milwaukee Chapter!
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
With the help of Ronald McDonald House, QFK Bakersfield Chapter (CA) delivered quilts to Memorial Hospital.
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.
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!
Thank you, Camelot Fabrics!
This is just part of the shipment of donated kid-friendly fabric from Camelot.
Silicon Valley Delivers!
...50 quilts to Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford in August.
Pictured: Michelle, Priscilla and Karen
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.
...with Pellon, Juki, and Camelot Fabrics.
Northeast Georgia Chapter Leader, Betty Wright, reminds us that their first year was a great success.