The Community Quilts Committee has collected and finished 98 quilts from the members of HAVQG. A plan for distribution is in place. Looking toward the next guild year, the committee is preparing directions and kits for the next guild year, and will distribute materials to members. More information will be posted on the “Current News” page.
Through Community Projects, our guild members create finished quilts which are distributed to various charitable causes such as women’s shelters, hospice, veterans, nursing homes, etc. Support is needed throughout the entire year and there are many ways to contribute:
- Take a quilt “kit” to work on at home. We have just tops or the whole caboodle
- Donate fabric, batting, or sewing supplies.
- Notify the board of local causes with an immediate need.
- Attend our annual workshop where we tie and bind the tops to backs.
- Collect and distribute the finished quilts.
- Hand sew the bindings and labels.
Donations of completed tops and/or finished quilts are especially appreciated. Members may request that their quilt be sent to a specific cause by attaching a note. Here are some guidelines based on these recipients’ needs:
Lap quilts that will be used with wheelchairs should have rounded corners and a bias cut binding. A standard size should be around 36’’ x 48’’ with minimum of 36’’ x 36’’ to a maximum of 48’’ x 48’’.
Hospice quilts are used as bed toppers and should measure 3’ x 5’ finished. These quilts are matched to the patient’s personality whenever possible and are later given to their family. Feel free to add novelty prints within a theme like fishing, travel, music, etc.
Operation Quilts of Valor that feature a theme should be gender neutral or masculine in nature. Minimum size 50’’ x 60’’ up to a maximum of 72’’ x 96’’. Machine or hand quilted only, not tied.
If using ties to finish the quilt, spacing should be about 6’’ apart and all knots should be secure. Tied ends should be trimmed evenly and approximately ½’’ to 1’’ long.
Bindings should be made from 2.5’’ strips cut straight or on the bias for durability and double folded.
All Community Project quilts are finished with the HAVQG official label, so please show pride in your work and your pride as a guild member in sharing the warmth and comfort that your work provides to others!