September meeting: Charities

Our September meeting focused on charities as we heard from representatives of three different nonprofits about the work they do as well as learning about ongoing charity projects from members. We also welcomed four new guild members: Penny, Amy, Debbie, and Teresa. We look forward to working with and learning from them.

Ongoing charity sewing opportunities

clothing protectorsBarbara talked about having visited the Twin Lakes Memory Care unit for a tour and a meeting with Ashley Davis, their activities coordinator. Ashley was eager to have us sew for their residents and loved the fidget mats members have sewn. Regarding adult bibs, she was concerned ours were too small – even though we thought they were large. She also said velcro closings do not hold up to repeated washings – three times a day. She actually had some fabric a family member of a resident had purchased and donated along with a pattern for a larger clothing protector and spools of ribbon for ties at the neck. Barbara made a couple of these and shared them at the meeting and will get back with Ashley to see if they will meet their needs.

Barbara and Lisa showed off the adoptee quilt blocks they had made for children recently adopted through Carolina Adoption Services located in Greensboro. Children from all over the world are adopted by families in the U.S., and a group of quilters at Twin Lakes volunteered to create one-block wall hangings for adopted children to welcome them home. Barbara and Lisa were especially pleased to have mastered printing on fabric fused to freezer paper for the message on the front and label on the back.

Adoption quilt

Back of adoption quilt

Adoption quilt

Adoption quilt back

In May, several of our guild members attended a “Journey Home” celebration of families at Twin Lakes where quilters were able to give their quilts to children and their parents. See adoptee quilt photos from that event and others made by our guild members. These little quilts are easy to create; contact Barbara if you’d like the name of a child to receive a quilt you make.

Accompany the raffle quilt!

Lisa reported on raffle quilt ticket sales and encouraged members to keep selling tickets and also to return to her any unsold ones. There are several upcoming opportunities to accompany the quilt and sell tickets including this weekend’s Carousel Festival at the Burlington City Park and the Autumn Fest (Oct 7) in downtown Mebane. See the events list in the members only section for dates and times of these and other area quilt shows and contact Lisa if you can help out.

Need help with colors?

colorsLisa also reported that on Wednesday, September 20, Alamance PieceMakers (local guild that meets during the daytime) is hosting Lee Chappell Monroe who will be doing a program about color – a challenge for many of us. APM has invited our guild members to join them for this meeting – held from 9-noon at Elmira Recreation Center in Burlington.

Guests and their work

NALES donation quiltOur first speaker was Krystal Paylor with NALES Tough. She shared the history of the organization that began as an online support forum for those who had lost a relative in the line of duty and has evolved into a multifaceted effort to assist families in need. Krystal coordinates the giving of quilts to children who have lost a parent in law enforcement and reached out to us to assist in making quilts. Our group had committed to making five quilts and we actually donated seven quilts at the meeting. See photos of our NALES donation quilts. Krystal was appreciative and also let us know that size doesn’t matter and that they get more quilts for girls than for boys, especially older boys/teens.

Next up was Cathy from A Hearts Cry in Graham.  She talked about their work with women who find themselves pregnant and surprised – not only teenagers, but older women as well. They provide ongoing counseling and support before and after a child’s birth and are especially in need of quilts for older siblings who sometimes feel left out after the arrival of a new baby.

Lastly we heard from Betty Stevens with Operation Christmas Child and how they provided over 11.5 million filled shoeboxes to children around the world. As with NALES, they find they are more in need of boxes with items for boys, especially in the 10-14 age range. She also showed us a plastic box with lid that can be ordered from their website or purchased at Hobby Lobby, and she talked about how for some children the plastic box is as precious as its contents.

And the winner is…

The block challenge for this month involved red, green, gold, and black fabrics, and we ended up with 12 varied and beautiful blocks. Terri-Lynne was the lucky winner of all the blocks.

Quilt blocks Quilt blocks

Pam won the nametag drawing and took home a pack of pins and a magnetic pin pickup tool.

Next month’s block challenge

For the October meeting, Miranda has proposed we each make a pumpkin block from the Quilting Queen Online.

Several members shared orange fabrics at the meeting for others to take home. The background fabric should be white or white on white and the block should be 12 1/2 inches (to finish at 12″). Your name is entered in the drawing once for each block you contribute.

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