Click on the image for a cool article on making Quilts of Valor quilts, where experienced quilters pair up with rookie quilters to make quilts for returning soldiers.
If you’d like to help make some quilts you can join the Hands2Help charity quilt challenge. Sarah Craig’s blog can hook you up to make quilts for Happy Chemo. They provide quilts and comfort for chemo patients. Their goal is to make 1500 quilts and they’ve already made 600. Click on the image to find out more.
Bettye Smith makes about 1000 quilts a year for charity. Bettye says, “I get joy out of seeing somebody smile and some times they want to hug you.” Click on the image for the full story.
The Redwood Empire Quilters make quilts for many local charities including quilts for premature babies at St. Joseph Hospital. Click on the image for the full story.
Blogger and quilter, Victoria Findlay Wolfe worked with school kids to make this quilt. Each child created their own quilt block, with the theme, “What Is Safe?”. The quilt commemorates the 10th Anniversary of the Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation. Click on the photo to read the full story of this project and the foundation that inspired it.
The James Stitching Sisters, a volunteer group affiliated with James Cancer Hospital & Solove Research Institute, The Ohio State University have been a designated group since 2004. By 2005, with the goal of providing quilts to breast cancer survivors receiving chemotherapy, 275 completed quilts were amassed. Distribution started in June 2005, and since then, we have had enough quilts to provide, thanks to our wonderful volunteers. To date, we have distributed over 6,300 quilts that are all machine quilted, at least 48×60 inches, and delivered with a message for emotional and physical warmth. The program has expanded to include all newly-diagnosed breast cancer patients (and, re-diagnosed with metastatic disease), lung cancer survivors, pediatrics patients receiving radiation therapy at The James, cancer patients at a satellite site, a diversity enhancement project, and women with gynecologic cancers that are receiving chemotherapy.
Our 9th Annual Quilt Day is planned for April 6, 2013, an event that attracts over 200 participants yearly. This is our annual event to thank our current volunteers, a day full of fun, laughter, fellowship, prizes, and lots of sewing/quilting! It will be held at the Bethel United Methodist Church on Bethel Road, Columbus, OH from 9-5. We welcome new volunteers and anyone who is willing to provide some hours to us, to either sew/quilt, or help with ironing, food, registration, etc.
We are fortunate to have donated office space from Nationwide Realty which enables us to have a gathering place, dubbed the ‘Sewing Center’. There we house our fabric, supplies, batting, quilts,etc. with a regular schedule of work days. We have two Nolting long-arm quilting machines which enable us to fulfill our initial pledge to machine quilt every quilt. In addition, many volunteers provide loving stitches from their mid-arm machines at home.
We are supported by generous monetary donations, fabric donations, and grants, such as the William Davis & Family Foundation.
Visit our website at http://www.stitchingsisters.org
Joanne Lester, Project Coordinator
James Stitching Sisters
A Montclair Mom has combined creativity, recycling, comfort and entrepreneurship to start a quilt business. Click on the photo for her story. Click on the image for the full story.