Donation Quilts

The Donation Quilts function of the Guild, headed by Amy Gilmore, provides quilts to children in emergency situations such as hospitals, shelters, police and fire stations.  We also provide quilts to veterans in demonstration of our appreciation for their service to our country. The Guild was asked to supply place mats and  36″ x 36″ lap quilts for those in Senior Living and Extended Care facilities.  If you have a charm pack in your stash that is one of those “What was I thinking” items, this might be a good opportunity to use it.  Turn it into a lap quilt!

August 2018: The Donation Quilts committee needs all of us to meet the needs in our community.  If we all do a little, together we will give much.  Choose a step or two and share your skills and talents.

Patterns: Do you have cute but quick patterns for kids, place mats, wheelchair or lap quilts?

Fabrics:  Next time you sort your “collection”, pass along those pieces unlikely to make it into a planned project.  Remember – the global fabric collection is Fake News.

Designing: Do you love helping diverse fabrics make new friends?  Lend us your creative vision.

Cutting: A bit OCD?  Really into accurate detail?  Well-prepared pieces make putting a top together a breeze.

Piecing: Love puzzles?  No long-arm?  Pick up a kit of pre-cut pieces for a tip and return when completed.

Quilting: If you love this part of the quilt-making process, take a kit which includes top, back and batting.  We’ll try to include the measurements to help you choose.

Labeling and Delivery: We use iron-on labels and deliver items to Sheltering Wings in Danville, Children’s Bureau in Plainfield, Family Promise in Avon and Hendricks County Senior Services.  It would be great to have members in each town to take this on.

Hopefully, one of these steps called out to you!  Everyone is invited to be a part of our service to our community.  Questions, comments, ideas? Feel free to email Bobbie Brinson or call her at 317-694-3337.  (If you can, text or email is preferred.)  Love my fellow Scrappers!

June 2018:Since our February meeting, we have delivered nearly 30 quilts to Sheltering Wings, Children’s Bureau, and Family Promise.  We will begin providing wheelchair quilts and place mats through Hendricks County Senior Services in Danville.

Each of these organizations uses different numbers and sizes of quilts, and all would make use of pillowcases or tote bags if donated.

On June 9, we held a “Kit Day” at St. Susanna’s Church in Plainfield, since many members have shown a preference for kits which include all of the required fabric.  An amazing group of 16 wonderful women cut, sewed, matched fabric, measured, sorted and worked together to organize our eclectic fabric collection.  Not surprisingly, many answered the call of fabric and took projects home to complete.  A  number of “orphan” fabrics found families, and when the time came to leave,  several  tired ladies requested another workday be scheduled for fall!  Didn’t I say they were amazing?

Packing up, the “sorting specialists” organized and labeled the totes, which will make it much easier to find materials and keep track of our progress.  As of now, we have:

  • 5 “ready to quilt” kits
  • 7 “ready for batting” quilts
  • 13 “in need of finishing” tops with backing and border fabric
  • 8 tops “in search of a back”
  • 4 large pieces “eager to back a top”
  • a large, interesting, puzzling and hilarious assortment of “would be in a quilt” fabrics waiting for their chance to shine.

To help raise awareness of our donation quilt project and activities, and to interest more members in participating, I’m preparing a presentation board with pictures of this year’s completed quilts with note cards on which those who helped with the quilts can sign or comment.  Eventually, I would like to scrapbook these or do something digitally to make them available as we continue.

The fabric is now in my little condo, but the batting remains at Beth’s.  If members need to shop for fabric or are ready for batting, they are welcome to contact me.  I now have wheels!

February 2018: Now is the time for all good members to come to the aid of the community by participating in Donation Quilts!  We are asking for your time, talent and compassion to carry on the tradition of quilters stepping up to bring love and comfort to our neighbors.

At every meeting this year, look for projects ready to you to pick up and assemble, quilt and/or bind.  We will be scheduling work times when we can come together to prepare and move projects along by choosing patterns, selecting fabrics, cutting, basting, visiting, snacking and sharing our skills and friendship with one another.

If you have pieces large enough for backing and suitable for kids’ quilts or lap/wheelchair throws, we would welcome those contributions, and if you know of or learn about a need in the community, let us know.  All ideas, suggestions and questions are welcome.  Join us and be a part of making life a little warmer.

November 2017: We are at 100 quilts for the year!  I know that we can pull together 20 quilts before the end of the year.  I have finished tops, kits, batting, and backs!  Please email me if you need any supplies and I will bring them to the meeting.
Also, I still have a fat quarter for each finished quilt, so let’s see those quilts!

March 2017: This month Amy Gilmore challenges everyone to quilt a top!  She has around 30 tops that need quilting, ranging in size from crib to queen.  If you want to practice your free motion quilting, or you love to stitch in the ditch, this is your chance! Amy will have kits made up of a top, batting and a back at the March meeting on Tuesday.  Take a kit to be entered into a drawing for a great prize.And when you return the finished quilt, you will be entered into another drawing for fat quarters from Crimson Tate, so you have a chance to win twice!!

February 2017: A HUGE thank you to everyone that came out for the work day!  Amy Gilmore has a bunch of kits for tops, and tops that need to be quilted, please see her in the back of church to pick one up at the monthly meeting.  Also, don’t forget that any quilts turned in will get a raffle ticket for a fat quarter bundle from Crimson Tate!

January 2017: Amy Gilmore invites everyone to a work day for Charity Quilts on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at the Brownsburg Fire Territory (470 N. Northfield Dr.) Amy will be there from 9-4, so please come for as long as you are able.  She has a TON of fabric, so you really only need your machine, thread, and your amazing quilting skills!  If you have any questions please call, text, or email her. We hope to see you all there!

Amy Gilmore

December 2016: Congratulations to Gal Pals for winning the beelet challenge!!  Also thank you to everyone who participated because we were able to donate 102 quilts so far this year!!  Donation Quilts will continue to work with Children’s Bureau, Inc. and we are planning more great challenges.

PS. Save up those red, white, and blue scraps.