Our Guild is involved in charitable work through the donation of quilts that are raffled to raise money for charitable organizations, as well as donating comfort quilts to shelters across the GTA and other organizations involved in emergency relief.
The Community Quilt Workshop group organizes the January YHQG meeting each year, in which we work in teams to assemble blocks to be made into quilts which are then donated or sold. This group also encourages YOUR participation by preparing kits for you to piece a quilt top, for you to quilt a pre-assembled quilt sandwich, or for you to donate a completed quilt made from your own materials. Kits and sandwiches are available at the CQ table at each YHQG meeting.
In January 2017 YHQG donated 32 comfort quilts to Seven Oaks, a long-term care facility in Scarborough. Here is the thank-you they sent:
“I wanted to thank you and you members for the wonderful and very generous donation of the beautiful quilts. Our new residents are enjoying them as well we have displayed some on the walls of our 5 resident units and will be having quilt draws to raise money for resident programs.
On behalf of the residents of Seven Oaks we really cannot thank you enough.”
Guild members have been so generous with time, energy and supplies in creating quilts or using CQ kits and/or quilt sandwiches to make quilts to be donated….to Syrian newcomers, residents of Fort Mac or women in shelters. Bev Stevens has already started cutting new kits for members to piece for even more beautiful quilts for distribution next year!
In May 2016, 16 quilts were received at the CQ table from the following:
own stash: Bev Newton (2), Mary Hallam (2), Helen Fujiki (3), Sheila Whiteley
CQ items: Ana Gandolfi, Elizabeth Davies, Jean Hiivala, France Barrette, Erica Rao, Kathy Schofield.
The grand total for the quilt year is at least 68 quilts. The response by membership for quilts to be distributed to Syrian newcomers was remarkable. In April, it was announced that going forward, CQ would return to the usual distribution to shelters with about 30-35 held for further Syrian newcomers.
35 quilts were sent to Fort MacMurray via the Hobby Horse in Georgetown. This was just in time for the call for actual quilts (beyond the need for cash donations), when the residents were advised that the process for returning/rebuilding could start.
Here are some of the comfort quilts made recently by our guild members (click for larger view):
A dedicated group of volunteers meet weekly on Mondays to coordinate the making of the quilts we donate to various charitable organizations across the GTA. The group meets on Mondays between the hours of 9:30am and 3:00pm at the Stan Wadlow Centre at 373 Cedarvale Avenue.(map below). YHQG members are warmly invited to come and enjoy the company of like-minded quilters who make possible the creation of comfort quilts, dedicating their time, talents and skills for a charitable purpose. We have lots of fun learning from each other – techniques, patterns, colour combinations, and more get passed around the room as we work. Lunch is especially enjoyable as it often includes a show-and-share session and discussions about future CQ projects. You can attend just once in a while or every time the group meets.
Supplies to make the quilts come from bequests, individual members and businesses. Recently, CQ has made its extensive fabric stash available for purchase by the membership, and this fundraising initiative has been especially helpful with the purchase of batting.
What should you bring when you come to the Monday CQ meetings? As little or as much as you please! Sewing supplies are readily available and we have some machines, mats and cutters for the group to use. If you prefer using your own equipment, you are more than welcome to bring it. Bring a lunch. Coffee or tea together with a cookie are available at the Clubhouse for $1. (Revenue goes to the seniors’ group at Stan Wadlow.) If you prefer, bring your own brew and a mug. A kitchen and a kettle is available. Be prepared to join a fun group of quilters in a journey of quiltmaking for charity and self-fulfillment.
Comfort quilts are distributed to organizations that provide emergency shelter or temporary residential facilities. Women’s shelters, shelters for new immigrants, nursing homes and the Linus project have all been beneficiaries of YHQG comfort quilts.
Want to help? You can attend the Monday meetings and lend your talents to the project(s) at hand. If attendance is not possible, the CQ table at the regular YHQG meeting offers quilt top kits and pre-sandwiched quilts to complete at home. You can also donate a quilt made from your own materials if you wish.
Is your group interested in receiving a quilt? If you would like more information on how to apply for and receive a YHQG community quilt for your fundraising project, please contact Wendy Dines.
A couple of years ago, guild member Nancy Webster started a quilting outreach project at Sanctuary. Here is a photo of some of the participants hand stitching on a ‘4-boards/4-clamps’ frame. This is their third group quilt in such a short time. What a wonderful way to bring quilting to a wider audience.