In June, during a moment of weakness, I agreed to chair the Community Outreach Committee for my quilt guild for the 2012-2013 year. I like to make outreach quilts and it seemed like a low stress way to help out both the quilt guild and the community.
What I did not know about the job is that it came along with the privilege (read responsibility) of storing and managing the guild stash. I had no comprehension of the enormous quantity of fabric, batting and WIPS that entailed. The fabric was contained in seven large totes, four large IKEA bags, 10 smallish boxes, and 5 large boxes. In addition, there was a large box of completed flimsies and 47 finished quilts! Yikes! Too much fabric, too much stuff. To prevent complete overwhelm, I decided to get busy with the committee to package up kits for guild members to piece, quilt and bind. We have worked very steadily and since June, we have completed 118 quilts.
In September, we donated 54 quilts to Victim Services, a community service that assists police, fire and para-medical personnel to tend to victims in the case of accident, crime, trauma and natural disasters.
This photo shows Nancy (orange top), a member of the Community Outreach Committee presenting the quilts to Laura Cherry, Program Coordinator of Victim Services Guelph Wellington. Behind them is an array of some of the quilts we have completed.