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Quilting for the Community – A Busy Winter!

Qutreach QuiltsWe have worked hard this winter making quilts for our guild’s community outreach efforts.  Since I took on the chair of the committee, we have completed approximately 150 quilts with another 60 kits in circulation to be assembled.  This photo shows about 80 of the quilts.  Most of these will be given to Victim Services in May.  About 10 large quilts will be given to Women in Crisis in June.

At that point, my chair role is finished.  Even though I have enjoyed it immensely, working with a wonderful team of quilters, I will be happy to be able to focus on my own projects.  Fall Fair season is coming up soon and I have almost nothing ready!  I’d better get cracking!

Several of my own projects are complete to the point of binding.  Always my stumbling block!  I tend to save this for when I have to sit waiting – during travel or waiting for appointments.  I have not had to do any waiting for a while, so the binding is piling up.  I’ll have to put a project right by the phone, so when I am chatting with a friend, my hands can be busy too!

A few more projects are in the block assembly stage.  I really like piecing blocks, but because I like small intricate blocks, it takes a while to get them done.  I may have to reconsider my decision not to post projects until they are done-done.  If I wait to post, it might look like I am not quilting.  Not true! I’m quilting steadily – but just not getting things to the finish.   It sounds like a new approach might be in order!

Quilting for the Community

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.