Museum Quilt Guild maintains an active community service program. Each year we host one or two work meetings where members gather to work on quilts which will be distributed into our local community according to need. Members also donate quilts they have made themselves. Currently we distribute to the VA Medical Center, NYS Veteran's Home, WNY Foster Closet, Lipson Cancer Center Institute, Wilmot Cancer Institute and All Babies Cherished. We also distribute quilts to local churches, agencies or charities for their fundraising activities.
A Thank you......When I finished my chemo at the Wilmot Center in Batavia, I received my choice of a beautiful lap quilt donated by your guild. I was overwhelmed by your generosity and talent. As I am a life time sewer, I appreciate the time and talent to make such a beautiful gift. It is too stunning to use as a quilt so I have hung it where I see it every day and think of the good wishes that went into it's making. Thank you so much for the wonderful gift, I cherish it. It helped through a difficult and scary time.
Ongoing Community Service Projects.
1). We have connected with the Buffalo chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace (SHP), to make twin size quilts for children aged 2-17 years. The quilts are for standard twin size beds. If donating a quilt top, please make it no larger than 66" x 84" so a standard twin batting can be used.
You can learn more about the organization at https://www.shpbeds.org/chapter/ny-buffalo They also have a Facebook page you can follow: Sleep in Heavenly Peace—Buffalo.
2) We are currently supplying lap size quilts to Wilmot Cancer Center (2 locations).
3) Small lap size quilts for children 0-5 for the Agri-Business Child Development center in Batavia
4) Surgical Caps for children (see committee for pattern or click here for pattern.
5) Salvation Army Gift Bags for Children Click here for instructions.c
6) We are currently collecting half square triangle blocks for community service quilts.
We are asking for the half square triangle blocks to be made half with white fabric, and the other half with kid friendly prints or bright fabrics.
To make the blocks, please start with two 7-inch squares. Draw a diagonal line on the back of one of the fabrics. Layer the two fabrics, right sides together, and sew 1/4 inch away from the line on each side. Cut on the drawn diagonal line, and iron the seam to the darker fabric. Then, please trim the blocks to 6.5 inches.
We will be collecting these blocks through the May meeting.
Wheel Chair Quilts for VA Medical Center
The VA Medical Center has asked for some lap quilts, specifically for those persons in wheelchairs. If you have a quilt to donate to this Community Service project, please contact the Chairpersons for drop off.
Click Here for a chart on preferred sizes for use with wheelchairs.