Coordinator Nancy Johnston
The Community Outreach Program has made a very good start in clearing the backlog of the quilt tops matched with backs and batting and ready for quilting. There remains about 40 tops to be made into quilt sandwiches. The focus remains on getting these quilts to the members to be quilted. A big thank you to all that have made that possible.
As I am a fairly new quilter with only about 18 months of quilting experience and am a new member to the SCQG, I had some basic questions about our Cuddle Quilts. I will outline below the information that I have learned to share with new members and as a refresher for long-time members.
Who are the Cuddle Quilts for?
The Catholic Children's Aid and the Police Department of Hamilton. The children can be newborn to 18 years of age.
What size should the quilts be?
The quilts should be no wider than 41 inches and be between 40 and 60 inches in length.
What materials should be used?
Ideally quilt tops should be made of cotton or a blend of cotton/polyester. The batting can be 100% cotton, ab 80/20 ration of cotton/polyester, polyester, or blend of cotton/wool, the backing can be cotton or flannel. If using flannel it should ideally be pre-washed to allow for shrinkage.
How should they be quilted?
The quilting should follow the batting recommendations as listed on the bag of batting. The batting that the guild supplies is an 80/20 cotton/polyester blend and the directions state that the quilting can be as close as 1/4 inch and as far apart as 3.5 inches. Three and a half inches is about the width of your fist. Since these quilts will be washed regularly we ask that members keep this in mind when deciding on how to quilt each individual quilt.
What about a label?
In each kit we are including a label that should be sewn on to the back of the quilt, ideally in the lower left hand side of the quilt.
In September, Detective Kerry Deuntch, from the Police Department presented the executive of the SCQG with a plaque recognizing the work that the guild has done. The plaque will be at the November meeting. We have invited the police department to pick up the next batch of quilts at the November meeting, just in time for the cold winter weather.
We thank each and every one for making this a very successful Community Outreach Program!
“The SCQG has done an amazing job of returning 26 completed Cuddle Quilts for the January-February period. They will be greatly appreciated by the children who receive them.
Currently, I have been blessed to have a group of volunteers join me on Thursday’s at Dorothy’s home to work on preparing kits for quilt tops, and preparing backing binding and batting for the packages to be quilted by members. These special volunteers include Maggie, Marilyn W, Linda C, Dorothy S and sometimes Sandra and Penny. Without them I could not get the kits out to the members. Thank you 🙏 any member can come out to join in the fun on Thursday’s
We have also had several members donate cotton fabric to Cuddle Quilts. Thank you very much!
So as we get into spring cleaning and you find some fabric that you don’t want anymore it may be just what Cuddle Quilts is needing. Just bring it to the meeting and we will make good use of it!
Next month I will provide a summary of the ideal Cuddle Quilt Specifics. If anyone has any suggestions for me please drop them in the suggestion box. We will consider all suggestions.”