We received an Appreciation Award from the Hamilton Police Abuse Division for the quilts we donated.
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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!