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!
Our guild is actively participating in the following outreach activities: Cuddle Quilts for the Catholic Children’s Aid (CCAS), Cuddle Quilts for the child and Elder Abuse Program, The Quilts of Valour Log Cabin Block project. I will give an update on all of these activities. But before I go any further I want to say THANK YOU for your generosity, creativity and hard work to make each of these so very successful.
Cuddle Quilts: since I started keeping track in September 2018 we have distributed 160 quilts.
Log Cabin Blocks for Quilts of Valour: we have 64 blocks and one quilt top which is another 48 blocks for a grand total of 112 blocks.
Please keep making the blocks for the Quilts of Valour Project. New pattern for 2020!
Nancy advised us that the Catholic Children's Aid Society will receive quilts from the Guild this week. To date 150 quilts have been completed.