Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Giving back

One of the nice things about being part of my quilt guild is to be able to participate in charity projects.  We have an ongoing relationship with the Walter Reed Veteran's Hospital where we send lap quilts in red/white/blue to be given to returning soldiers.  
Today being Veteran's Day, it seemed an appropriate time to post this.  But our guild has also done other charitable projects as workshops during our meetings.  This past month we created heart shaped pillows, made from fat quarters, that will be donated to a local hospital to be given to cardiac patients.  After surgery, it is more comfortable for the patients to hug a pillow to their chest if they need to cough, and these pillows are just the right size for that.

Another workshop we've had was to make stuffed teddy bear pillows that we donate to the local fire department and amubulance services to have on hand to give to any child in need of comfort during an emergency.  The pattern is a simple gingerbread type of bear shape, just traced, sewn and stuffed.  Here's the table full of teddies we had by the end of the night:


I told my brother about my recent post about the pillow I made from his ties, and that I wished I had taken a good picture of it.  He was kind enough to take this picture and send it to me via email.  Here is his pillow made from his ties:


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8 comments:

  1. Wow, nice quilt for the vets. The teddys are so cute what a nice guild you have. Such giving and caring people.

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  2. Those are great projects. I especially like that red, white and blue quilt. Lane

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  3. Your veterans quilt is so pretty. What a great charity! I haven't been to the guild this year. We were making quilts for underprivileged new mothers that were given out by the health centers. Your tie quilt turned out nice. Not like the thing our minister had.

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  4. What a kind and warm heart your guild has .I love those teddy bears I can just see a child's eyes light up when given one .Love the pillow .

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  5. Love all of your projects. Our guild is currently making quilts for chemo patients at our local hospital.
    Patricia

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  6. I love the red, white and blue quilt!

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  7. I like the pattern on the veterans quilt--lots of secondary patterns. Your teddy bears are so cute, and impressive to see so many at once. Your guild sounds wonderful. Karen

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  8. You have a very good and active guild. That must be a joy to be a part of. Your quilt is darling, the bears are so squeezable looking, and the ties never looked better. Is it time for you to come up for air yet? *LOL*

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