“Warm Kids Quilts”
Quilt Guild sew in for our warm kids!
WarmKids―our outreach to provide quilts for children in our community―began in the fall of 2011.
That year we found ourselves with too many quilts for Headstart kids, our longtime recipient of children’s quilts. Child care workers at First Step, DCCCA’s program for women battling alcoholism, asked for quilts for children staying at their facility with their mothers. We also delivered quilts to Lawrence Homeless Shelter kids that Christmas.
Since then, we have donated quilts to First Step, Pieces for Pediatrics at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Family Promise, GaDuGi SafeCenter, Inc., The Willow Domestic Violence Center, CASA of Douglas County, and Lawrence public schools.
Through 2015, KVQG members have donated more than 700 quilts. All materials and time for this program are donated by our members.
Info for quiltmakers: Warm kids quilts can be any size – they go to all ages, babies to teenagers. The quilts for Head Start are ~42’’ × 42’’ with a flannel back and no batting. These need to be strongly stitched as they will be deeply loved.
For more information about this program contact: Kim Rodman firstname.lastname@example.org
An additional project for 2016-17 is making doll quilts for the Salvation Army to give with every doll given for Christmas . These were made by Jennifer Glenn and Barb Lynch.
We make comfort pillows for the Visiting Nurses Association to give to their patients. The pillows are designed to be heated in the microwave. When draped around a patient’s neck or other part of the body, they provide relief for stiff or sore muscles.
To help with this project, or to donate, contact Sammie Messick at email@example.com. (Instructions or ComfortPillows are provided in the July 2012 Guild newsletter.)
Mini-Quilt Benefit Auction
Each year at the KVQG Quilt Show a silent auction is held for mini-quilts made by guild members. Money raised goes to several local charities. In 2015 our charities are:
- Douglas County CASA utilizes community volunteers to act as advocates for children who have been abused or neglected and are under the protection of the juvenile court.
- The Sexual Trauma and Abuse Care Center provides 24-hour comprehensive advocacy and support services for child and adult victim-survivors of sexual violence.
- Kaw Valley Quilters’ Guild, an educational, non-profit organization with the purpose of stimulating an interest in quilts and promoting and advancing the knowledge of quilting in all its forms.
- Lawrence Habitat for Humanity builds homes for deserving families in Douglas and Jefferson Counties.
- Lawrence Humane Society provides shelter, care, and advocacy to stray, homeless, and abused animals and nurtures the human-animal bond.
- Social Service League serves low income residents of Lawrence. Auction proceeds go to the League’s program to provide eye exams and glasses for Lawrence school children and eye glasses for adults.
- Spencer Museum of Art, on the KU campus, has an outstanding collection of quilts and quilt blocks. Auction proceeds go to quilt preservation and exhibition activities.
Festival of Trees
The Festival of Trees was a huge success for The Shelter, Inc. The Kaw Valley Quilter’s Quilt “Jayhawk Blessings” quilt brought in $600! It was designed and pieced by Kathy Pribbenow and quilted by Kelly Cline.
In February 2009, the Kaw Valley Quilters Guild presented a unique quilt Douglas County CASA, featuring colorful hands of the volunteer CASAs and the child/children they served. It was used to decorate the entrance to the 2012 Quilt Show.