Windsor Quilter’s Guild is not just a group of ladies and gentlemen who meet once a month to share quilting tips. One of the important parts of our group is giving back to the community. This includes our “comfort quilt” projects, our monthly “random acts of kindness” programs and our “quilt raffle” at our bi-annual Quilt Show.
COMFORT QUILTS: We are very fortunate, in that many of our members donate fabric to be used in our comfort quilt projects. This committee cuts up the fabric and prepares kits that members can take home and assemble. The returned “tops” are then “sandwiched” with batting and backings and quilted. At present we are desperately looking for quilters to sandwich and quilt almost 200 tops so that we can distribute them to some of our groups who are in need. We are always looking for new groups to donate to but some of our past recipients include: the Windsor Rehab Centre, Maryvale, Hiatus House, Windsor Regional Children’s Centre, the Salvation Army, the Paramedics, and Family Respite Services. If you know of any organization that could benefit from a comfort quilt, please contact us.
RAQK (Random Acts of Quilt Kindness):
One of our more recent community outreach programs features a different community group that needs assistance each month. Members bring in items to help support that group. December’s outreach was a food collection for the Salvation Army, and any non-perishable food items that could make a Christmas dinner for a family in need were donated.
QUILT SHOW RAFFLE:
In the past it has been our tradition as a guild to raffle off a quilt at our biennial Quilt Show. Names are submitted of worthy charities and that group receives a donation from the raffle ticket sales. In 2015 we were very fortunate to have worked with “UP About Down”an organization that supports families whose babies are born with down syndrome. It was our pleasure to be able to present a cheque for $7000 to this truly worthwhile group. Below is a photo of the front and back of the 2015 raffle quilt. Definitely a big hit!