Service Quilts 

Coordinator – Bev Fuchs

For your help with our service projects, you will earn raffle tickets for a drawing at the end of the year.  Three raffle tickets are available for each quilt – 1 each for piecing, quilting and binding the quilts.  You can also earn one raffle ticket for participating in a service sew-in day.  At the end of the year, we draw for a gift certificate towards workshops or retreats put on by Common Threads.

Moms-2-Be Baby Quilts

We make baby quilts and donate them to the Moms2Be program. Moms2B helps young mothers in the Weinland Park area (43201) near OSU. The program brings in doctors, nurses, OSU Extension professionals, academic researchers and many others in to help these young mothers. They learn about nutrition, food safety, food choices for pregnant moms and young children, cooking skills and budgeting for food. They learn about labor, delivery, breastfeeding and parenting skills. They learn about about appropriate exercise and how to stay in school, or find a job. The program provides a strong support system for these mothers, friendships and a sense of family.  To learn more about the program, see their website.

Service Days are scheduled to make the baby quilts for Moms2Be. Several members gather to coordinate fabrics, cut strips and piece together baby-sized quilt tops.  The tops are packaged with backing, batting and binding for members to take home to machine or hand quilt, and bind.

In Nov 2013, Twinkle Schottke, the Program Director for Moms2B visited us to talk about the program.  She delighted us with her stories about giving our quilts to the new moms, and renewed our motivation to continue making them.  Twinkle was recently honored January 2013 as one of the 20 Outstanding Women by Sunny 95.  You can find the article about Twinkle and the program here.

Jefferson Elementary School Pillow Project

Our guild helps the students of Jefferson Elementary School with their charity work by making patchwork cover for pillows.  The younger students stuff the pillows, and the older students sew them closed. The pillows are then given to children at Nationwide Children’s Hospital on Valentine’s Day.  You can help by donating fabric and/or sewing up the pillow covers.  There is usually a sew-in day in January where we all meet to sew the pillow covers are together.  Click here for instructions to make the pillow covers.

Quilts of Valor

The mission of the QOV Foundation is to cover ALL those service members and veterans touched by war with Wartime Quilts called Quilts of Valor (QOVs). Click here for more information about Quilts of Valor.

There are several ways to volunteer for Quilts of Valor:

  1. You could donate a quilt you’ve made.  If you want to make your own quilt, the QOV recommends the ideal quilt size is 60″ by 80″.  The minimum size is 55″ x 65″ and the maximum is 72″ x 90″.   Please go QOVF’s website to see their requirements http://www.qovf.org/content/basic-qov-requirements.html.
  2. Put together one of the kits our guild has put together.  Bev Fuchs has kits available at each meeting which provide the fabric and pattern.
  3. You can take a pieced top and quilt it.
  4. You can donate red, white, and blue fabric (yardage please, not scraps).
  5. You can present a finished quilt to a service member in the Ohio area.

Here is a 2014 Quilts of Valor quilt label [pdf] to download for your QOV.  It can printed onto special fabric fed through a printer, then cut out and sewn to the back of the quilt.

Dog and Cat Beds

We make dog and cat beds for the Franklin County Dog Shelter and the Capital Area Humane Society.  We have rounded up some donated upholstery fabric and stitched them into bags.  Your job is to take one of the bags home with you and use it to collect your quilting scraps.  No pins (!), no paper, no trash.  Just little scraps of fabric, batting and thread.  When it is full, turn the edge over on itself and stitch it closed.  Viola!  A dog or cat bed!  Different sizes are available so if you don’t generate beaucoup scraps, take a smaller bag or perhaps join with some friends to stuff a larger one.  We’ll collect finished bags at each meeting, and get them to the shelters.

Fabric Donations

We have a need for baby, blenders, and red white & blue fabric for our charity quilts. Please consider donating 1/2 yard or larger pieces of fabric.  Backings for the baby quilts need to be at least 2-1/2 to 3 yards and 4 to 5 yards for a Quilt of Valor backing.  Please bring your pre-washed donations to Bev Fuchs.

Donated Quilt Statistics

2017

  • 310 pillows to the Children’s Hospital through Jefferson Elementary School

2016

  • 83 baby quilts to Moms2B
  • 3 quilts for Quilts of Valor
  • 254 pillows to the Children’s Hospital through Jefferson Elementary School

2015

  • 93 quilts to Moms2Be
  • 8 quilts for Quilts of Valor
  • 251 pillows to Children’s Hospital through Jefferson Elementary School

2014

  • 63 quilts to Moms2Be
  • 6 quilts for Quilts of Valor
    225 pillows to Children’s Hospital through Jefferson Elementary School

2013

  • 119 pillows to Jefferson Elementary School
  • 116 baby quilts to Moms2Be
  • 42 quilts to Quilts of Valor
  • 2 quilts to the James Stitching Sisters

2012

  • 82 pillows to Jefferson Elementary School
  • 32 baby quilts to Moms2Be
  • 1 quilt to Quilts of Valor

2011

  • 14 kids quilts to KidsNKamp
  • 5 quilts to Quilts of Valor

2010

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