Our guild works with multiple charitable organizations providing quilts to a range of programs helping people in our community and beyond.
We accept any size quilts or quilt tops, and are always looking for help with quilting, backing, and binding. Our Philanthropy chair collects finished quilts, selects the best recipient organization, based upon need and donation criteria, and then delivers them so that they can reach their new home.
All of our finished projects can be seen in our Charity Quilts list. Contact Audrey or Pam if you have any questions or suggestions about charity projects.
More than just Quilts!
Our philanthropic projects also extend beyond quilts. We organize group challenges to benefit charitable organizations and have donated fabric to several groups to support their sewing projects. We have donated fabric to: Quilts for Kids, Social Justice Sewing Academy, and Bill Wilson Center.
Last year, our members jumped at the chance help Bill Wilson Center with a donation of handmade totes to be given to the young adults this great organization supports. Such a great variety of totes were returned, 46 in total!
2018 Philanthropic Work:
We chose to broaden our philanthropic efforts in 2018 and work with multiple charitable organizations to provide quilts to a range of programs helping people in our community and beyond.
This meant we could accept any size quilts or quilt tops, from baby and children’s quilts to lap size and twin, even queen size. We collected 25 finished quilts and another 5 quilts tops. We also donated fabric, batting, and finished items to charities.
QuiltCon Member Charity Quilt Challenge – 2018
Our 2018 QC Charity Quilt Challenge quilt, Orchard Through Time, represents the theme of “Modern Traditionalism” by taking a traditional block and representing it through traditional prints, modern prints, and in free-form solids. We always consider our local area and so chose the “Orchard” block for our quilt as the Silicon Valley was once primarily orchards, and is now a modern technology center. You can read more about the detailed design process here.
The finished quilt transitions from traditional to modern, through fabric, tone, and movement within the overall quilt. Our members enjoyed seeing it hanging in Pasadena will all of the other MQG Charity Quilts celebrating this iconic modern quilting theme.
2017 Philanthropic Work:
In 2017, we elected to work with the Bill Wilson Center to provide quilts to a range of programs they host to help local foster and homeless youth in our community.
Bill Wilson Center accepts any sized finished quilt tops. Since their services help such a range of people in our community they will happily accept baby quilts, children quilts, and larger lap or twin sized quilts. Our charity chair hand delivered them to the Bill Wilson Center in which our contact will find the best home/person to deliver donated quilts.
For more information about Bill Wilson Center, check out their website here:
QuiltCon Member Charity Quilt Challenge – 2017
We were excited to participate again this year in the QuiltCon Member Charity Quilt Challenge. This year’s challenge inspiration prompt was “scale”. Along with a predetermined color palette, our guild set out to form a QuiltCon Charity Quilt committee whom would be responsible for conceptualizing, planning, designing, and making our charity quilt.
As in the past, our finished quilt hung at the QuiltCon East in Savannah, GA the last weekend in February. We are particularly proud of the message our quilt represented this year. You can read more about the significance of the design and message here.
For more information on the QuiltCon Member Charity Quilt Challenge visit the QuiltCon website here: http://www.quiltconeast.com/quilt-show/quiltcon-charity-quilt-challenge/
2015-2016 Philanthropic Work:
We had great success the past two years working with Quilts for Kids and donating more than 30 completed quilt tops to the organization. We look forward to continuing our mission to contribute to our community.
For more information about Quilts for Kids, check out the website here:
QuiltCon Member Charity Quilt Challenge – 2016
For the second year in a row, we participated in the QuiltCon Member Charity Quilt Challenge. This year’s challenge inspiration was “Improv with Intent” and another predetermined set of challenge colors. After the quilt was hung at this year’s 2016 QuiltCon Quilt Show it has come home to the Silicon Valley and donated as a contribution to Quilts for Kids. For more information on the QuiltCon Member Charity Quilt Challenge visit the QuiltCon website here: http://quiltconwest.com/get-involved/member-charity-challenge/