Welcome to the first stop on the 100 Quilts for Kids Blog Hop. Yes, this year DC Modern Quilt Guild is continuing the tradition of making quilts for kids. In my experience, quilters are, by nature, givers. We sew and donate quilts to so many causes. Just check the blogs that you read to see how many do.Good.Stitches buttons you see! This year our quilts will be going to Carpenter’s Shelter in Northern Virginia. In the busyness of DC and its environs, it is all too easy to overlook the less fortunate. This 80 bed shelter for the homeless generally serves 25 children each week. It is difficult enough to comprehend life for homeless adults. But homeless children, well I can’t even imagine. We hope to provide them an ample supply of quilts for these kids.
My first experience of working on charity quilts was long ago for Project Linus. In recent years I have taught sewing to a small group of kids and we donated the simple flannel quilts we made to Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. In the spirit of service learning, the kids also did some research about the hospital and what it is like for a kid to be there for an extended period of time and for their family. The sewers were pleased and surprised when some adults in our community stopped by and told them about, and sometimes even showed them, the quilts that their children received while at the hospital. This year one child in my group brought in her quilt from a hospital stay when she was much younger. By now it was a bit thin and ragged, but she still has it. Bit by bit they understand how this imperfect bit of cloth could be so comforting and meaningful to its recipient. Although we were not allowed on the wards when we delivered the quilts, bringing them in person and hearing about how and when they are distributed furthered the sense of satisfaction for the kids.
This year I am contributing two quilts that were originally part of another project that sat and sat. I simply would never finish that quilt as it was planned. I used some of the blocks and reworked the design. It was so satisfying to make something that will offer warmth and security out of a project that earlier just had no love in it. I am thrilled to be donating these two quilts.
In addition, a group of DC Modern quilters are joining me in making a group quilt. The focus fabrics are Denyse Schmidt Quilters Quarters that were kindly donated. We each are digging into our stashes to supplement that fabric to create a harmonious but scrappy economy block quilt. Here are the blocks that I have made so far.‘During our sewing day in September we will start to arrange the blocks and then sew together the flimsy. One of our members that does fabulous free-motion quilting will then quilt it for us. I will post the quilt when it is all done.
So, what are you waiting for? There are so many ways to participate…start a quilt to donate, or look through your lonesome WIPs that might never see sunlight again and give it new life, or gather a group of friends and work on a quilt together. Donate it to Carpenter’s Shelter or someplace in your community that serves children. Think of the comfort and joy that it will give a child. What’s that I hear? You don’t actually quilt? Then consider supporting kids in another way. Carpenter’s Shelter is collecting school supplies as are many organizations this time of year. Tbere’s nothing quite like starting the school year all equipped and ready to go!