|Saturday, November 10, 2018
The Westside Quilters Annual Philanthropy Workshop "Giving For Thanksgiving"sewing day. Join us on Saturday, November 10th at St. John’s Presbyterian from 9:30am-3:30pm. for a day of fun, food and philanthropy!
Please come for the day or stop by for hour or two. Bring a machine or just yourself. We will be having a potluck lunch so please bring a food item to share. We will provide paper products, plastic ware, coffee, water, and a dessert or two. Everyone is welcome whether you sign up or not.
We'll have the following stations at the workshop:
*Sewing blocks and/or quilts together
*Making and attaching binding
*Hand sewing labels
*Making receiving blankets
Thank you to the members have continued to make the strip blocks. We have quite a few blocks returned. Please continue to bring any completed blocks or quilt to the November 10 Philanthropy workshop. We are already off to a good start having collected over 20 quilts, numerous knitted hats and scarves and receiving blankets. We are looking forward to completing more projects at the November 10th workshop and are looking forward to making deliveries to A Child’s Dream and Upward Bound before Christmas of this year. If members have larger pieces of fabric to donate suitable for quilt backs it would be greatly appreciated. Batting would also be appreciated. If you have children themed fabric, this is also a good time to use it for receiving blankets.
If you have quilting pins to spare, please bring those too!
||Two new philanthropic opportunities for 2017-18 are listed below...
Upward Bound Family Place Upwardboundhouse.org is an outreach program connected to United Methodist Church in Santa Monica which helps families transition from homelessness into shelter. Their families would appreciate quilts in all sizes, but would especially appreciate twin or larger size quilts.
A Child's Dream www.achildsdream-ca.org A Child's Dream holds two yearly distribution programs to assist poverty level families. One distribution program is held in August to help with a child's school needs and the other distribution is in December to help the entire family celebrate the holiday with dignity and love. Since we are quilters, A Child’s Dream will take all quilt sizes and would particularly like quilts for babies, toddlers and older children, along with receiving blankets for babies (a chance to use your flannel), and for those who want to use their knitting/crocheting skills, hats of all sizes.)
Here are some helpful links for instructions :
Receiving blankets from Jenny Doan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TtXmuARqg38
Ellen Harpin’s adult hat: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/ellens-knit-hat
Two Baby Hat Knitting Patterns
50 Beginner Crochet Hat Patterns
How to sew a Burp Cloth - easy for beginners!
Dollies Making a Difference
Dollies Making A difference is a 501(c)3 non-profit community of women based in Pacific Palisades who create one-of-a-kind handmade Dollies and colorful Teddy Bears each wrapped in a small quilt for children all over the world who are in need of something special, made just for them with love and compassion. More information about the organization is available at dolliesmakingadifference.org and in this article from the Palisades Post. Westside Quilters can contribute by making small fabric quilts or knit or crochetd blankets which are wrapped around each Dollie or Teddy Bear. Each finished quilt is approximately 16”x16” consisting of a top and back. Batting may be used but is not required if you are using flannel. The quilts can be any design and appropriate for boys (with teddy bear) or girls (with dollies).
Below are some sample ideas.
Have fun… be creative by adding your own ideas, scraps, trims, quilting…
||USC Norris Center Cancer Hospital, Keck Hospital of USC
The Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center is seeking donated quilts to be given to their grieving families in the time of their family member's passing. With each quilt their goal is to provide their families with the compassion and support they need during such a difficult and grieving time in their lives.The quilts will be a remembrance of the person to whom they are saying goodbye. One quilt will be laid across the foot of the bed of the passing patient for comfort. The families will then take the quilt with them after leaving the hospital. The quilts can range from 30" wide X 50" long or 40" wide X 60" long. Quilts can be delivered to the Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center or mailed to the facility at 1441 Eastlake Ave., Suite 1335, Los Angeles, CA 90039. Contact Priscilla Marin at Priscilla.firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a delivery time or for more information on the Center.
Del Pueblo - Baby and Children's Quilts
Las Familias Del pueblo is a
501(c)(3) organization - a community center in a converted one-room
storefront for sweatshop workers and their families. Las Familias serves
more than 500 families a year. There is an after-school program for
about 100 children, English-as-a-second language classes, a weekly legal
clinic for work-related problems, and assistance with whatever needs
for the mostly immigrant families. The center has a kindergarten/first
grade charter school that provides a full-day, academically challenging
curriculum to some of this city's most educationally-at-risk children.
Las Familias is located at the edge of skid row and the start of the
love to have baby and children quilts to hand out to their families.
Work is slow this time of year for garment industry workers; the monthly
average salary being $750-$800. Many families live in converted shed/garage
situations, where it can be very cold. Hence, quilts and blankets are
very welcome. Baby and children's quilts of any size are welcome. Address:
307 E. 7th St., Los Angeles, CA 90014 Contact: Alice Callahan Phone:
Los Niños - Children's Quilts
Los Niños Means “For The Children”. Para Los Niños
is a nonprofit organization that has worked for more than thirty years
to create academic success and social well-being for children. Through
early education centers, charter schools, and wellness centers, we offer
high-quality education integrated with family supports, mental health
services, and community engagement opportunities to thousands of children
living in at-risk neighborhoods in Los Angeles county. Para Los Niños
would like to receive quilts that are 36” by 46” for the child care
center. Quilts that are larger are very welcome and will be given to
needy families and their children. There are no size requirements for
quilts that will be given to Para Los Niños families.
Dresses for Africa
Dresses for Africa is a non-profit 501c3, Christian organization,
which provides relief to the children of Africa. Simple dresses are
made out of pillow cases or cotton yardage, and distributed through
the orphanages, churches and schools in Africa to plant in the hearts
of little girls that they are worthy! These are very easy and fun to
are the instructions courtesy
of Nancy's Notions.
QUILTS FOR ST. JOSEPH'S EARLY LEARNING CENTER.
The Center provides intervention, prevention and educational services
to needy families and individuals on the Westside of Los Angeles. and
is considered “one of the pre-eminent social service organizations serving
low-income members of the Westside community” by The California Community
Foundation’s Donor Connect newsletter. They provide enriched childcare
and parent education services that nurture children’s healthy development
while promoting stability and self-sufficiency for their families. There
is a need for quilts for kids at the Learning Center.
X 40" minimum (crib size)
should be made from washable materials, be quilted or tied.
Since the center services low-income and homeless families, other sizes
of quilts would also be welcomed. Quilts should be delivered to WSQ
Philanthropy Chair at the general meeting or may be picked-up or dropped-off
by prior arrangement.
FOR WOUNDED WARRIORS
The Wounded Warrior Program ships quilts directly to Combat Hospitals
in Afghanistan and Iraq for critically wounded Military Personnel (Wounded
Warriors). They are transported from combat areas on stretchers inside
converted cargo planes with minimal heating. The quilts donated are also
used as part of patient care in the Intensive Care Units. Handmade quilts
provide warmth, comfort, color and softness to their surroundings and
show our gratitude for their sacrifices.
Quilt Guidelines Recommended by the Military Medical Community:
Size: 4 ft by 6 ½ ft (48” x 78”)
Materials: 100% cotton fabric and batting; 80/20 blends are acceptable
Design: Any quilt pattern in appropriate patriotic colors and themes.
Here is one suggested
pattern. For more check out the WQ Show and Tell pages!
Quilting: Machine quilting, hand quilting or tying is acceptable
Label: Appropriate label containing quilter’s name, date made and an expression
Pillowcase: Please include a pillowcase in a coordinating fabric to match
the quilt (20” x 30”); used to contain quilt for shipment.
Delivery: WQ requests that the quilts be brought to WQ Quarterly Meetings
for “Show and Tell”. WQ will coordinate deliver of the quilts to Arlene
Zobrist, Blue Star Mother, South Bay Coordinator.
YWCA TRANSITIONAL HOUSING AND EDUCATION PROGRAM
The Santa Monica/Westside YWCA provides a Transitional Housing and Education
Program for eight (8) young woman, between the ages of 18 and 22 years,
who are former foster youth. They are provided with a home, food, social
support and services for up to two and a half years while they attend
school full-time, work part-time, save for their future and attend life
Size: To fit a single or twin bed (mattress size 40” x 75”)
Materials: Washable materials
Design: Suitable for young Adult Female
Quilting: Machine quilting, hand quilted or tying accepted.
Label: Appropriate label containing quilter’s name, date made and an
expression of a successful transition to Independence.
Delivery WQ requests that the quilts be brought to WQ Quarterly Meetings
for “Show and Tell”. WSQ will coordinate delivery of the quilts to Sharrie
Wunder, Housing Director, Santa Monica/Westside YWCA
HOUSE QUILT PROJECT
Furnishing Hope, a non-profit organization that provides the interior
décor/furniture for Habitat for Humanity Wounded Warrior
Battalion from Orange County to San Diego. This is an ongoing project
that furnishes four homes a month for wounded US Soldiers coming back
from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Quilt Guidelines provided by Furnishing Hope:
Size: 12” wide by 16” high in vertical format.
Materials and Quilting : Up to you! Any fabrics or composition, but
must contain an image of a house and an American Flag. Also two pop
tops sewn on the top back for easy hanging. Some great ideas for quilt
designs and completed quilts are posted on www.thehousequiltproject.blogspot.com
Label: All quilts must contain a label that is sewn onto the back by
hand with text provided here
Delivery: Share finished project at WQ Quarterly Meetings and deliver
or mail to Jamie Fingal. Contact her at Jamie.Fingal@gmail.com
for mailing information.
QUILTS FOR JAPANESE TSUNAMI/EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS
Keiko Tapp's family lives in Northern Japan in the area hardest
hit by the 2011 tsunami and earthquake. She has personally made hundreds
of quilts for the victims. Keiko sends the quilts directly to family
members who distribute the quilts to those most in need. As winter approaches,
Keiko has asked for help in sending flannel baby quilts to this area.
The basic requirements:
Size 40 X 54 inches
top and flannel backing. Flannel should be washed before sewing. For
the top Keiko usually uses 6" squares, but any pattern is acceptable.
of 80% cotton and 20% polyester - relatively low- loft.
uses the pipllowcase method rather than traditional binding. This allows
her to round each corner (better for babies who might chew or distort
the corners into sharp points.)
1. Layer the quilt top and backing, right sides together, with a layer
of batting on top
2. Sew a 1/2 inch seam allowance all the way around the quilt, rounding
each corner, leaving enough opening to fit your hand in.
3. Invert the whole sandwich to turn the quilt right side out.
4. Hand stitch the opening closed.
uses a 4.0 machine stitch in a generous meandering pattern to quilt.
Again, any machine quilting is acceptable.
you can make some baby quilts for Keiko, please phone her at 310-390-3790.
Keiko will arrange to pick up the quilts from you and will handle all
shipping to Japan.