The Village Quilters group is actively involved in philanthropy.
For years, we have made and donated quilts to the neonatal ICU at Kaiser Permanente here in San Diego. These 32-inch by 42-inch quilts go on top of the isolettes to help keep the premature infants warm, protect their eyes from bright lights and let the families know that they are not alone at a difficult time. When the baby goes home, the quilt goes, too. The family often takes the time to let us know how much they appreciated having the quilt to brighten the hospital nursery. And for us, it’s a great way to support a good cause, use up scraps and try new techniques!
We also make quilts for Gently Hugged, a group started by public health nurses to provide gently used baby blankets and clothing to local families struggling to acquire the basic necessities of life. Those quilts can be 36 inches square up to 42 inches square.
Our third philanthropic project is providing quilts to our community’s Hidden Valley House, a shelter for abused women and their children. Those quilts can be a variety of sizes from children’s quilts to full-size ones for their mothers. These quilts provide comfort to those going through a major and trying transition in their lives.
For all of these projects it’s possible to give an entire quilt, with backing and batting, or you can just piece the top. You can make it with fabric from your own stash or pick up one of our kits that include fabric and a pattern. We can provide batting if you want to do the quilting yourself, or our generous long-arm quilters can quilt the top. We also have some members who volunteer to bind these quilts.
As you can see, there are many ways you can contribute to these endeavors.