Our very active and dedicated Outreach Committee, chaired by Terri Donnelly, is responsible for making and distributing quilts and pillowcases to many local organizations…..and the Committee is hiring!  No pay, but lots of fun with friendly, dedicated and helpful people.

From September through May, meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Friday of the month at 12:30 p.m. in the Charlton Grange building.  The next meetings are May 10th and May 24th. No meetings in the summer.  Come join us, make some new friends or meet up with some old ones.  We can use people with sewing machines or people to tie the quilts if you don’t want to carry a machine.

What do we do at these meetings?  We take the quilt tops that have been given to us and layer them with batting and a backing.  They are then sewn together by the group that brings a sewing machine to the meeting.  We use the pillowcase method to put these together.  After sewing they get turned right side out, pressed and returned to the sewers for topstitching.  Then the group that ties the quilts works on them.  After they are tied the quilts go home with two of us to have labels sewn on them.  When some of the quilts are too large to tie we have some longarm quilters that will quilt them for us.  The quilt tops that we use come from tops that members of the guild have donated to us.  Some of these are tops from the kits that we have available at every meeting.  Others are tops that members have made and do not have a use for them at home.  We take all sizes of tops since our list of who we donate to have varied needs.

Who do we donate to?  Last year between October and May we donated 138 quilts to our local community. Infant and crib size quilts were given to Learn Your Options in Southbridge, Bethlehem House in East Hampton, and Clearway Pregnancy in Worcester. Kid sized quilts are given to the Tri-Community YMCA in Southbridge. The Charlton Fire Department also receives kid and crib sized quilts. Kid size and larger quilts are also given to the Worcester Interfaith Hospitality Network. Oncology size quilts are given to UMASS Memorial Oncology and the Cancer Center at Harrington. Lap and wheelchair size quilts are given to the following groups: Quaboag Rehab Skilled Care Center in West Brookfield, Southbridge Rehab and Skilled Care Center in Southbridge, Tri-Valley in Dudley and The Lutheran Rehab and Skilled Care Center in Worcester. Relay for Life receives a large quilt from us yearly. This year we are also donating to the Victims of Domestic Violence safe house in Southbridge and St. Luke’s Guesthouse in Southbridge.

If you are unable to join us on Fridays, kits are available at the guild meetings.  Pick one up, take it home to piece, and bring the top back to us the following month.  The patterns are all easy and go together quickly.  Every quilt we hand out makes a difference in someone’s life!  We cover the span from babies to seniors.

Your donated tops and finished quilts are greatly appreciated!  There is an immediate need for children’s quilts.  Children’s prints and bright colors are appropriate for these tops (or finished quilts!), which in general should measure 36″ x 40″ up to 40″ x 50.”

Volunteer longarmers are also needed to quilt the larger quilts.  Please let Terri know if you are able to help out.

Thanks for all you do!

For more information, contact Terri Donnelly at tdonnelly4647@charter.net .

Outreach accepts all sizes of quilts but finds the following sizes most helpful:

Infant 36 x 36                                           Oncology 45 x 60

Crib 36 x 46                                               Wheelchair 38 x 47

Lap / Kid 40 x 54                                      Large / Twin 56 x 71

For stress free volunteering, the Outreach kits are already sized!  Just stop by the Outreach Table and pick up a kit.