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.

Meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Friday of the month – held at 12:30 in the Charlton Grange building.  The next meeting is September 26th.

 

Your donated tops and finished quilts are greatly appreciated!  There is an immediate need for children’s quilts to be donated to the Southbridge YMCA later in September.  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 Donnelly know if you are able to help out.

 

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. If you are unable to join us on Fridays we will have kits 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.  

Thanks for all you do!

Contact Terri Donnelly for more information: tdonnelly4647@charter.net.

 

In addition, we donated 20 cases to Be Like Brit organization. You can go to www.belikebrit.org site to see what this is all about. You may remember that Britt Gengel was a Central Massachusetts’ college girl who died in the massive earthquake in Haiti during a volunteer mission in January 2010.

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                                                Incubator 48 x 66

Lap 40 x 54                                                 Shawl 22 x 72

Wheelchair 38 x 47                                    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.

 

Pillowcases

If pillowcases are more your style and speed, the Outreach Committee always accepts pillowcase donations.  We have a partnership with the ConKerr Cancer organization (www.conkerrcancer.org), where all of the pillowcases are donated.  So, keep those pillowcases coming!

Here are a few guidelines from ConKerr Cancer’s website:

  • Use cheery fabrics for kids – colorful and fun as possible

  • Remember many patients are adolescent boys and girls, we always need pillowcases appropriate to teenagers

  • Cotton or flannel only!

To make one pillowcase, you need:

  • 3/4 yard of fabric for pillowcase

  • 1/3 yard of fabric for border of pillowcase

Sewing Instructions:

  1. Cut the body of the case 26 1/2″ x 40 1/2″ and the border 10 1/2″ x 40 1/2″.

  2. Fold the border in half lengthwise, with the wrong sides together, and press.

  3. Place the right side of the border on the right side of the body of the case. Stitch together using a 1/2″ seam allowance.

  4. Place right sides of the pillowcase together. Stitch down the side and across the bottom. Turn to the right side and press.

  5. Please finish seams so the pillowcases will not fray.

 

Note: Make sure to wash the fabric for the protection of the children with suppressed immunity.  Place each pillowcase in a quart-sized ziplock bag.   Drop off the pillowcases at the Outreach Table before each meeting or at any of the following locations:  Auburn Sewing Center, Appletree Fabrics, Charlton Sewing Center, and The Fabric Stash.   ConKerr Cancer has indicated that Shaw‘s Supermarkets will give ConKerr a small percentage of your purchases on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays if you use your Shaw’s card.  It will not take away from any other goals you may be trying to achieve with your card.  All you have to do is register.

 

 

The YMCA Childrens Gift Program The guild is once again participating in the YMCA Childrens Gift Program. You may choose a child’s name at the October guild meeting. Gift suggestions will be available with each name. Anything you give will be appreciated. Please bring your wrapped present, with attached sticker, to the November guild meeting. Thank you. Questions call Cathy Carpentier 508-765-5033 or prac134@hotmail.com