Giving to others is a core element of the Guild’s mission and of the character of quilters in general. We have been blessed with a skill and, for most of us, the resources to share our skills in ways that “blanket” others in our community with the warmth and comfort of our quilting arts. The Guild gives back in several ways.
Quilting for Others accepts fabric donations that are redistributed to Guild members, bees, and other sewing groups who transform the fabric into quilts, pillowcases, and stockings that brighten the days of sick children, their siblings, and the elderly throughout the region.
Quilt-a-Thon is an annual, two-day event where quilt tops get sandwiched, sewn, and tied for distribution to hospitals, nursing homes, and hospice care organizations in the greater Tucson area. Every year, over 100 quilts are finished and distributed.
Bears. Looking for a different kind of sewing activity? This group supplies interested sewers with small teddy bears and patterns for clothing to dress the bears. Choose your own fabric. Bears are distributed to underprivileged and sick children in Tucson.
Want to help? Talk to committee chairs at the monthly meetings. Pick up some fabric to transform into a quilt, or a pillowcase, or a stocking. Pick up a bear and a bear’s clothing pattern. Join us in August for the annual Quilt-a-Thon.
Want to help even more? Get involved. Meet other guild members. Consider joining one of giving back teams. We can always use extra hands to sort fabric, sit at tables during monthly meetings, and prepare tops for the annual Quilt-a-Thon. Talk to the current chairs, and consider becoming a chair yourself in future years.
Take a look, as well, at our affiliate organizations. Opportunities to quilt for others and to advance the art of quilting in general exist in many organizations in many different ways.