Opportunities for Service
Quilters are wonderful at giving their talents to help others. The Quilter’s Guild of Dallas offers ways for you to use your quilt skills to help others through our Covers for Kids Program and Miniature Quilt Auction.
- The Annual Miniature Quilt Auction raises funds for a selected charity by selling miniature quilts at a live auction during our annual Quilt Show. Miniatures are a great way to try something on a small scale to see if you like the technique!
Covers for Kids
One of the most visible and most appreciated community service projects of The Quilter’s Guild of Dallas is “Covers for Kids.” CFK seeks to provide children with a warm quilt of their very own. What better way to let a child or teenager know he or she is loved? Last year over 450 quilts were given to the Ronald McDonald House, Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, and Vogel Alcove.
We need quilts in all sizes, from crib/nap quilt size up to twin bed size. This is a good way to use those leftover blocks from previous quilt projects or try new techniques. Workshops are regularly scheduled to get together and make Covers for Kids. Click here for the schedule and location.
Remember, members can participate in Covers for Kids in several ways. It is not necessary to make the entire quilt. Help is needed to make a top, piece a back, and quilt or sew binding. We are also in need of people who are willing to iron. There is a project for everyone.
• Covers for Kids needs backing fabric. If you have 3 or more yards to donate please bring to the next meeting.
• Christmas quilts of any size, crib to young adult, to donate to the Ronald McDonald House in November 2017, for families who spend time in the
hospital. If you have Christmas fabric that you unsure of what to do with, consider making a quilt. Finished quilts are due by October 2017.
Ronald McDonald House
The Ronald McDonald House serves as a "home away from home" for families of seriously ill children who are hospitalized or receiving treatment in Dallas area hospitals. Many of these children are having transplants of some kind which means their families stay in the house for an extended period of time. Upon entering the house, the children are allowed to go to a special closet and pick out a quilt for themselves. They go through them all (sometimes with their entire family), looking for just the right one for them. They get to KEEP this quilt as a remembrance of being at the house.
Many of the children return to the house (sometimes years later) , and bring their quilt with them. For many, they have outgrown the size and theme of the quilt, but it serves as such security and comfort that they don't mind that it is small or worn.
This is day-care center for children of homeless families. While parents are either getting an education, getting a job, or getting started at a new job, their children are taken care of for them at the Vogel Alcove. It is run like any other children's day-care center with regular hours and classrooms. The only difference is that the children have no home to go to in the evenings. Most of the children are housed in one of our local shelters with their parents.
The ages of the children in the center are from birth to 6 years old (when they would be going to elementary school). The center gives this care for free to parents who qualify for assistance. Most of these children come in the door with nothing. They are given a quilt on their first day in the center, and sleep with it every day at nap time. When they go on to another day-care or school, which means they will no longer be coming to the Alcove, they are GIVEN the quilt to take with them. This becomes a great memory maker for them, and in most cases it is the only thing they can call their OWN.
Dallas Children's Advocacy Center
This center is designed to provide each child with a friendly, non-threatening environment that offers support and protection in one central location. Housed in their offices are the Dallas Police Department and Dallas County Social Services, as well as investigators and therapists to aid the children. Child abuse is a growing community problem and the DCAC's goal is to minimize each victim's trauma through a multi-disciplinary approach. DCAC serves all of Dallas county.
The young victims of sexual and physical abuse can tell their painful stories just once and then the child can be spared of having to repeat their "pain" again. The professional expertise of the staff at the center brings a more complete understanding of individual issues for each abused child. Many times these children have been brought in the middle of the night with nothing but the clothes on their backs. They are given a backpack with toiletries and a change of clothing as many are not returned to their homes and are ultimately put in foster care. Some of the children also receive a quilt as provided by our project.
Mark your calendar for our remaining 2017 CFK Workshops at Hobby Lobby on Highway 78 Lavon Dr. in Garland:
We start at 9:30 and end about 4:00 or 4:30, but feel free to come for all day or just for a few hours. We generally add borders and make quilt backs.
Come and join us! We promise lots of fun, laughs and you may even learn a new quilt trick. You will leave knowing you have helped a child or teen have a brighter tomorrow. Email Community Service. to be added to the CFK workshop email list.
Looking for an easy CFK pattern using your scraps? Click HERE for a pdf of instructions to make this quilt. While it is shown in a very coordinated way, a scrappy look would also be nice.
The organizations that benefit from Covers for Kids have wish lists of items that they can put to good use. You can drop these items off at any guild meeting.
Vogel Alcove Wish List
- Disposable diapers - size large (any brand)
- Wipes - Baby Fresh Wipes preferred
- Misc. Baby Care Items - lotions, Desitin Ointment, bibs, and pacifiers.
Ronald McDonald House Wish List
- "Dallas" sports items, such as t-shirts, hats, etc. with logos, photos, etc. of the Cowboys, - Rangers, Stars.
- Small needlework kits, craft kits, etc. that have all items included.
- Small Shampoo/Soaps from Hotels
- Blank books to use as journals
Dallas Children's Advocacy Center Wish List
- Personal hygiene items for children (toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant)
- Art Supplies for the Center (crayons, playdough, non-toxic glue sticks, colored construction paper)