Quilts Donated in 2020-2021
Covers for Kids
Many of our guild members generously give their time and skills making quilts for the Covers for Kids program. CFK seeks to provide children in difficult circumstances with a warm quilt of their very own. Last year over 579 quilts were given to the Ronald McDonald House, the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, and the Vogel Alcove.
Completed quilts are accepted at our monthly meetings and then delivered to each organization. Making a CFK quilt is a good way to use leftover blocks or try new techniques. It is not necessary to make an entire quilt as our volunteers can also use blocks and quilt tops. In addition, kits are usually available at guild meetings for those who would like them.
The first question is always “What size should I make?” We need quilts in all sizes, from crib or nap quilt size up to twin bed size. Colorful fabrics and novelty prints are best, but all cotton fabrics are acceptable. Christmas themed quilts are always needed for the holidays, and can be donated year round.
Covers for Kids Workshops
Covers for Kids workshops are scheduled each month for members to finish making quilts out of donated tops and fabric. Help is needed to sew borders, piece a back, quilt, or sew binding. We are also need people who are willing to iron.
The CFK workshops are scheduled on the last Saturday of each month at the Hobby Lobby located at 3178 Lavon Drive, Garland, TX, 75040. This is near the intersection of Hwy 78 and the George Bush Tollway, south of Firewheel Town Center. We meet in the classroom at 9:30 am and end about 4:30pm. You may come for the entire day or drop in for a few hours. Bring your sewing machine and basic sewing supplies. You will leave knowing you have helped a child or teen have a brighter tomorrow. Email us to be added to the CFK workshop email list or see us at the Covers for Kids table at the guild meeting.
Miniature Quilt Auction
The Miniature Quilt Auction occurs on Saturday afternoon of the Dallas Quilt Show. Members donate their miniatures for auction at the show. The size limit is 25” by 25”. Miniatures are a great way to try something on a small scale to see if you like the technique!
The beneficiary of the 2020 Miniature Quilt Auction is Life Restoration. After the cancelation of the 2020 Show, the Quilter’s Guild of Dallas donated $2000 to this worthy cause. Additional monies will be donated after the auction is held.
Organizations Supported by Our Guild
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 or cancer treatment that requires their families to stay in the house for an extended period of time. Upon arrival, 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 their stay at the house.
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
The mission of Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center is to improve the lives of abused children in Dallas County and to provide national leadership on child abuse issues. The 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.
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.