The 2015-2016 year proved to be a very successful year for our charity baby quilt program, providing over 100 baby quilts to the Rotary Women’s Auxiliary for inclusion in the layettes that they provide to new mothers in need. In addition, several of you provided numerous baby hats. The Rotary Womens’ Auxiliary greatly appreciates the many beautiful quilts that you make and indicated that the women receiving them express great joy and emotion. They are very touched that someone took the time to make something so special for their newborn.
The 2016-17 year is off to a great start with the committee receiving 21 quilts in September. We also have planned several “baby quilt days.” The first is a kit making day in late October. The second is for sewing baby quilts and that day will take place in the new year. That date has yet to be set, so stay tuned for more information on that event.
Our committee looks forward to 2016-17 being another productive year. We also hope that our “baby quilt days” will not only help with our production, but also provide an opportunity for Guild members to get to know other members. These days are fun and we encourage you to join us, especially if you are new to the guild.
We are very proud to be part of this program and the role that we all play in brightening up someone’s day. Thank you to all of you who have supported this program by making quilts, cutting and assembling kits, donating fabric and making the beanies.
Keep them quilts coming!
Kathleen, Heidi, Cheryl
Baby Quilt Coordinators
About the Charity Baby Quilt Program
Our guild’s charity baby quilt program provides members the opportunity to make quilts while at the same time giving back to our communities, to those in need. This program is administered by the Baby Quilt Committee.
Over 100 quilts are made annually by guild members and the committee delivers these to the Rotary Women’s Association for inclusion in their baby layettes. These layettes are distributed by Vancouver Coastal and Fraser Health public health nurses to new moms on an “as needed” basis. The Rotary Womens’ Auxiliary has been providing this service for many decades and we are happy to be able to contribute.
Donated fabric is used to make up baby quilt kits (fabric, batting and pattern) for members to sign out and complete. Other members donate finished quilts made entirely from their own fabrics. The committee makes batting and backing available for members using their own fabric to make a baby quilt donation. Supplies are available at the guild meetings.
In order to have kits available for members to complete, we have kit making days where members of the guild are invited to help cut fabric and assemble baby quilt kits. These events are a great opportunity to meet other members and to contribute your time in helping with the ongoing operation and activities of the guild.
If you wish to make a charity baby quilt, we have developed guidelines for these quilts (CLICK HERE). Please come see us and we will be pleased to answer any questions you may have.
Once again thank you everyone for your contribution!
Kathleen, Heidi and Cheryl
Baby Quilt Coordinators
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