Sandy Beasley is the Chair of Community Quilts in 2024. For information about the guild’s commitment, contact us at [email protected]. (scroll down to the bottom for quilting options for Community Quilts wit Ditsy Fish).
**Instructions for Guild Members making Community Quilts are below Photos.
1. Baxter Regional Medical Center Women’s Center Nursery2, Hospice House3. Serenity House4.The Call/Casa5. Center for Hope6. Gamma House7. Marion County Health Department8. Police and Fire departments9. Into The Light10. Alpha House
To date, Hill ‘N Hollow Quilters have donated over 6000 quilts to organizations across Baxter and Marion Counties.
April 2023 Donation to The Call organization
May 2023 Donation to House Manager, Michael Diegal at Alpha House
In 2019, 194 quilts were donated.
In 2017, the guild donated 128 quilts.
For Guild Members:
Some guidelines to consider for your community quilt donation:
Label–All quilts should have a label sewn onto the back indicating that it is a gift from Hill ‘N Hollow Quilters Guild. Preprinted labels will be available from the chairperson or you may make your own. IMPORTANT–Copy and print directly onto colorfast printer fabric and follow directions carefully or use “Bubble Jet Set”
Fabric – We tend to use 100% cotton fabrics in our quilting projects, but baby quilts are an opportunity to use up some cotton/polyester blends that might be in our stash. Flannel may also be used. The choice is up to the member.
Size – Baby quilt panels are 36 x 44 and baby quilts should be at least that size or slightly larger.
Batting – Batting loft and fiber appropriate for the type of quilt should be used. Leftover batting strips of the same type may be pieced to make the size needed. Packaged crib batting is 45” x 60” or you can cut up a queen-size batt (90” x 108”) and get four 45” x 54” batts or six 36” x 45” batts. Crib batting is frequently available from the Community Service Quilt Chair.
Tops – Any pattern of the maker’s choice may be used. It may be a single fabric (plain or printed), pieced or appliqued.
Backs – These may be made of single fabric (easily done if you limit one dimension to no more the 45”) or you may use larger leftovers to quickly piece a back.
Quilting – Baby quilts may be tied, machine quilted, or hand quilted. Please DO NOT use invisible nylon thread, as it can be dangerous to babies
Finishing – Baby quilts may have a traditional binding or be made envelope style by turning
Lap robes (approx. 52 x 64) and twin size (approx. 72 x 90) quilts that are appropriate for older children or adults may also be turned in to the Community Service Quilt Chair at any meeting. They should also follow the above guidelines, except for size. You will be given credit toward earning a pin for these also.
Be sure to carefully check all quilts for any forgotten pins before turning them in.
Have fun! Be creative! Try out a technique or method you might want to incorporate in another project you are considering. It will not be judged. But it will be appreciated.
Sandy found several free patterns from Pat Sloan. Click on the link to download instructions. Photos samples are below.
Turn in your quilt(s) to the Community Service Quilt Chair, Sandy Beasley, so that you are credited with your donation.
NEW-– If you cannot quilt your Community Quilt Top, you may give to Sandy to include in a 10 quilt agreement with Ditsy Fish. The quilt must be given to Sandy (or Prez Rosita Forster or VP Eileen Burg who will give to Sandy) along with affordable cost for quilting. The contract with Charity Beckley (Ditsy Fish) shows $10 for quilts up to 70×90; larger than 70×90 will be $15 each quilt. Checks are made out to Hill ‘N Hollow Quilters.
The Community Service Quilt Chair may also determine a time for a group sewing event to make baby or other community service quilts as the need arises.