Our community outreach program consists of making and donating small “Cuddle Quilts” to the children who go through the YWCA’s Battered Women’s Shelter with their moms. We began this project in February, 1988 every year we seem to exceed the year before. In the 2019-2000 guild year we have presented 200 quilts to the YWCA.
In July, 2000 we were named “Volunteers of the Year” by the YWCA for our contribution of quilts. Due to the obvious need for anonymity, we rarely hear from those whose lives we have helped brighten, but the stories and letters of thanks we occasionally get from the women and children touch our hearts and spur us on to try to make even more small quilts.
The quilts are made by members of the guild with fabric from their own stash, or with donated fabric. We consistently receive donations of high quality fabric from quilt shops, manufacturers, our own members and strangers who hear about our project and wish to help us with their donations. The many donations enable us to produce beautiful small quilts at minimal cost to our guild. Members meet at least once a year for a “Sew-in” just to make Cuddle Quilts and have several longarm quilters in the guild who will machine-quilt tops that are turned in unquilted.