Donations

Community Involvement through Quilts

Donation Quilts

Donation Quilts

Our goal is to provide our charities with one quilt for each member of the guild each year. If you can contribute towards reaching our goal – your quilt will truly be appreciated by the group who receives it. If you can’t contribute this year – there is always next year…

Each year the Volunteers who oversee the receiving and recording of the donation quilts select a small number of facilities to be the recipients of the majority of the donation quilts for the year. Members donating a quilt to these facilities will have a chance at a draw for free one year membership per donated quilt.

This doesn’t mean that donations to other causes are not welcome – but there are a limited number of facilities that the donation volunteers can hold quilts for and deliver quilts to. If you have another place you would like your donation to go – you may still register the donation towards our goal, and receive a donation label. You will be responsible for making sure your quilt goes to the group you intend it for.

Over the years we have also delivered quilts for many emergency situations – the tsunami in Japan, the fires in Kelowna and the floods in Alberta have all sparked an outpouring of quilts which the guild has assisted in getting to the people distributing them.

Current donation total (since 2003)

as of Aug 2019

 

Current Guild Sponsored Groups include:


Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

One facility which many quilters donate to is the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Royal Columbian Hospital. This unit provides specialized acute care services to ill or premature newborn babies. The quilts for this unit need to be special – and we provide backing and batting for these quilts if you need it. We ask you for a deposit of $5 which will be returned when you hand in your quilt

Preemie Quilts for the NICU
36″ x 36″ (approximately)
• 100% cotton fabrics (pre-washed and dried)
• Flannelette backing (pre-shrunk)
• Polyester or pre-washed cotton batting
• Top may be pieced or appliqued (hand or machine), quilting by hand or machine, use cotton thread only
• DO NOT USE invisible thread or tie quilt
• Label (available from the donations table at the monthly meetings – guild name and address)

Incubator covers for the NICU

Incubator pads: 18″ x 24″ using pre-washed flannelette on front and back; with batting provided by guild can be bound or sewed together, turned and stitched closed then machine or hand quilted.

Stabilizers: 9″ x 24″ using baby yarn and a “stretchy” stitch

We also accept  preemie toques for delivery to the NICU.
BMQG Preemie Toque

Octopus pattern     Please use Handicrafter Cotton Yarn, no embellishments i.e. eyes, bows buttons, etc


School District #43
It came to our attention a few years ago, that the ‘sick’ rooms in the schools could do with some bright and cheerful quilts on the beds. These rooms include a cot for children who are not well, and most are covered with scratchy blankets. To be able to cuddle for a while under a bright comfortable quilt would be great for the children.
These quilts should be a narrow single bed quilt.

School Quilts
• 45″ x 70″ (approximately)
• 100% cotton fabrics (pre-washed and dried)
• Polyester or pre-washed cotton batting
• Top may be pieced or appliqued
• Quilting by hand or machine
• May wish to consider “machine” method for strength
• Label (signature, date and Guild name and address)


Crossroads Hospice

http://www.crossroadshospice.bc.ca/

Crossroads Hospice Society offers compassionate support to those affected by the end of the life experience while honouring their dignity.
Crossroads is located in Ioco, and we have been supporting them from the beginning. Originally we supplied them with wall quilts to cover some empty walls when they opened the hospice, and now they are asking for large lap or single bed quilts approximately 50” x 68” for placing on top of the bed spreads. The Hospice is a warm and homelike setting and quilts can add to the homelike setting as well as provide warmth and comfort to the patients and their visitors.


Royal Canadian Legion, Port Coquitlam & Port Moody Branches

The Royal Canadian Legions exist to provide assistance for our Canadian veterans. They are very thankful for any quilts that we can donate whether they be wheelchair, lap or bed size. They currently have veterans suffering from PTSD (post-traumatic stress syndrome) that would benefit from the warmth and comfort our quilts can provide. There is also a need for generous sized lap quilts that could be used to provide temporary warmth for an injured veteran who is waiting for an ambulance to respond.


Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion

‘BACI is a non-profit organization that provides innovative resources for families caring for children, youth and adults with developmental disabilities within Metro Vancouver. BACI would appreciate any donations of baby, lap or bed sized quilts that would provide comfort for their clients.’


Lap Quilts
• 30″ x 60″ (approximately)
• 100% cotton fabrics (pre-washed and dried)
• Polyester or pre-washed cotton batting
• Top may be pieced or appliqued
• Quilting by hand or machine
• May wish to consider “machine” method for strength
• Label (signature, date and Guild name and address)