In April, Lana K. put out the call to our members to donate quilts to Langley Memorial Hospital to be given to staff members in appreciation of all they are doing for our community. Our members were very excited about this project and began sending quilts to Lana right away. In no time at all there were 60+ ready to be handed out.
After contacting the hospital it was decided that the quilts would be raffled off to the staff by the Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation. The Foundation quickly went to work putting up posters and posts on their Facebook page letting the staff know how they could put their name in to win a quilt. The response was amazing and on July 3rd the names of the lucky winners were selected.
On July 8th a few members from our Guild went to the hospital parking lot and set up tables with all the quilts on them so they were ready to be handed out. All the recipients were so appreciative and there were many happy faces as they took home their quilts.
We received a wonderful thank you and recognition from the Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation on their Facebook page after the event.
" Today, the Foundation had the pleasure of facilitating Langley Memorial Hospital staff receive hand-crafted quilts made with love by Langley Quilters' Guild.
There were smiles all around as the staff took home their gifts.
Thank you Langley Quilters' Guild for your generosity, time and effort that was put into making each unique quilt.
They will be so appreciated in the homes of these hard-working staff, who will be able to snuggle up in comfort."
Thank you to everyone that helped organize this event and of course a big thank you to all of the members that donated quilts. Your generosity has made a big difference in our community.
These wonderful ladies from our Community Quilt committee organized a pickup and drop off in the George Preston parking lot on Wednesday, June 24th and got an incredible response as you can see from all the quilts in front of them.
as well as 51 quilt tops and 1 panel that are ready to be layered.
A BIG thank you to everyone that dropped off quilts and also to those that took kits, small quilts and large quilts for longarming.
Another Community Quilts pickup/drop off day may be organized in August or September if our meetings are still on hold.
In our 2018/2019 year we distributed 230 quilts to various organizations: 138 placemats to Meals on Wheels and Langley Seniors Day Care Centre, 4 Quilts of Valor and fifty-two 24 inch quilts to the B.C. Infant Transport Helicopter Unit. We also donate to refugee families when requested, Quilts of Valor, and the odd one is donated for fund raising.
Recipients of our quilts include:
We have a lot of kits already made up, and a lot of long arm quilts waiting for quilting plus many smaller ones that we have layered waiting to be finished. There are also quilts which need completion from piecing, sandwiching, quilting, and binding.
This truly is a group effort and with the help of many, many members we are able to continue donating hundreds of quilts each year to wonderful organizations in our community.
If you would like to help with any of these quilts please contact Linda E.
Where does all the stuff come from?
Our annual budget covers the cost of batting, wide backing, glue, tape, printing of guild labels etc. We have a constant supply of donations of fabric from members and from donors who contact us through the website. All donations are sorted and the 100% cotton is retained; any other type of fabric is forwarded to either the guild free table or local thrift shops.
Where does it all go? We donate to non-profit organizations mainly in the Langley area.
Our current list includes:
Langley Emergency Support Services
Gateway of Hope
Victim Services (at R.C.M.P )
Brookside Care home Surrey
Langley Seniors Daycare
Meals on wheels
B.C. Air Ambulance
Best Babies of Langley.
We respond to calls for quilts for fires and floods where ever they are needed such as Calgary floods, Fort Mac Fires and the Japanese Tsunami. The transport for these are usually sponsored by Quilt shops and Guilds at the site of the need.
How Can You Help?......Our team make up packaged kits for quilt tops; these are available at all guild meetings. Hand in the finished top, at your convenience and our team layer and package the quilt and provide fabric for binding and a guild label, which is then ready for pick up. The packages are sized for either long-arm or domestic sewing machine which ever your choice. Some members donate finished quilt tops and if you prefer to quilt them yourself we will put your name on the package and it will find it's way back to you.
What are the sizes? Only the small quilts for the Air ambulance are a definite size which is 24 inches square. The reason for this is the quilt is used by the Helicopter crew over the newborn basinet during the flight, to protect the little passenger from the bright lights and given to the tiny patient at the end of the trip. The basinet is 24 x 24. The quilt should be Cotton or flannelette with no embellishments. It makes a great little baby car seat quilt.! We do not make kits for these, our members donate their own amazing little wonders!
All the other quilts can be approximate:
40 x40 for Wheelchair quilts for senior residences.
Single and double bed size for Ishtar and Gateway.
Youth and "couch size" 54 x 64 for Victim services.
Best Babies quilts 36 x 40 ish, with no embellishments.
Placemats approx 17 x 15 for Meals-on-wheels. We collect these each fall and deliver them in time for Christmas.
Layering And Spraying
The Community quilt team meet on the first Wednesday of the month, in the Annex behind the Shepherd of the Valley Church at 20169 72nd Avenue Langley where we prepare the kits and layer quilts. Members who wish to layer and spray their own quilts are welcome to stop by between 10 and 2pm. Please park at the north end of the lot. . Visit our table at all the meetings, questions welcome.