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Each year we distribute many quilts to various organizations:
Place-mats to Meals on Wheels and Langley Seniors Care Centre, and usually several Quilts of Valour. As well, many 24 inch quilts to the B.C. Infant Transport Helicopter Unit. Pediatric Ward Unit LMH. Quilts for Survivors. Foundry House, Langley. We also donate to refugee families when necessary, and have donated quilts for charitable fund raising.
Community Quilts FAQ'S
Where do all the supplies come from?
Our annual budget covers the cost of batting, wide backing material, glue, tape, printing of guild labels etc. We are lucky to have a constant supply of donations of fabric from members or from donors who contact us through the website or by mail. All donations are sorted and unsuitable fabrics are given to the guild donation table or local thrift shops.
Where do all the quilts go?
We donate to non-profit organizations mainly in the Langley area.
We respond to calls for quilts for victims of fires, floods or where ever they are needed. Calgary floods, forest fires in Fort Mac Murray and Kelowna, also the Tsunami in Japan are just a few of the tragedies we have donated quilts to. These quilts offer comfort to the those who receive them. Transport of these quilts is usually sponsored by Quilt Shops and Guilds in the areas that requested them.
How Can You Help?.... Choose one or two kits from the ones available at all guild meetings. Hand in the finished top/ tops and our team will layer and package the quilt along with binding and a guild label, which is then ready for quilting depending on size by either long-arm or domestic sewing machines, which ever is your choice. If a member supplies a finished quilt top and wishes to quilt it themselves we will sandwich the quilt or package it with batting, backing and binding and mark it with your name for pick up.
What are the sizes? Only the small quilts for the Air ambulance are a specified size which is 24 inches square. These quilts are used by the Helicopter crew to put over the newborn bassinet during the flight. This will protect the little passenger from the bright lights and stays with the tiny patient at the end of the trip. The bassinet is 24 x 24. The quilt should be Cotton or flannelette with no embellishments. It makes a great little baby car seat quilt when baby is able to go home.
Members donate their own fabric and supplies for these wonderful little quilts.
All other quilts can be approximate:
40 x 40 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 approx, with no embellishments.
Place-mats approx 17 x 15 for Meals-on-wheels. We collect these each fall and deliver them in time for Christmas.
When we meet and prepare quilt kits.
The Community quilt team meet on the first Wednesday of the month, in the Annex behind Shepherd of the Valley Church, 20169 72nd Ave, Langley.
The volunteers prepare quilt kits ready for quilters to assemble. Completed quilt tops which require quilting on a long arm, plus many smaller ones that have been layered can be quilted using a domestic machine are packaged ready for pick up. Also available are quilts that require binding or labels sewn on and we have many members who enjoy this task..
This 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 Sandra M.