Despite the shortened in-person 2019-2020 guild year, the members of QUILT North did an outstanding job of producing comfort quilts – 137 quilts were turned in!!!! So far in the 2020-2021 year, members have donated 90 quilts, including 43 since our virtual Comfort Quilt workshop in February. The quilts have been donated to a variety of local organizations, like CAPTAIN/CHS, Hospice, Albany Med, and nursing homes; several organizations, like the Regional Food Bank, have used donated quilts at fundraiser auctions. Our members made and donated hundreds and hundreds of needed face masks during 2020. Another ongoing effort of the guild is making walker caddies that go to nursing homes in the area. These caddies are hung from caddy handles and offer users a handy place to store items they may want to take with them.
Our Comfort Quilt program continues during 2020-2021 guild year, even though we are meeting virtually. There are four drop-off/pick-up points for members to use. Quilt and walker caddy kits to be sewn, and quilts to be quilted are available at the homes the following members or contactless pickup. Thank you to them and please note the new addition of Mimi Newnham’s home.
Please use these locations to drop off finished quilts, tops and caddies, pick up quilt and caddy kits to work sew, quilts to complete with quilting and/or binding, and to return guild library books.
Paula Dunn, 1142 Ballston Lake Road, Ballston Lake 12019
Susan Spadaro, 93 Raylinsky Road, Ballston Lake 12019
Linda Gebhardt, 47 Huntington Way, Ballston Spa 12020
(Put 312 Stone Church Road into the GPS, that will get you to the corner of Huntington Way.)
Mimi Newnham, 102 Eastholm Road,Schenectady 12304
Please do not hesitate to contact Paula Dunn, Comfort Quilts chairperson at Pauladunn@nycap.rr.com with any questions. She has plenty of easy patterns, fabric and batting if you want to make a quilt. The most useful sizes are 36″ by 48″ for lap and baby quilts, and 60″ by 80″ for twin quilts, sizes are approximate. There are still many small quilt tops waiting to be quilted or tied if you want to try your hand at it, just let me know!
The walker caddy directions have been revised. Thank you to member Sue Ahearn for this and for volunteering to make caddy kits to make available to guild members. These kits can be picked up at the locations above. Thank you also, to Joy Karns, for providing photos of the steps involved in making the caddies.
Pre-COVID Comfort Quilts information for background
Our Comfort Quilts work is led by Paula Dunn. Please contact her if you are interested in helping. Occasional workshops are held in addition to members working individually on kits prepared and made available at each meeting by the Comfort Quilts Committee. Members take home the comfort quilt kits and bring back the completed quilts.
We have an annual all-day comfort quilt workshop held at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library in Clifton Park. This event will be our February guild meeting in 2020. Members, and members of the community, drop in or stay the day, as we make quilts for that will be distributed to those in need. Pizza, salad and drinks are provided by the guild for dinner and treats to share are donated (and always appreciated!) by members.
Work that benefits our community is one of the most important activities of the guild. We have provided hundreds of quilts to those in need (more than 90 in the 2018-2019 guild year), as well as raised funds for local organizations such as the Shenendehowa Helping Hands Food Pantry. Individual members make quilts at home to donate to this effort and workshops are held so members can work together on quilts. This provides an ongoing supply of quilts available to the guild. Recipients of the quilts include children and families in need, veterans, infants in the NICU, children and youth who have suffered loss, and local families who suffered because of illness or catastrophe.
Here are several useful resources for those interested in making a comfort quilts. There are several files for you to access – one with instructions to make a number of simple blocks into beautiful quilts. Cutting instructions for different size quilts are included for each block. The second file shows, in color, the way these blocks will look when made into a quilt. There is plenty of inspiration in these two PDF files.
Considering making a comfort? Here are the general sizes of quilts needed. As you can read, sizes are approximate and no quilts will be turned away! Thank you!
36″ by 48″ – For babies and for those using wheelchairs (WIC and nursing homes)
Approximately 60″ by 80″ – For youths and teens (CAPTAIN/Camp Erin)
Approximately. 48″ by 48″ to 48″ by 60″ For NICU to end of life care (Albany Med)
Quilts of any size are accepted by the Albany Medical Center.
Each kit includes a pattern, precut pieces for the top, sashing (if needed) and borders (if needed), backing and 2 ¼” strips to make double fold binding. We’re asking, if at all possible, for you provide the batting. If it’s still a hardship for you, just ask, and we’ll give you one, but we will no longer be automatically offering battings at the Comfort Quilts table.