Our comfort quilt effort is organized 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.
In January, we have our annual all-day comfort quilt workshop at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library in Clifton Park. This event is our January guild meeting. Members 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 (129 in the 2016-2017 guild year alone), as well as raised funds for local organizations such as the Shenendehowa Helping Hands Food Pantry and the Guardian House for Homeless Female Veterans. 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.
In addition, there is a wheelchair caddy pattern online that can be used for making donations to Saratoga Center for Rehab & Skilled Nursing Care in Ballston Spa and other organizations with clients in wheelchairs.
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)
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.
All of you are always very generous with your fabric donations, and we ask that you please continue to be as generous as you have in the past. Our biggest need is for bigger pieces. Our 48″ x 72″ quilts (which is the size most requested for our donations) each require 3 yards of backing, and a 1½ yard piece to cut the border from. Any patterns or colors you care to donate of nice quality are fine. Our stash is such that we are able to do some mixing and matching. Our Camp Erin quilts are a little different story though. They each need at least two yards for the borders, and 5 to 5½ yards for the backing (especially needed if machine quilting). The majority of quilts will go to younger kids, but please keep in mind teenage themes, too. We try and coordinate the backing with the top as much as possible. So, if you are willing and able to donate fabric for a Camp Erin quilt, please drop by the Comfort Quilt table. We’ll give you fabric samples to match and/or coordinate from. Right now, we still could use about 4-5 backing pieces for those Camp Erin quilts.