The Huntington Quilters Guild donates pro bono quilts to those less fortunate than us, including people that are sick, poor and needy, or veterans. Pro bono quilts are donated to several local facilities in our area including: Huntington Hospital’s Adult Oncology and Pediatric wards, The Dolan Center, Family Service League of Huntington, the Life Center of Deer Park, the Hospice in Northport and South Side Hospital which is Long Island’s oldest & largest community hospital.
We as members of the Guild are proud to say that every year, we donate over 100 quilts to these organizations. We have received many glowing responses to our donations, for example:
- Gail at Huntington Hospital wrote “Thank you for your time and commitment”.
- Kathy at The Dolan Center wrote “Many Moms have stated that the quilt is ‘the most beautiful gift they have ever received”.
Here are some wonderful examples of quilts donated that make both the guild and the recipient proud:
The quilts we donate can be used for covering up babies and laps. There is no exact size. Making it 3’ wide will allow you to use a one piece backing, as fabric is usually 44” wide. The quilts should start at approximately 32” x 40”, as this should fit a baby crib nice and snug. The sizes can go up from there. A “Drag-around” quilt for a small child can be as small as one yard square, or 36” x 36”. (You can make a super-quick whole-cloth quilt by cutting a 36” square of cute children’s fabric, adding backing and quilting it.) A 40” x 60” lap quilt will comfortably cover an adult. You may want to make your lap quilt longer or wider to accommodate a particular set of blocks.
There is nothing more rewarding than to give to those in need. They are very appreciative of the quilts. We look forward to donating quilts for many years to come.
At our December party we celebrated the Golden Needle awards. These awards are given to the top three members that do the most work on Pro Bonos. That would be for finished quilts, tops made and tops completed into quilts. Let’s give a hand to Peg S., Lynn R. and Jo B. for Winning the 2012 Golden Needle awards.
Thanks again for all your hard work ladies!
PLEASE NOTE: At our January meeting, Programs will be joining Pro Bono in hosting Huntington Quilters’ Jelly Roll Contest. There will be teams of two assigned to one jelly roll Pro-Bono quilt. In order to make this program a success, we need everyone to contribute scrap 2.5″ strips, cut width of fabric (42-44″). You can hand in your 2.5″ strip(s) to Ruth at the Pro Bono table during October and November’s meetings.
Want to learn more about Jelly Roll quilts? Here’s a video on how a jelly roll quilt is made: