The Comforting Quilts Committee coordinates the efforts of members of Northwest Quilters to supply hundreds of quilts to those in need in the local tri-county area. Twin quilts benefit children moving into new homes through Habitat for Humanity, children in residential psychiatric care, abused and homeless women, children, families in shelters and a transitional/rehabilitative housing program for women. Lap to throw size quilts are given to children placed in foster homes under urgent circumstances and a hospice agency. Lap quilts go to a palliative care unit, an organ transplant bank, and to keep elderly in nursing homes warm. Bunk quilts provide comfort to those attending an HIV summer camp. Doll quilts go to the Portland Fire Fighter’s Toy & Joy program to brighten the lives of thousands of children. Infant/crib quilts are donated to fire stations and organizations servicing at risk/low income babies. We also donate a limited number of quilts for auction or raffle to other non-profits or charities. 2,738 quilts were donated in the 2018-2019 fiscal year through the Comforting Quilts Committee.
Comforting Quilts Workdays
Comforting Quilts workdays are held the Thursday after the first Monday each month. We make kits containing fabric and quilt patterns to hand out at guild meetings, prepare quilts for tying or quilting, and tie some of the quilts. Come join us – no experience required and leave your sewing machine at home. It is a good way to meet other quilters while helping in the process of making quilts for those in need. We take a break so bring a lunch and be prepared to have fun.
Men, women, and children design blocks at NWQ’s annual quilt show. Guild members sew the blocks, which are then used in twin quilts for children and lap quilts for the elderly in care facilities. Since 2000, hundreds of Build-A-Block twin quilts have been made and donated. These are truly a community effort as 35 – 45 people have a hand in making each of these unique quilts.
Toy & Joy
NWQ donated 1,909 doll and infant quilts to the Portland Firefighters Toy & Joy program last year. We are continuing to collect quilts for donation during the holiday season this year.
Jelly Bean Factory Workshop
The Jelly Bean Factory workshop at the November 2018 general meeting produced 800 bright and colorful four-patch blocks – enough to make 40 crib size quilts. Guild members brought sewing machines and cutting equipment, and were sewing, cutting, pressing, and designing tops on design walls. Also, small quilts were tied. The next Jelly Bean Factory workshop will be at the NWQ general meeting on November 9, 2020.
Comforting Quilt Sizes
Twin 60” x 80”
Bunk 50” x 74”
Throw 45’ x 60” (approximate)
Lap from 42” to 45” square
Crib 36” x 42” (approximate)
Infant 36” x 36”
Doll 18” x 18” up to 25” x 25” (approximate)