Charity Quilts

4.09.2012

Sharing the Love: AMQG's Charity Work

When I first joined the Austin Modern Quilt guild in 2011, a charity quilt was in the works. That’s pretty much been the rule ever since – there is always a group project underway that will result in a charity quilt.

As I became more familiar with the guild, I participated in the guild’s Ty Pennington Block Challenge, with the two quilts going to families who lost their homes to fire in August 2011. 

Needless to say, it was a hot, dry summer here in Central Texas in 2011. On Labor Day, a perfect storm of low humidity and high winds hit the region, resulting in large wildfires that burned tens of thousands of acres, destroying over 2,000 homes.

The AMQG sprang into action. With donated fabric from several local fabric stores, we held a “mini-retreat” for guild members to come together and work on quilts for wildfire victims. All the quilts were donated to the WildfireQuilt Drive, which collected over 200 quilts from participating guilds. 

Since then, the guild has donated group projects to Relay for Life and Artists Against Cancer, and another quilt is in the works, culminating from a six month block swap. 

Special Events Coordinator Jessica Pierre’auguste, who manages group projects, notes that, “We contribute to the community and at the same time guild members with different skill levels learn quilting techniques from each other.” Group charity projects also allow people to contribute who may not have the time to make a full-sized quilt.

Individual members have also made contributions. Guildmember Bobbi Brekke has made over five donation quilts this past year. Fiber artist and modern quilter Sue Shore has made over 7 donation quilts. Jessica, who oversees the group projects, also finds time to make donation quilts of her own, which you can see on her Splendid Calm blog.
Altogether, our members independently made over 25 quilts to donate to various charities, auctions, and school fundraisers. 

We’d love to hear about other guilds' charity work. Please share with us in the comments below.

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