Members of our guild are active as volunteers in the community and also make items which they give as donations to a variety of organizations. With Conkerr Cancer, a faithful group of guild members has been going to the children's wards of hospitals in Greater Boston to make pillowcases with the young patients. They also take along pillowcases that are already made, washed and ready to use, to give to patients who are unable to make their own.
Children's quilts are donated to:
Quilts for Adults and families/other children are donated to:
The Guild has also sent quilts for special needs: The Boston Marathon Bombing, Hurricane Sandy and after the Japanese Tsunami.
The Guild gives the proceeds from the raffle quilt, made for each biennial quilt show, to local food pantries.
Guidelines for Items made for Donation
Fabrics and general information:
Please use 100% cotton fabrics.
Flannel is great for pillowcases and quilt backing
Do NOT add any decorations on items for children. This includes buttons and ribbons.
These items will be laundered frequently. Please use a double layer binding and quilt well.
All donations must be newly washed using UNSCENTED DETERGENT and dried WITHOUT DRIER SHEETS. Please put laundered items in a closed plastic bag.
All donation items must be pet hair and smoke aroma free.
PBQ General Size Guidelines for Donation Quilts
Newborn/preemie 24 x 24 inches to 30 x 30 inches
Child 36-40 wide x 45-60 inches long
Wheelchair 27-36 inches wide x 36-40 inches long
Lap quilt for an adult 50 x 60 inches
Twin bed quilt 60 x 80 inches
Full size bed quilt 80 x 80 inches or larger
The bottom line: If you made something and want to donate it, we will find a home for it!
Instructions for making pillowcases for donation: There is a great pillowcase pattern and tutorial on the Conkerr Cancer website