The guild has two community service sew days each month. These workshops are open to everyone that wants to participate. All that is required is a sewing machine, basic sewing skills, and basic supplies. We provide all the fabric & batting. All we need is your help! On these sew days we will be making quilts to be donated to our local charities. This is not only a great way to give back to your community but a fun way to meet people while doing what you love to do, quilting! Our space is limited, so please RSVP to the organizers so they can plan ahead.
The Sit and Sew group meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, 10:00am-2:00pm, atPlano Sewing Center
Our Saturday Sewing group meets on the 3rd Saturday of each month, 10:00am-2:00pm, atBest Little Retreat Center in Texas
If you would like to make something to donate to one of the agencies that we support, we have instructions for making several items that are given to the Plano Children's Medical Clinic in downtown Plano or to the School-Age Parent Program of PISD.
The Quilters Guild of Plano donates quilts and other items to the following organizations in Collin County:
Children's Medical Center Plano provides medical care for children facing major illness or surgery. Throughout the year, 18" by 24" cuddle quilts are made by the guild for the young children so they will have something comforting to take with them for their MRI or CT scans and their hospital stay.
A child centered agency providing counseling, family services, forensic interviews and a Rainbow Room of clothing and supplies for children. Here children have a safe environment and counseling to tell their story after experiencing abuse. QGP provides small, cheerful quilts and crocheted afghans, as well as seasonal pillowcases for the children. See their website at cacplano.org.
This agency provides multiple services to assist rape victims, including counseling, hospital accompaniment, legal advocacy and a 24hr. crisis hotline. QGP provides medium sized quilts and crocheted afghans for these clients for comfort and to take home. The agency annual silent auction includes a QGP member made quilt to assist them with fund raising. See their website at theturningpoint.org.
City House provides this emergency youth shelter for children ages newborn to 17. Read more about the services they provide at cityhouse.org.
The Plano Children's Medical Clinic provides medical care to children who are on Medicaid, CHIP, or have no insurance. Read more at plano-cmc.org. We donate mostly flannel receiving blankets.
Plano ISD's School-Age Parent Program assists students and their families dealing with the challenges of teen pregnancy. The students earn credits that can be spent twice a year to purchase baby items such as receiving blankets, small quilts, and other baby items.
Isabel's assists families located in the "Spanish Mission" district of Plano, assisting with learning life skills and potential small business skills. Although they do not receive quilts from the guild, we donate fabric or other items we have acquired which Community Service cannot use. See icobridge.org.
Every year, as a guild, we make Christmas Stockings for charity. These stockings go to Soldiers' Angels, an organization that stuffs the stockings and delivers them to veterans at local VA hospitals. We also collect small toiletry items suitable for adults and pass them along as stocking stuffers. In 2016 we submitted 1007 stockings which were distributed to the Clinic at Dallas Veterans Hospital, along with several boxes of stocking stuffers.
We have an ongoing need for Christmas fabric, patriotic fabric, solid topper (cuff) fabric, and ribbon, which can be given to Martha O'Grady at any guild meeting. Kits will be available on request once the group gets them made up. If you have any kits, completed or not completed, they can be turned in at any meeting. See our How To... page for detailed instructions on making a Christmas stocking.
For more information about the Stocking Project, contact Martha O'Grady.
A Quilting for Others event was held at the Dallas Marathon Games Center September 18th, 2017. The purpose of the event was to have participants take spray basted 3-layer quilt sandwiches and quilt them using free motion or walking foot techniques. There were 14 people quilting and 3 people basting quilts. 40 quilts were basted before the quilting day, and an additional 40 basted at the event. A total of 71 quilts were quilted, including a significant number of larger quilts!! The remaining quilts were taken home by several of the participants.
We now have well over 400 quilt tops in the warehouse. We would like to encourage everyone to help us with turning those into quilts that can be benefiting the many charitable organizations we support. If you're a beginner – we'll help you at the event. If you already know how to quilt, but want to practice, what better opportunity than to have someone hand you PRE-BASTED sandwiches!! Our next event will be in April 2018. Come join us!
THANK YOU to each and every one of you who helped make the Quilting for Others event a huge success. We had a great turnout and made impressive progress toward getting a large number of quilts out to those in need.
There were 25 people at the game center with a constant buzz of sewing machines in one room, and another army working furiously cutting backing and batting and basting quilts to keep up with the quilters. It was quite an impressive operation!
An added bonus was that there were plenty of new friendships formed. We had one person join us who saw the information on our website and will be visiting at our next meeting, another who took a day off of work to contribute. And it was a great welcome for a number of our newer members.
At the end of the day:
TOTAL = 135
AND! Backing fabric was cut for an additional 43 tops.
Thank you, again - it was a rewarding experience.
- Monica Hendewerk and the BFF small group.
The challenge to make quilts and pillowcases for the children who live at the Samaritan Inn, the only homeless shelter in Collin County, was a great success. Our Guild made 92 quilts, thanks to the participation of 47 of our members. In conjunction with the quilt guilds of McKinney and Allen, a total of 200 quilts were delivered. The quilts will be matched for gender and age and delivered to each child when his or her family enters the Samaritan Inn program.
The first 45 quilts were delivered to the children currently living at Samaritan Inn last week. Excerpts from a note received from Samaritan Inn:
"So the quilts were a definite hit!! I've heard nothing by good things. One of our mothers was particularly touched since she calls her infant 'her little monkey' and his quilt had monkey and giraffes all over it! Huge success on the first distribution! Thanks again for your efforts, love and care..."
Pictured: Pam Wingate (Guild President), Pam Walsh, and Susan Lavery, who coordinated the Quilt drive.
For more photos, see our recent donations page.
We have put together a list of free patterns available on the web that are ideal for making community service quilts.