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. Check out the links below.
The Quilters Guild of Plano donates quilts and other items to the following organizations in Collin County:
The Samaritan Inn provides a no-cost, safe and clean place to live. Living areas for men, women and families are separate. Amenities include a dining room, playroom, computer lab, classrooms, a chapel, a fully-equipped playground and a kennel for residents' pets. We donate quilts sized 40” x 60” or larger along with pillow cases. See more about this organization at thesamaritaninn.org
Members of the guild make pet pillows of various sizes to be delivered to pet shelters in our area. Pet Beds can be dropped off by members at a guild meeting or taken directly to a shelter. Pleases notify community service of any you deliver.
Lovepacs was born out of a shared desire to help children in our community. In November 2011, the four founding families were made aware of 6 kids at Camey Elementary in The Colony who were being sent home from school every Friday with a backpack of food because they were not getting enough to eat on the weekend. After talking to the school counselor, they found out many of these kids were going to be hungry over the Thanksgiving holiday, when they were out of school for a week. The thought of kids not eating touched the hearts of those families, and they began Lovepacs to try to fill in the gaps for these children over the holiday.
The desire to assist children spread from The Colony to Plano. Hunter's Glen Baptist Church collects food every month for Lovepacs in the Plano area, specifically Sigler Elementary. School counselors assist in identifying children on the free and reduced lunch program through area public schools. Lovepacs provides mostly non-perishable, easy to open, and minimal cooking food items to children during extended school breaks when the food they receive from the local backpack program will not be enough, e.g., Thanksgiving, Christmas, Spring Break, Easter.
The list of items to be collected is listed below. If you want to help feed hungry children, this would be a way for you to help. If you care to participate, there will be a collection box as you enter the guild meeting. For more info see lovepacs.org.
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. We donate small quilts and cuddles.
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. 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. We donate quilts and afghans for newborns to age 17 years.
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 receiving blankets, infant hats, cuddles and taggies.
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.
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.
Each month members of our guild create 10 to 15 community service quilt tops. These need to be turned into completed quilts so that they can be distributed to the agencies we support. To that end we hold a few spray basting events each year called "Quilting For Others." On those days as many as 100 quilts will be layered with batting and backing and spray basted. These will then be brought to guild meetings so that participants can take spray basted 3-layer quilt sandwiches and quilt them using free motion or walking foot techniques. If you're a beginner or already know how to quilt, this is a great opportunity for practice.
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.