Community Service

As part of our commitment to participate in charitable and community projects, the Guild makes and donates lap quilts to Families in Transition (FIT) in Manchester, NH, and to Quilts of Valor.

Members make a quilt for each child whose family is admitted to the FIT program. We assign each quilt to a specific child and place a label on the back with that child’s name. Our aim is to make each FIT quilt unique - no two children receive identical quilts. We want each child to feel special – the quilt was made just for him/her. Children's ages range from infant to age 18.

Several volunteers quilt many of the FIT quilts on a long-arm machine. If you use this service, please prepare the top and back as required for long-arm machine quilting. Requirements include the following: The Guild has a stash of fabric that has been donated specifically for charity quilts. Use fabric from this stash and/or 100% cotton fabric from your stash to prepare the top, back, and binding. Donated fabrics are used ONLY for guild-sponsored charity projects.

GUIDELINES FOR MAKING FIT QUILTS

FAMILIES IN TRANSITION

(FIT) is a nonprofit organization in the greater Manchester area dedicated to providing only the most innovative, and effective intervention specifically designed to help homeless individuals and families reach beyond the cycle of homelessness and lead to healthy and successful lives.  Please visit (fitnh.org) for more information about this program. 

One of our two community service projects is making quilts for the children of families in the program at FIT.  We have been making quilts since before we became a guild and continue providing a tangible gift to each child.  We encourage all of our members to make a quilt so that our inventory remains in good supply.  One month recently we were given a request for 22 qults.  Because of the generosity of our members we were able to present the 22 quilts in a timely manner.  Ideally, we try to get the quilts to FIT within a week of the request.  We also provide kits with directions when available and also batting if needed.

Recently, we changed the sizes of our quilts.  Please refer to these new sizes when you make a quilt for FIT.  Please use age appropriate fabric and prepare binding for the quilt if you are not quilting it yourself.  We have some talented long arm quilters in our guild that may quilt for you if time permits. 

0 – 6 years old:  36” x 45”           7 – 12 years old:  40”x 50”          Teen:  45” x 60”

These are approximate sizes.  They can be a bit larger if necessary.  Please wash completed quilts using a color grabber (laundry isle at the super market).  Please measure your finished quilt and pin a note with the size on it.

Caregiver's Quilts
If you make a quilt that is not suitable for FIT, I give them out to Caregiver's for the Holiday Hope Project in December. We all have fabric that doesn't fit the kids quilt category. This is not a guild sponsored group, but a way to get quilts to others in need. I'll take any size.
Thanks, Tommi Hall

Thank you in advance for your gift of time, talent and treasure.  If you have any questions, please contact Pam Mikkola or Sharon Neveux