Rouge Valley Quilter's Guild's (RVQG) primary community service is Quilts from the Heart (QFTH). Since the RVQG's founding, over 1500 quilts have been sewn and donated. Our primary beneficiary is Julliette's Place, a local women's shelter. We also sew and donate placemats for Meals on Wheels in the Scarborough and Durham region. We have also sewn quilts for Quilts of Valour.
Your support, service and donations are welcomed! Whether it be your time sewing the quilt kits, helping to make the quilt kits or donating 100% cotton fabric.
Fabric Donation Guidelines:
- 100% cotton fabric
- Any amount of fabric is always appreciated; all metre lengths are welcomed as we prefer whole lengths of fabric for backing.
- Leftover fabric from your recently completed quilt is also welcomed. However if the piece of fabric is too small for you to use in your scrap quilt, most likely we won't be able to use it in our quilt kits.
- If you hear of someone who wants to donate their fabric stash (no longer interested in quilting anymore, or for whatever reason), please contact the Quilts from the Heart convenor.
Fabric Size Preferences:
- Whole, or partial metres (more than 1 metre, 1 metre or less)
- If you are donating fabric scraps, please pre-cut the fabric. See chart below:
RVQG Members Can Support Quilts From the Heart by:
- Sewing quilt kits that have been prepared by the QFTH team.
- Donating your own finished quilts. 100% cotton fabric should be used.
- Donating large zip lock bags (for quilt kits), and returning the bags after you have sewn the kit.
- Your time to help prepare quilt kits.
Julliette's Place Women's Shelter:
Quilts from the Heart distributes quilts to women and children at the shelter. All our donated quilts are identified by our Quilts from the Heart label. The quilts are made of 100% cotton fabric, and should be durable for frequent washing.
The quilt size is approximately 45" x 54". We use queen size batting cut into 4 equal quarters to create four quilts.
Quilts of Valour:
Quilts of Valour (QoV) quilts are made for injured military personnel on their return to Canada. The QoV quilts are donated to our Canadian armed forces bases, rehabilitation hospitals and veterans homes across the country. The preferred size for Quilts of Valour is 50” by 70” as this makes a good lap size. The quilts must be made of 100% cotton and must stand up to repeated washings.
Cutting Guide Illustration:
Hello all! Welcome back to the 2018-19 session of the Rouge Valley Quilt Guild. I am looking forward to returning as the coordinator for 'Quilts from the Heart' (QFTH). Last year our RVQG members were very generous with time and materials resulting in donating many small quilts as well as numerous placemats, throws, scarves, hats, stuffed toys and other handmade creations to our primary beneficiary Juliette’s Place, a local women's shelter.
At this time, I would like to remind everyone to return their completed quilts as soon as possible. Remember when it comes to quilting: "finished is better than perfect". Feel free to show your completed QFTH during the Guild display session as a showcase of your talent and as a motivation for others. Continuing this year, for every completed RVQG kit or donated quilt, your name will be entered into a draw for a small gift basket to be drawn at our November and May meetings.
Other things to be aware of regarding QFTH:
- We are in the process of purchasing some new 80/20 cotton batting for our kits.
- We also accept placemats for donation to local Meals on Wheels in Durham and Scarborough.
- When completing a charity project, this is a good opportunity to practice a new skill, but also remember that the recipient of this item will cherish this item for years to come.
- We are continuing to accept donations of 100% cotton fabric for use in kits. If you know of someone who wants to donate their stash, please contact me directly to arrange pickup.
- When returning a finished quilt, please also return the ziploc bag originally containing the quilt.
- All donated quilts should have a RVQG label. If you need a label, please contact me directly.
Thank you all for your continued support of time, donations and service!
Cheers, Christine Slighte
Edited November 2018