​Saturday, October 20 - LET'S MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY - Community Outreach Sit & Sew
Please join us for this special gathering. The event will be held on Saturday, October 20 from 10am to 4pm at Gate City Baptist Church, 5250 Hilltop Rd, Jamestown NC. We will work on:
  1. Homeless Totes: all materials cut and labeled, help available if this is your first tote (pattern and instructions available below on the left)
  2. Fleece hats for cancer patient: all materials provided and cut
  3. Charity quilts: kits and fabric will be available
  4. Pet beds: bring your leftover scraps, we will have beds sewn and ready to fill
Please mark your calendar. Bring your machine and basic sewing tools. Or, just come and we'll have a job for you - ironing, cutting, hand sewing, etc. Come for the whole day or come for a few hours. And, bring a friend!

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On April 21st, Carol and Linda took 25 quilts donated by our PQG Members to a Red Cross Center to distribute to our neighbors affected by the tornado that hit parts of Greensboro on Sunday, April 15th.  One family who received a quilt from us has a 3 week old baby.  An additional 13 quilts were donated on May 5th. Many thanks to all who have donated a quilt to our Community Outreach team! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!
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With thanks to all our members, the Piedmont Quilters' Guild donated a total of 81 quilts in 2017!!!  Carol took 48 quilts to Kid's Path (a division of Hospice) and 33 quilts to the Family Justice Center (part of the Law Enforcement for Guilford County).  
Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you!

Barbara Wolfe took 35 pet beds made with fabric and batting scraps left from our quilt making to the Guilford County Animal Shelter.  Additional pet beds were also donated to the Animal Rescue & Foster Program and Betty Green's pet rescue charity.

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If you would like to volunteer to host the Sit & Sew (between 6 and 10 people) at your home, church or community club house please contact Carol DeSantis as soon as possible. 

At our Sit & Sew gatherings we will be sewing on projects for the various charities that PQG supports. Please feel free to bring your own future charity quilt or try new projects planned for the session. Please bring all necessary sewing supplied and your machine (don't forget your machine's cord!).

Charity quilt kits, block sets and coordinated fabrics kits will be available at each guild meeting for you to take home, piece, quilt, bind and return.  See Carol DeSantis and Debbie Walsh at the Community Outreach table each meeting!

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WHERE OUR QUILTS AND PROJECTS ARE DONATED:
* The Family Justice Center/Greensboro Police Department (quilts)
* Kids Path, a division of Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro (quilts)
* The Alight Foundation (fleece hats for chemo patients)
*Guilford County Animal Shelter and Animal Rescue & Foster Program (pet beds)

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Charity quilt construction suggestions:​
DO ...

* Make blankets from NEW, CLEAN, WASHABLE materials in infant, child, or teen friendly colors. Remember, these blankets are meant to be colorful, cheerful, and cuddly. Wash and iron fabrics to remove sizing which can cause allergic reactions.

* Crochet, knit, quilt, or tie your blankets - or finish the edge on single layer polar fleece.

* Make blankets from 100% cotton fabric, flannel, polar fleece, or acrylic yarn. Thread should be cotton, cotton wrapped, or polyester. NO MONOFILAMENT thread.

* Secure the batting into outer seams and if the blanket is tied, please anchor it every 4-6 inches, cutting ties to 1 inch or less in length.

* Weave in all yarn ends on crocheted and knitted blankets.

* Check your blanket carefully for straight pins. It's better you find that pin and not the child who receives your blanket.


DON'T ...

* Don't make your blankets out of tapestry, burlap, upholstery fabric, 70's type double knit, felt, vinyl, wool, holiday fabric or wool yarn. 

* Don't attach buttons or decorative items to a blanket. They can be a choking hazard.

​* Don't use thick fabric paint on the surface of your blanket. Use ONLY permanent fabric markers made specifically for fabric when coloring on muslin.

* Don't use wool or wool-blend yarn.



PLEASE NOTE ...

* Blankets that smell of smoke or strong chemicals (including perfumed fabric softeners), or have pet hair on them cannot be accepted as they produce severe allergic reaction in the children. Unfortunately, washing these blankets does not always remove the problem. Please use a lint brush or roller on your blankets if they are covered with thread or lint.

* Another word about pins ... PLEASE check, double check and triple check your blankets for straight pins. 

* No holiday fabrics or panels please (Christmas, Easter, Halloween, etc.)

​** Blanket Sizes (measurements are approximate)

  Crocheted or knitted baby blankets - 30" x 30" or 30" x 36" using soft pastel baby yarn (no smaller please). Use patterns with a tight gauge to prevent large holes. No wool or wool blend yarn, acrylic, or polyester only. For child sizes - choose child friendly colors.

  Quilts - Child - 36" x 45" or 40" x 54" to 60" Teen - 45" x 65" to 70"

  Fleece - Baby - 30" x 36, Child - 45" x width of fabric, Teen - 45" x width of fabric



* Be creative! Keep in mind that children will be selecting a blanket with which to cuddle and receive comfort..​

Community 
Service Work

Piedmont Quilters'
Guild
PQG_Homeless_Bag_Tutorial.pdf
PQG_Homeless_Bag_Tutorial.pdf
Download our instructions to make a Homeless Tote here:
See example below...