Community Quilts is responsible for the many charitable projects undertaken by the Guild, giving our members an outlet for their creative energy while supporting local agencies. We provide free kits for charity quilts, patterns, fabric and batting. Completed quilts are distributed to a variety of local community agencies. Several workdays are scheduled during the year, with a big Community Quilts Workshop in January. A Guild fabric stash is maintained from donations and purchased fabrics. It is available to all Guild members for charity projects.
The members of the Asheville Quilt Guild make and donate hundreds of quilts and related items each year. In past years, the Guild has donated finished quilts to Project Linus, Mission Hospital, Guardian ad Litem, Brother Wolf, the NC State Veterans Home, Jones Elementary School, MAHEC, Meals on Wheels, Steadfast House, and Habitat for Humanity. In addition to quilts, members have donated preemie hats to the NICU, pillows to the Care Partners Hospice, weighted blankets to Project Linus, and adult bibs to Meals on Wheels.
How you can help
- pick up a kit, or pattern
- create a quilt from your stash using your own pattern
- your bee could adopt a project or agency
- donate fabric
- come to a CQ workday
Contact the Community Quilts Chair for more information or to make a fabric donation: firstname.lastname@example.org.
General info about quilts to make for CQ
ASHEVILLE AREA HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
Minimum quilt sizes
- (prefer bed quilts):
- Lap: 45″ x 60″
- Twin: 64″ x 87″
- Double: 78″ x 87″
- Queen: 84″ x 92″
Pat Bacon, Family Support Coordinator for Habitat for Humanity, cannot express enough the joy the quilts distributed to families mean to the family. One recipient wrapped herself in the quilt and said “This quilt makes me feel so good.” Another recepient, who had been in the hospital, was speechless when presented with a quilt. Her grandmother had made her a quilt but it was lost in a fire. It was obvious to Pat that this quilt would have a special meaning to her.
LINUS CHILDREN’s QUILTS
- Size: variable
- Small: 36″ x 45″ and up
- Medium: 40″ x 50″ and up
- Large: 45″ x 60″ and up
Ellen Knoefel, Chapter Coordinator for Project Linus for WNC Region. These are given to children in hospitals and shelters. This effort is supported by the “Quilts for Linus” Bee. See Quilting Bees for more info.
- Size: variable
- Lap size (42″ x 58″ and up) are welcome in this category.
- Butterfly pillows
- Adult bibs
- Weighted blankets for autistic children
- Just ask for a pattern or kit!
- Nursing Homes
- Senior Program at Mission Hospitals
- Wherever there is a need…
Recently, Guild members made and contributed quilts, preemie crib quilts, and butterfly pillows to the following organizations:
The Linus Project, Care Partners (Hospice), The Senior Program at Mission Hospitals, Interlace, Habitat for Humanity, Brother Wolf, Mission Children’s Cancer Unit, Mission Hospitals Neonatal NICU, Meals on Wheels, Interlace and Helpmate.
Thank you to everyone who participated this year!
CQ in the community
Ellen Knoefel, Chapter Coordinator for Project Linus for the WNC Region, attended the August Pot Luck and inspired us with her presentation regarding Project Linus and a new “weighted” blanket for autistic children. She said that each blanket “provides a hug”. Last year Project Linus distributed 4,460 blankets in 15 Western North Carolina counties. Ellen said that 1,180 went to Mission Hospital.