How Can I Participate?
If you want to be involved but do not have time/skill to quilt, make a quilt top. Any size works. Please include the backing (at least 2-4 inches larger on all 4 sides of quilt tops. You may also specify your special charity. We are trying to focus on the charities within the counties of our members: Bryan, Fannin and Grayson but are open to other suggestions. As a member of our guild, feel free to sponsor/lead a specific quilt drive etc. for a special cause. The Community Service Chairperson will be glad to share contact information of our generous long arm quilters who are interested in volunteering their quilting for your cause. This year we have been encouraged to make patriotic quilts for Veterans to give on Veterans Day.
You don’t have time to make a quilt or quilt top, make a smaller project. There are patterns/links for Scribble dolls and post surgery comfort pillows available on this website.
You can donate fabric to be used as quilt backs. Got a lot of small scraps? Cut them into rather small pieces, make a bag (think pillow case style), fill it ¾ full and sew shut. Magic, you have a dog bed. Any size really works. It is a really good way to free your stash of that ugly material you will never use and wonder why you bought it. If you do not have time to make a dog bed, drop your scraps off at Quilt Republic in Pottsboro. The shop owner, has graciously said she would collect scraps and pass onto women making dog beds.
So who are we helping with our projects?
Very special one-time projects that the guild has completed: Quilts for Reba Ranch House by Texoma Medical Center and the Jack & Jill Day care center in Denison. We continue to donate quilts and other items to the Grayson County Crisis Center, Children Protective Services in both Sherman and Bonham, Texoma Council of Governments (TCOG) for the Aging, Women Rock, Sherman Senior Center, Reba Ranch House Room for Hope (where women with cancer can “shop” for free), Oncology Centers, and Denison Animal Welfare Group (DAWG).
Recently, our Community Service Chairperson has made contact with the Grayson Homeless Shelter and they have given the general information about Harvey victims who are now in their shelter.
Bottom line: any community service items you want to make, from placemats and potholders to dolls and tote bags to pillows and quilts, our Community Service Chairperson I will find an appreciative home for them. In this world of massive heartbreaking events, sometimes the greatest comfort comes from giving and receiving the smallest of gifts.
Take care and keep giving