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September 2023


Welcome to a new year of charitable Community Service! As you know, we like to keep updated about community donations to various charities in each month's newsletters. And in September, we proudly reflect on the past year's totals of our 9 group projects. It is always an honor to report the Guild's generosity and thank all of you for your time, talent, and willingness to help others in need. 

Marilyn White and Mary Ann Genech


About us:

This service project group organizes and leads productions of patriotic themed quilts to be donated to the Quilts of Valor Foundation. (  “The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing QOV.” The procedures for making these quilts are specific. Check the newsletter and announcements at guild meetings for scheduled Sew-Ins and drop-offs.


2022-2023:  44 Patriotic quilts have been donated to Quilts of Valor this fiscal year. An additional 3 Patriotic quilts have been donated to the Veterans Home in Middletown this fiscal year (they did not meet the size for Quilts of Valor). We would like to thank everyone for their donations of fabric and time. We couldn't have done it without you. Rita McConnell and Kathy Varga

Donations neededFabric - Red, white, blue solids or tone-on-tone fabrics are greatly appreciated - fat quarters, strips 8” or longer, yardage






About us:

Pillows are given to patients undergoing treatment for breast cancer.  Kits, assembled and ready to be sewn, are available at the Ocean Waves Quilt Guild monthly meetings.

The pillows are donated to the following organizations: Cancer Support Community of Delaware

Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition

Beebe Healthcare - Tunnel Cancer Center

Beebe Rehab

Dr. Spellman's office

Nanticoke Memorial Hospital - Allen Cancer Center


2022-2023:  30 pillows donated


Donations needed: No fabric needed for now.



TINY TOTS - Baby Items

About us:

Tiny Tots was started in February, 2010 with 12 ladies from St. Ann’s Bazaar Workshop.  Today it has 50 members and is still growing.  Tiny Tots makes quilts, hats, blanket and sweater sets, teddy bears, nursing covers, and exercise mats for the Rosa Health Center in Georgetown, DE.  To date, over 4,000 quilts, 500 blanket and sweater sets, 2,000 teddy bears, and 200 exercise mats have been made.

The Rosa Health Center takes care of infants thru adults. The Center is absolutely free to whoever cannot afford medical help. Dr. Rama Peri runs the Center. 

Tiny Tots also donates items to St. Vincent de Paul.

Tiny Tots meets at St. Ann’s Church, Delaney Hall, in Bethany Beach on the 4th Tuesday of each month (except December, July, and August) from 9AM to 1 PM.  It is supported by St. Ann’s Parish, Bethany Beach, DE, and Ocean Waves Quilt Guild.


All of the fabric and yarn used to make these items is donated.



2022-2023:  235 baby quilts with hats; 305 adult quilts; 145 crocheted blankets; 419 hats, gloves, scarves; 68 exercise mats; 92 sweater sets; 275 bears; 18 burping cloths; 11 bibs; 7 nursing clothes.


This month, Rosa Health Center received the following: 20 baby quilts with hats; 8 exercise mats; 10 handmade sweater sets; 25 bears. We also delivered the following items for Ukraine: 20 baby quilts with hats; 46 hats, gloves, and scarves; 40 crocheted afghans; 5 handmade sweater sets; 25 bears.
Mary Martinez

Donations neededFabric - Yarn, Baby Flannel and fleece, Adult fabrics 


GUILD CONTACT: Mary Martinez 

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formerly BABY WRAPS

About us:

Our group started in 2017 with five women. Now we have 19 members who meet once a week at Heritage Shores Community Center in Bridgeville. We originally made quilts for newborns at Nanticoke Hospital, but in the last year, we have reached out to other charities who use our services. We changed our name from Baby Wraps to better reflect our commitment to provide quilts to older children, hospice patients, and veterans.


2022-2023:  157 quilts; also donated knitted hats, mittens, scarves to children.

Darlene Jack


Charities we support include:

Olivia's House - York, Pennsylvania

Delaware Hospice -- Milford, Delaware

KatyBug - pediatric hospice -- Milford, Delaware

Dover Air Force Base - Dover, Delaware

Veterans Home - Milford, Delaware

We have also contributed to other groups when asked, including the Salvation Army, Cross Roads Church, and Ft. Dix

Donations needed: Fabric: cotton, flannel (any color, prints other than toddler and baby OK); Rick rack; Lace; Yarn


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About us:

This group's primary mission is to make baby quilts for newborns at BayHealth Hospital and A.I. DuPont Children's Clinic in Milford. Larger quilts are made and given to Habitat for Humanity when new homeowners move in Quilts of Love hold quilting bees 4 times during the year in September, November, January, and March. Kits are assembled and ready to be sewn. The location varies so listen at guild meetings or read the newsletter. Quilts of Love sews from 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM. Bring your sewing machine and a covered dish for lunch. Quilt kits are always available at guild meeting to be sewn at home. Contact the coordinator for more information.



2022-2023:  305 baby quilts donated. If anyone is interested in making a quilt, please contact Daria Ewanik. Her porch Is our drop off/pick up point.

Pat DeVoll


Donations needed: Fabric: Baby, Kid, Blenders 4.5” squares or larger.    Backings – at least 1 ¼ yds x WOF                                                                                                                                                                  


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About us:

The Glade Quilters meet each Tuesday from 9 AM to 12 noon at the Glade Clubhouse to design, assemble, and sew quilts for babies, children, and adults. Its workshop includes cutting tables, sewing machines, and a fabric room. The Glade Quilters donates to the following organizations:

Bay Health Hospital in Milford and Dover

Sussex County Women's Shelter

Little Sisters of the Poor

The Baby Pantry (resource center)

Kody’s Kids Reading Group (started by Phillip Brown)

Cape Henlopen High School homeless students

YMCA (for the homeless of Rehoboth)


The Glade Quilters also provides quilts to several organizations which have fundraisers during the year, such as Stockings for Soldiers and Ducks Unlimited.



2022-2023:  173 quilt donations.

Terry Cassanelli

Donations neededBaby Fabric


GUILD CONTACT: Terry Cassanelli



Angel Gowns - Infant Burial Gowns

About Us:

Our guild members sew infant burial gowns from bridal dresses.

We have the patterns for the members to use. The need is

approximately 50 per year.  The burial gowns are distributed to

Christiana Cares and A. I. DuPont Children's Hospital.  Every year

there continues to be a need for infant Angel Gowns (burial gowns). Please consider sewing one (or more) of these gowns from a simple two-piece pattern. Any white fabric is suitable, and you may add trimmings as you wish. The families of the infants are most appreciative.

The project coordinator is Dr. Shelly Hopkins


2022-2023:  30 infant burial gowns donated.

Donations neededFabric: White; White Bias tape;


GUILD CONTACT: Melissa Sopko


Baby Burial Gown Basic Sewing Instructions

Large Burial Gown Pattern.pdf, Medium Burial Gown Pattern.pdfSmall Burial Gown Pattern.pdfMicro Preemie Gown Pattern.pdf.  

Large Vest Pattern.pdfSmall and Medium Vest Pattern.pdf



About us:

The seed for giving teddy bears started at the Dover Air Force Base Transfer Ceremony for children attending a fallen family member's return. It was felt they needed "something to hold." We have also found these teddy bears comfort children at hospital emergency rooms. We offer bears to first responders at all local police and fire departments. In addition, bears are given to children attending Operation SEAs the Day each September at Bethany Beach.

Teddy Bear pattern is in two parts as a PDF file, which you can access by clicking on its underlined name. 

• Teddy Bear: Upper Body Pattern, Lower Body Pattern,  Updated Instructions


2022-2023:  70 Teddy Bears donated.

This month, 45 red, white and blue bears were delivered for Operation Seas the Day, an organization that brings wounded warrior families to the beach for a week of fun in September.

Marcia Bonifas


Donations neededFabric: Light denim, children’s print, patriotic prints- fat quarters or larger  


GUILD CONTACT: Marcia Bonifas


About us:

Pillowcase kits, containing the necessary fabrics, are available at meetings.  Members take the kits home, sew, and return at a future meeting. Some get together and make them, enjoying the community effort. Some raid their own stash! Once returned, the finished pillowcases are then laundered, ironed, labeled, and attractively packaged individually, and are ready to be given.


2022-2023:  476 pillowcases given to various organizations.

This month, 25 pillowcases were donated to the Ministry of Caring. If anyone has a suggestion of a possible recipient, please contact me. 

Sue Brittingham


We welcome donations of fabric that are width of fabric by any length 2" and over, preferably bright and cheerful. We hope for a wide range of colors and patterns so we can create pillowcases for all ages and genders - babies, kids, teen, women, and men.

Donations: No fabric needed for now.


GUILD CONTACT: Sue Brittingham

Pillowcases of Love Instructions

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