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COMMUNITY SERVICE
   GUILD CONTACT: Marilyn White 
                         
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August Community Service Sew-in

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Community Service Sew-In - Join Us!

August 5, 2024, at Conley’s UM Church 

               NOTE THE TIME CHANGE:  9:00 Set-Up, 9:30 -2:00                                      

*Breakfast snacks provided; BYO drinks and lunch                  *Sign up at the July guild meeting or email with your group     choice to mbwhite106@gmail.com.                                           *Come support our CS projects by cutting, pressing, sewing, stuffing, trimming, packaging, creating, SOCIALIZING, and more, all for charity!  WE HOPE YOU’LL JOIN US!  

   

Sew-in Volunteer opportunities  

 

Pillowcases of Love - Sue Brittingham, suebritt33@gmail.com.  

Group #1 volunteers will cut fabric and prepare kits- bring 24” ruler and rotary cutter.               

Group #2 volunteers will prep, label, and package pillowcases for presentation.                       

**Once they are made, prepared pillowcase kits will be available for pickup to sew at home.

Teddy Bears - Marcia Bonifas  mbonifas@verizon.net.

Volunteers will cut fabric, sew, and stuff bears.

Bring sewing machine, shears.

 

Quilts of Love - Pat DeVoll  pjdevoll@aol.com.

Volunteers will sew baby quilts.

Kits with pattern will be provided to make a 36x36 inch baby quilt. Nine rows of nine squares make each quilt. Bring thread and sewing machine.                                                                         

 

Patriotic Quilts - Rita McConnell and Kathy Varga kvarga07866@gmail.com                                                 

Volunteers will create blocks to be used to make Quilts of Valor. These are strip foundation pieced blocks (no paper piecing).

Bring sewing machine and any red, white, or blue fabric scraps and strips (no smaller than 2”).

 

Angel Gowns - Melissa Sopko   missabissa@gmail.com.                           Volunteers will cut and sew infant burial gowns. Fabric, ribbon, and patterns will be provided. Bring sewing machine, rotary cutters, shears, pins or weights, white thread and bobbin.

PATRIOTIC QUILTS 

About us:

This service project group organizes and leads productions of patriotic themed quilts to be donated to the Quilts of Valor Foundation. (qovf.org)  “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.

** Patriotic Quilts is looking for volunteers to quilt one or more quilts for Quilts of Valor.  If you can help, please contact Kathy Varga. kvarga07866@gmail.com.

Activities:

The Guild gave 7 finished quilts to the Quilts of Valor Foundation at Monday's meeting.  This was in response to an urgent appeal from Marguerite Niemoeller on May 6th, less than a month prior.  Many thanks to all of the volunteers that acted swiftly to make that happen.

 

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

GUILD CONTACT: Rita McConnell

 

 

HEART PILLOWS

 

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
 

Activities:

2022-2023:  30 pillows donated

 

Donations needed: No fabric needed for now.


GUILD CONTACT: Carol Fisher

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.

 

Activities: The following deliveries were made to Rosa Health Center:  8 exercise mats, 20 quilts with hats, 10 sweater sets, and 25 bears.                                         * 9 afghans to Appalachia                                                                                             *29 afghans to The Linus Project                                                                                 

Donations neededWe are in need of worsted weight yarn and fiberfill stuffing.  Fabric - Yarn, Baby Flannel and fleece, Adult fabrics 

                      

GUILD CONTACT: Mary Martinez 

COMFORT QUILTS,

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.

Activities

During For the month of May we donated 6 quilts to Delaware Hospice and 7 quilts plus 13 fabric books to Division of Family Services serving Kent/Sussex counties for children who are in foster care. Darlene Jack

 

Charities we support include:

Olivia's House - York, Pennsylvania

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Delaware Hospice -- Milford, Delaware

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KatyBug - pediatric hospice -- Milford, Delaware

delawarehospice.org

Dover Air Force Base - Dover, Delaware

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Veterans Home - Milford, Delaware

vethome.delaware.gov

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


GUILD CONTACT: Darlene Jack

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QUILTS OF LOVE

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.

 

Activities: QOL is having a bee Saturday, June 8 at Sussex East Manor House from 9- 1:30.   Come and sew, assist sewers, or drop by and pick up a kit.  Bring a dish to share if you plan to stay. Pat DeVoll

 

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

GUILD CONTACT: Pat DeVoll

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THE GLADE QUILTERS

 

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.

 

Activities: 

We donated 3 quilts for raffles in the area.

Donations neededBaby Fabric

 

GUILD CONTACT: Terry Cassanelli

ANGEL GOWNS 

 

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

Activities: Angel Gown Workshop was held in April

  

Donations neededFabric: White; White Bias tape;

 

GUILD CONTACT: Melissa Sopko

 

Download the patterns:

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Baby Burial Gown Basic Sewing Instructions

Large Burial Gown Pattern

Medium Burial Gown Pattern

Small Burial Gown Pattern

Micro Preemie Gown Pattern

Large Vest Pattern

Small & Medium Vest Pattern

TEDDY BEARS (formerly FRIENDS OF THE FALLEN)


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

Activities: 

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

PILLOWCASES OF LOVE

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.

Activities:

We would like to have 25 completed, patriotic theme pillowcases for Christmas gifts for the people at Home of the Brave. They should be made from YOUR FABRIC STASH and following  the same pattern used by POL. The directions are on our website’s Community Service page under Pillowcases of Love.  Questions?  Contact Sue.  

Reminder: Kits can be picked up, and completed pillowcases can be dropped off at Dreamweavers, located in the Midway Shopping Center in Rehoboth, any Saturday 10:00-1:00.

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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