Ocean Waves Quilt Guild, Inc.
GUILD CONTACT: Marilyn White
August Community Service Sew-in
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September 2022 - A Year in Review
As each new fiscal year begins, we like to share the Community Service donation totals from the year just ending. COVID affected our productivity throughout the year, some negatively but some positively. Some groups found alternative charities for donations based on need or the ability to make deliveries. Certainly, things have changed. However, the generosity of our OWQG members remains impressive! Thanks to all of you who do so much to help so many in our community and wherever needed!
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.
Kathy has many yards of first-rate patriotic fabric from generous donors. If anyone is thinking of making a Quilt of Valor for the quilt show, they are welcome to "shop" at her house. You can bring your own pattern or we can look together to find one that will meet your taste and skill level. Rita McConnell and Kathy Varga
Donations needed: Fabric - Red, white, blue solids or tone-on-tone fabrics are greatly appreciated - fat quarters, strips 8” or longer, yardage
GUILD CONTACT: Rita McConnell
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
Dr. Spellman's office
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital - Allen Cancer Center
The coordinator at Cancer Support Group said they are finally starting to get back to some normalcy. 24 heart pillows were delivered recently. We have donated a total of 36 pillows since Sept, 2021.
Donations needed: No fabric needed for now.
GUILD CONTACT: Carol Fisher
TINY TOTS - Baby Items
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.
The February Newsletter listed items delivered to Rosa Health Center and St. Vincent de Paul on February 1st. In addition, 40 adult quilts were delivered to Springboard shelters for homeless in Georgetown.
Donations needed: Fabric - Baby Flannel and fleece, Adult fabrics
GUILD CONTACT: Mary Martinez
formerly BABY WRAPS
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.
We delivered 12 quilts to Delaware Hospice. Several of the quilts were patriotic quilts that will be given to men and women veterans who are currently in hospice. There are four children in Katybug hospice and all have been given quilts.
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
GUILD CONTACT: Darlene Jack
QUILTS OF LOVE
This group's primary mission is to make baby quilts for newborns at Bayhealth Hospital and A I DuPort 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.
Our next in-person Quilts of Love Bee will be Saturday, March 4, 2023 at Lewes Public Library, 111 Adams St., Lewes, from 9 am – 1 pm. Please bring your sewing machine unless you are a helper who assists quilters with pressing, laying out blocks, and tying quilts. Please bring your own lunch and drink as we will not have kitchen facilities. If you prefer to make quilts at home, you can pick up a kit (or more than one.)
Donations needed: Fabric: Baby, Kid, Blenders 4.5” squares or larger. Backings – at least 1 ¼ yds x WOF GUILD CONTACT: Pat DeVoll
THE GLADE QUILTERS
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 provide quilts to several organizations which have fundraisers during the year, such as Stockings for Soldiers and Ducks Unlimited.
We have 12 quilts made for our senior high school homeless.
Donations needed: Baby Fabric
GUILD CONTACT: Terry Cassanelli
Angel Gowns - Infant Burial Gowns
Our guild members will 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 will be 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
Donations needed: Fabric: White; White Bias tape;
GUILD CONTACT: Melissa Sopko
Baby Burial Gown Basic Sewing Instructions
Large Burial Gown Pattern.pdf, Medium Burial Gown Pattern.pdf, Small Burial Gown Pattern.pdf, Micro Preemie Gown Pattern.pdf.
Large Vest Pattern.pdf, Small and Medium Vest Pattern.pdf
TEDDY BEARS (formerly FRIENDS OF THE FALLEN)
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 tht 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
The following deliveries were made:12 bears to the Millville FD and 12 bears to Beebe Emergency in Millville. All were grateful for the donation.
Donations needed: Fabric: Light denim, children’s print, patriotic prints- fat quarters or larger
GUILD CONTACT: Marcia Bonifas
Community Service Showcase presented at May 2022
These ladies really rock!
PILLOWCASES OF LOVE
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.
In the 2021-2022 guild year, 326 pillowcases were donated among the following: Bayhealth Medical Centers, People’s Place, Fresnius Medical Dialysis Centers in Rehoboth and Millsboro, and 56 were sent to the Ukrainian refugees.
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