OWQG Community Service Sew-In

August 3, 2020 canceled

 Photos from August 5, 2019  

Community Service Sew-In was

At Conley's United Methodist Church, Lewes, DE


The Community Service Projects worked on: Patriotic Quilts, Quilts of Love, Heart Pillows, Pillowcases of Love


Glade Quilters:

To Sussex County Women's Shelter-24 children, 24 adult quilts Little Sisters of the Poor-12 quilts Kody's Kids-12 quilts-1 special tutorial quilt Bay Health Hospital-24 quilts 3 quilts donated for Stockings for Soldiers fundraiser 1 quilt donated for Ducks Unlimited Heart Pillows 12 to Beebe Cancer Support Center

Pillowcases of Love:

85 Pillowcases were donated to the following organizations: November 2019 10 25 to AI Dupont Children’s Hospital, “Riley’s Smiles Program” 30 to Bayhealth Medical Center, Kent Hospital, Rehab Patients 30 to Bayhealth Medical Center, Sussex Campus, Rehab Patients

Teddy Bears:

43 patriotic teddy bear pillows were given out in September during the “Operation Seas the Day” activities in Bethany Beach.

Quilts of Love:

11 to Harry K’s Baby Pantry

Tiny Tots:

To Rosa Health Center 67 children's hats, scarves and mittens 50 adult hats, scarves and gloves 10 exercising mats 6 handmade sweaters and blanket sets 3 nursing clothes 4 receiving blankets 2 adult quilts 10 baby burp clothes 7 bibs


OWQG Community Service Sew-In on August 6, 2018

  The 77 participants of the August sew-in produced: 68 heart pillows for breast cancer patients,

70 Teddy Bears for Dover Airforce Base, 91 pillowcase kits andenough blocks to make 2 Patriotic Quilts.


August 7, 2017 the Community Service Sew-In was a huge success with 75 people taking part.  During the Community Service Sew-In 3 Patriotic quilt  tops were sewn, 73 heart pillows made and 28 baby quilts were started 6 of which were finished.  Thanks, to all who helped!)


At the 2016 sew-in a total of 54 members and 2 guests attended.  Carol Fisher reported that 63 Heart Pillows were completed and 50 more hearts were sewn waiting to be stuffed.   Twenty Baby Quilts were completed for Tiny Tots.  For Patriotic Quilts 117 squares were completed.

The Glade Quilters are one of the many Community Service Groups of Ocean Waves Quilt Guild.

The Glade Quilters received a Governors Outstanding Volunteer Award Oct. 29, 2019 at an annual dinner at Dover Downs. For more than 18 years, the Glade Quilters have provided 4,500 quilts to local community organizations as well as directly to those in need in Sussex and Kent counties

Glade Quilters with the Govenors Outstanding

Volunteer Award     (photo D. Vuono)

Community Service Projects:


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.  At the guild sponsored August Community Service Sew-In, patriotic quilt blocks and quilts are constructed.  In addition, ready to sew kits for quilt blocks are available at guild meetings for members to take home to complete.




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
Contact: Kaye Webb



TINY TOT'S - Baby Items

Tiny Tots was started in February, 2010, with12 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 floor 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 floor 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 meets at St. Ann’s Church, Delaney Hall, in Bethany Beach on the 4th Tuesday of each month (except December, July, and August) from 10 AM to 2 PM.  It is supported by St. Ann’s Parish and Ocean Waves Quilt Guild. All of the fabric and yarn used is donated.

For additional information, the Guild Contact is Mary Martinez 

February marked the 10th Anniversary of Tiny Tots!

Now doing nursing covers (pattern for DIY Nursing Covers)


This group makes baby quilts exclusively for Nanticoke Hospital. Members meet to sew and quilt once a week at the Heritage Shores Community Center. Over the past 3 years, 425 quilts have been made and donated.


The group’s primary mission is to make baby quilts for newborns at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. Quilt donations are also made to Cody’s Comfort Quilt Project at A I DuPont Children’s Hospital and the Harry K Baby Pantry.  Larger quilts are made and given to Milford Housing Development and Habitat For Humanity when new home owners move in. Aids Delaware is given quilts when patients are in need. To date in 2019, 198 quilts have been donated.

Quilts of Love holds quilting bees 5 times during the year in September, November, January, March, and May. Kits are assembled and ready to be sewn. The location varies so listen at OWQG meetings or read the newsletter. Quilts of Love sews from 9AM to 1:30PM. Bring your sewing machine and a covered dish.   GUILD CONTACT: Pat DeVoll



The Glade Quilters meets 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)

Project Sweet Peas

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

Renaissance Nursing facility

Cape Henlopen Senior Center at Christmas

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.

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

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


Teddy bears are given to children attending the Transfer Ceremony at Dover Air Base for a fallen family member.   SEAs the Day, and Families of the Fallen are also supported.   As of Sept 2019 - 3,047 teddy bears have been made and distributed.
GUILD CONTACT: Marcia Bonifas

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

Print the pattern and join the two sections
Transfer the pattern to freezer paper
Hint - freezer paper can be ironed on material many times, instead of pinning each time to the material.


Pillowcase Kits, containing the necessary fabrics, are available at meetings.  Members take Kits home, sew, and return them at a later meeting. The Committee launders, irons, and attractively packages each individually.


Donations are made to diverse community groups such as AI DuPont Children’s Hospital, Bayhealth Medical Centers, People’s Place, Home of Hope, Fresenius Dialysis Centers, and Children and Families First.  Other groups are under consideration and members’ suggestions are welcomed.

GUILD CONTACT: Sue Brittingham

Pillowcases of Love Instructions


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