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.
Our yearly total for Patriot Quilts for Quilts of Valor that came through our group was 33 quilts. 2 more quilts were donated that did not meet the size restrictions and they will be given to veterans.
Donations needed: Fabric- Red, white, blue - 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: Fabric : florals, small checks, leaves, and geometrics to go with the large florals fabrics
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.
From September, 2021 to August, 2022 Tiny Tots donated the following items to the Rosa Health Center in Georgetown: 295 quilts, 71 exercise mats, 175 socks, 84 handmade sweater sets, 387 teddy bears, 151 nursing clothes, 500 masks, 25 hats & mittens, 20 Burp clothes, and 16 bibs.
We also gave St. Vincent de Paul 33 quilts and 77 hats & mittens, and to Ukraine, 150 quilts and 110 hats, scares, & mittens.
Donations needed: Fabric- Adult fabrics ; Buttons for baby sweaters- diameter size ¼, ½, ¾, safety pins, Velcro.
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.
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
The group’s primary mission is to make baby quilts for newborns at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. Quilt donations are also made to Kody’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. 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.
QOL is having a bee on October 29 at St. Jude church in Lewes. It will be from 9-1:30. Kits provided. Bring a dish to share at lunch. Bring your sewing machine. Come pick up a kit to do at home if you are not able to stay and sew.
Looking at the fiscal year, QOL made 338 baby quilts. Quilts have been delivered to Bayhealth Hospital, Nemours Childrens Health Milford, Kentucky flood victims, Ft. Dix Afghan refugees, Poland Ukraine refugees and Sisters of Life Care of pregnant women.
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.
Terry Cassanelli reports their total for 2021-2022 is 235 quilts. Because of COVID our attendance has been affected and so was our total.
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
A Sewing Day is scheduled for Angel Gowns on May 11 at Serendipity Quilt Shop from 10-3. Patterns and fabrics will be supplied. Open to anyone interested in making Angel gowns which will be donated to Christiana Cares and Tidal Health. Please RSVP to Melissa at email@example.com.
Donations needed: Fabric: White; Trim and Lace for Infants; White Bias tape; White Wedding Gowns
GUILD CONTACT: Melissa Sopko
FRIENDS OF THE FALLEN
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.
Teddy Bear pattern is in two parts as a PDF file, which you can access by clicking on its underlined name.
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.
Recently teddy bears have been given to the Milford fire dept (11 bears),
the Ocean View police department (12 bears), and Operation Seas the Day (22 bears). We plan to contact Millville Fire Dept and Bethany Beach Fire Dept this week for additional deliveries.
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.
GUILD CONTACT: Sue Brittingham