Outreach Projects

Community Outreach

The guild is actively involved in various outreach projects providing comforting quilts and quilted items to many in need in the local community. Examples of past and present projects include lap quilts for the Carleton Home, placemats for the Meals on Wheels Program, pillowcases for the Northern Tier Children’s Home, table toppers for the Shared Home, cage comforters for the local PSPCA, and Project Linus quilts for local children in need. If you have questions about any outreach project contact the Outreach Chairperson.

Member Outreach

When a guild member is facing a long-term illness and treatment, guild members volunteer to make her a “hug quilt” to keep her comforted during the illness and to let her know that her MLQG quilting sisters are sending their thoughts and prayers to her for a speedy recovery. The Outreach Chairperson coordinates the work of guild members who make 6 1/2-inch heart blocks which are then put together into a quilt.

Current Outreach Project(s)

Stone Soup Quilts

"It's what you bring to the pot!"

Remember the old folk story, Stone Soup? It's the story of hungry strangers who come to town with only a pot. Using the pot and a stone, they convince the townspeople to each add a small amount of their food to the pot in order to make stone soup, a meal that everyone enjoys. It was while cutting fabric squares for a cobblestone quilt and trying to think of a new and fun outreach project for the guild that the idea of Stone Soup Quilts was born!

Each Stone Soup Quilt kit will contain a simple throw-size pattern and a few fabric "stones". Sign out a kit at the monthly guild meeting and add your share to it throughout the month. Add matching fabrics from your stash, cut pieces, stitch blocks, put the top together, or finish the entire quilt. Do as much as you have time for, but the kit must be returned at the next guild meeting so you can show your progress during Show & Tell. After that, you can either keep the kit for another month to continue working on it or pass it to another guild member; she will then add her share to the quilt. The process will continue until the quilt is completed.

Guild members can also put together Stone Soup Quilt kits! Start with an easy throw-size (40ish x 50ish) quilt pattern, add some fabric "stones" from your stash (UFOs or orphan blocks would make good "stones" as well). Bring the kit to the next guild meeting for another guild member to work on.

Finished quilts will be distributed wherever there is a need throughout our community, such as CONCERN, nursing homes, Lap Robes for Veterans, etc.

Questions? Contact Susan McConnell, MLQG Outreach Chairperson (check your guild roster for her contact info)

Quilts for CONCERN

CONCERN is a nonprofit child welfare agency located throughout the state of Pennsylvania. CONCERN offers foster care, residential services and counseling to children in our immediate area. Our local Concern office is located in Wellsboro and serves Tioga County. Every month between 1 and 5 children enter into foster care in our county alone; some come into the program with only the clothes that they are wearing and nothing else. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could give them a quilt of their own at a time when they feel like they have nothing at all that belongs to them?
Quilts are needed for children from infants to teens, but keep in mind that most of the boys and girls who enter into foster care are school age.
SIZE: Crib or throw. You may decide the exact size, but the maximum dimensions should not exceed twin size.
PATTERN: You may use any pattern of your choice.
FABRICS: 100% cotton (regular or flannel). Keep in mind that children love brightly colored, kid friendly fabrics and appreciate color-coordinated quilts.
BATTING: 1/8” - 1/4” LOW LOFT batting - can be polyester, cotton or a blend.
ASSEMBLING THE QUILT: All quilts should be machine pieced and quilted (either by machine, hand quilted, or tied).
BINDING: Hand or machine binding is acceptable.
DO NOT add embellishments -- buttons, sequins, rhinestones, long strings or loops. These could be a choking hazard.
Contact the Outreach Chairperson with any questions.
Visit CONCERN's website for more information about their work.

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