Current Outreach Project(s)
The Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild has partnered with the Humble Bumble Project to help provide them with Bumble Bags.
Bumble Bags are handmade drawstring bags that contain small items of comfort (lip balm, tissues, hard candy, hand sanitizer, etc.). They are provided to pediatric and young adults (up to age 39) who are receiving cancer treatments at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center in Wellsboro, PA; Geisinger Cancer Institute in Danville, PA; and James P. Wilmot Cancer Center in Rochester, NY.
Sadly, about 70,000 young people are diagnosed with cancer each year in the United States. With statistics like that, we're going to need a lot of Bumble Bags! One bag uses scraps of brightly colored fabrics and only takes about a half-hour to complete, so making a Bumble Bag is an easy way to help until childhood and adolescent cancer is eliminated!
The Humble Bumble Project is a 501 (c)(3) public charity, based in Tioga County, PA, dedicated to helping pediatric and young adult cancer patients and their families. Learn more about the Humble Bumble Project and the services they offer at www.humblebumbleproject.com.
The pattern for the Bumble Bag can be found by clicking here.
Questions and completed bags can be directed to MLQG Outreach Chairperson Susan McC.
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 McC., MLQG Outreach Chairperson (check your guild roster for her contact info)