Community Service | Greater Hartford Quilt Guild
The Wadsworth Atheneum Festival of Trees and Traditions in 2017 included a beautiful tree donated by GHQG and decorated with hundreds of handcrafted red and white ornaments made our members. Our appeal for ornaments received so many responses that we chose to use just red and white ornaments this year, and next year the blue and white ornaments crafted by our members will be used to decorate another tree.
Enfield Quilters, Stafford Mill Town Quilters, and other members have recently replied to an urgent appeal from Hartford Hospital for Mastectomy pillows, delivering nearly 150 pillows to the hospital.
Members of GHQG presented two programs at the New Britain Museum of American Art in 2015, in conjunction with the “Let Me Quilt One More Day” exhibit. One program, a children’s workshop called “Lend A Hand”, yielded blocks which were assembled into a quilt, which was donated to the Covenant to Care for Children.
Enfield Quilters have already donated nearly 1000 pillowcases to the Shriner’s Hospital in Springfield, MA, participating in the Million Pillowcase Challenge. We also provide donation quilts every year to Lost Acres for distribution to victims of natural disasters, such as the hurricanes in 2017.
Heritage Quilters of Wallingford donates lap quilts every year to the Masonicare Health Care Center, pillowcases to Ryan’s Case for Smiles, and premie and layette quilts to UConn.
Stafford Mill Town Quilters donate lap quilts, newborn quilts, and walker bags to Johnson Memorial Hospital and Evergreen Health Care Center.
Quilters West donates wheelchair bags to the West Hartford Health and Rehab Center, and pillowcases and lap quilts for the Connecticut Foster Care system.
Ellington Quilters donate “scent cloths”, NICU quilts, and breast cancer bags to area hospitals. A recent Jelly Roll race also produced several quilts which were completed and sent to victims of the 2017 hurricanes.
West Hartford Quilters donate twin size quilts to the St Agnes Home.
Newington Schoolhouse Quilters donate quilts to Boys and Girls Village in Milford and the Newington Department of Human Resources, breast cancer pillows and “pretty pockets” to Middlesex Breast Cancer Center, and fidget quilts for Alzheimer’s patients.
Apple Valley Quilt Guild has made mastectomy pillows for hospitals, pillow cases for Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, lap quilts and walker bags for The Summit in Southington.
The Friendship Quilters of Winsdor regularly supply tote bags to the Harry Gray Cancer Center, and provide quilts to the Windsor Department of Social Services and to the Rocky Hill Veteran's Hospital.