Community Service | Greater Hartford Quilt Guild
GHQG members regularly make Mastectomy pillows for Hartford Hospital and other area medical facilities to distribute to patients; this is a sample from a recent contribution.
GHQG members participated in a challenge during the 2020-2021 quarantine to make a child's quilt inspired by a book. More than 50 quilts and books from the first round of the challenge have been donated to local women's shelters; and the challenge is ongoing.
Ellington Quilters donate NICU quilts and hearts and totes for breast cancer to local hospitals. A recent workshop in Pineapple Blocks also resulted in dozens of scrappy blocks which were assembled into a quilt donated to the Ellington Congregational Church.
Quilters West donates wheelchair bags to the West Hartford Health and Rehab Center, and pillowcases and lap quilts for the Connecticut Foster Care system. They also recently went all out to produce this
stack of mastectomy pillows.
stack of mastectomy pillows.
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 over 1000 pillowcases to the Shriner’s Hospital in Springfield, MA, participating in the Million Pillowcase Challenge. The pillowcases become extra-special gifts when wrapped around a small stuffed animal! We also provide donation quilts every year to Lost Acres for distribution to victims of natural disasters, and use one meeting each year to complete some of these projects as a group.
West Hartford Quilters donate twin size quilts to the St Agnes Home.
Stafford Mill Town Quilters donate lap quilts and walker bags to Johnson Memorial Hospital and Evergreen Health Care Center, as well as pet mats and other projects. Recently they had a "Donation preparation" meeting at which they prepared kits for these ongoing projects, made sanitary products for the Days For Girls organization, and hemmed a quilt ready to be donated.
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.
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. Recently they also participated in the Northwest Park Fair in Windsor.
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.