A brief story: Lia came up with the idea that her online friends is
actually her "guild" but there were no service projects. She asked for
help to set one up. In comes Billijean and Terri. We get our ideas
together formulate plans and data, Terri passes over to Marilyn and the
final three have the pleasure to present this great project. Thank you
to Terri Ruff for all her assistance and effort!
The SUNSHINE QUILT PROJECT has been born. We hope
with us that every great guild needs a service project. We hope we have made
this project easy to administer and contribute to. We are waiting to
hear from you.
There are specific job descriptions for the three team
something is directed to a specific member and not posted it will be
forwarded to other team members. We ask that everything be posted to
any list with the proper subject line.
PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING CAREFULLY.
PLEASE USE THE SUBJECT LINE OF YOUR E-MAIL
APPROPRIATELY BY IDENTIFYING
YOUR POST AS: SUNSHINE QUILT PROJECT
The primary purpose of the Sunshine Quilt Project is to provide sturdy,
useful quilts to those in need. The quilts will be made according to
outlined guidelines. The finished quilts will then be donated to
well-established, international organizations for distribution as they
deem appropriate. In this way, all donors share the warmth and caring,
both physical and emotional, to those in need across the world.
Please contact the right person for the right job based
distribution of information below.
Lia………Administration: search organizations, make written contacts, get
Billijean…..Completed quilts receipt and delivery to destination
Marilyn…..direct the donations of partial quilts, tops and blocks
COMPLETED QUILT GUIDELINES:
Completed quilts do not require 100% cotton fabrics. Battings may be
cotton or polyester or blend. We ask that no batting be thicker/heavier
than 4 oz. These quilts will be used all over the world, perhaps in warm
climates. Thinner batts would be appreciated. Quilts may range in
size from 24" x 24" (infants, no batting, flannel backings), up to 42" x
76" maximum. The infant size quilts are a common request by hospitals
for newborns through 1 year. Tops may be pieced or whole cloth cheater
panels with or without borders. Quilts should be machine quilted or
tied (i.e. embroidery floss or crochet cotton). For infant quilts,
please make sure that all ties are on the top of the quilt. Most likely
the flannel side will be placed against delicate skin. Please no
embellishments. These quilts must be able to be used and laundered
repeatedly. If you use the "birthing" method to complete your quilt,
please hand or machine close the birth opening and top stitch 1/4 - 1/2"
around edges to make a false binding. This will secure the batting to
the edges. If you are using a binding, please make sure it is very
secure and double thickness.
We want our quilts to be representative of the love and care that we are
sharing. Let’s be proud to put our names and the SunShine Quilt Project
on each quilt!
Each quilt should be labelled before sending to Billijean
distribution. A standardized label has been designed for uniformity and
should be used on all donated quilts. It is preferred that labels be
written/drawn directly onto the quilt, however, if a separate label is
made and attached, please make sure it is attached securely on all
sides. Remember to use a permanent marking pen or machine embroidery.
Please do not put last names on your labels.
A SunShine Quilt
Made with love by (your name), (first only)
It is not necessary to box your quilt for mailing.
Wrapping first in a
large trash bag, secondly in brown paper (2 layers of grocery bags works
well), and securing well will suffice. Priority mail is not necessary.
First class is sufficient. Please make sure your quilt is well
identified. Attach a piece of paper with your full name and e-mail
address to each completed quilt for log-in and thank yous.
When sending any donation (completed quilt, or blocks/tops)
you must have a piece of paper attached to EACH donation with: name of
donor, e-mail address.
It is respectfully asked that each person make a donation
If at all possible, please attach with a safety pin, a $1.00 bill to
each quilt or partial quilt you send to assist with postage expenses.
Every effort will be made to receive mailing costs from organizations
receiving these quilts, however, this will not always be possible. Your
assistance would be greatly appreciated.
There are no deadlines. This is an ongoing project
that will be handed
over to a new committee of three people annually unless the present
committee can continue. So keep everything coming. Distribution will be
scheduled in coordination with organization requests and available
The Committee thanks all who participate.
Billijean, Lia & Marilyn