Thursday, August 30, 2012

Baby Bundles Sew-In

Our guild, the Austin Area Quilt Guild, sponsors the creation and donation of baby quilts to three area charities Last week, about a dozen of us gathered to finish up some that had been donated as tops.

The Quilt Store, on Anderson Lane,
generously allows us to use their classroom for these "mini-sew-in"s.    Gracie, the Baby Bundles coordinator,  brought 26 quilts that were almost ready - they had been sandwiched, turned right side out, and edge stitched.  The members either quilted them or tied them, sewed on labels, and then added them to the stack to be delivered.

The next week, I took 20 quilts to Mom's Place, a breastfeeding clinic which is a part of  the Health Departments Women, Infants and Children's program.  The staff were excited to see me come in, happy to be able to give these quilts to newborns - tummy time in a bright quilt is a good thing.
Quilts are made by members using fabric from their own collection or from kits provided by the guild.  A small budget allows the coordinators to buy rolls of batting so that those who prefer to turn in tops can be assured that their quilt will be finished and donated.

Every quilt is different.  the one on the right uses Cars fabric.  Others are pink and sweet.  Others are a riot of multicolored fabrics.

It's a good feeling to contribute.  I urge you to consider joining in this project.

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