The Foothill Quilters Guild is deeply committed to giving back to the community. One or two general meetings a year are dedicated to working on community service projects; and throughout the year the Community Service committee hosts Activity Days to make various-sized quilts and other projects that are donated to local entities. Different projects are scheduled depending upon the greatest need at the time.
For those who prefer to work at home, the Community Service committee puts together ”kits” to be checked out at meetings, completed at home, and returned at a subsequent meeting.
Kit choices include:
Quilting: consisting of a quilt top, batting, backing, and binding. This provides a great opportunity to practice your machine quilting skills. We especially need longarm quilters who can quilt!
Quilt tops: these kits simply include material to be sewn into quilt tops.
Binding only: a quilt that is already quilted, and enough fabric for binding is provided to make and sew on the binding.
Preemies: most members provide fabric for preemie quilts; but if you need some, we can give it to you.
To-go bags: all fabric needed to make a cloth drawstring bag, 24” to 30 " wide and about 36”-40" long. (Social workers give them to children being removed from their homes so they can gather toys, clothing, etc., and they become the child's personal tote.) We made over 400 to-go bags in 2011-2012.
We typically make about 125 quilts each year, in addition to the other items.
Recipients of these donations include the Placer County Children’s Receiving Home, local retirement and nursing homes, TAPP (Teen Age Pregnancy Program), the Red Cross, and other local organizations when requests are received.