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.
Pillowcases: all fabric needed to make pillowcases.
Breast Cancer pillows: we make heart-shaped pillows in sets of two for women recovering from a mastectomy.
We typically make about 125 quilts each year, in addition to the other items.
In 2017-18 we gave 135 breast cancer heart sets to Auburn Imaging and Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, 111 placemats to Seniors First, 125 preemie quilts to the UC Davis and Kaiser Neonatal units, the WIC program and other hospitals, and 76 pillow cases and 135 quilts to Stand Up Placer, Koinonia, Seniors First, Auburn Ravine Terrace and West View Healthcare Center. We welcome requests from other local organizations as well.
In 2019 we donated 218 items. During the pandemic (2020/2021) we donated a total of 1139 items, including 360 quilts. Some of the donations went to: Koinonia Family services (quilts as well as pillow cases, aprons and more), We Care (fire victims), Auburn Hospice, Habitat for Humanity Nevada City, Shriners Hospital, and others. We also made and donated heart pillows to Sutter Health Auburn.
The guild gladly accepts cotton fabric donations of fat quarter or larger for use in community service projects. For more information on donating fabric please contact our Community Service chairperson, 530-906-5523.