Cheryl Barnes of Golden Threads and
Handi Quilter make great donation
Chery Barnes, nationally known quilter and instructor and owner of Golden Threads, along with Handi Quilter made a large donation of fabric, batting, notions and quilt shop supplies.
These items came at a time when our fabric supplies were running low and our budget didn't allow for the purchase of more fabric. Especially nice was the large variety of fabric prints that will be able to be used as quilt backs.
Many thanks for Cheryl and Handi Quilter for their generous donation. More information about Golden Threads and Handi Quilter may be found at www.goldenthreads.com or www.handiquilter.com (Posted 12/3/2010)
Quilts donated to Children's Memorial Hospital
Our November quilt donation to Children's Memorial Hospital, Nov. 22, 2010 was an unbelievable experience. We were able to obtain access to the oncology unit and were allowed to donate our quilts directly to patients as they were receiving their chemo therapy treatments. Our donation team included: Chapter Director, Bob Urquhart; Board President, Randy Hannsen; and Advisory Board Member, Scott Saxe.
The donation team was given the "grand" tour of the oncology department. Many thanks to the entire staff for their hospitality.
"To see smiles come to faces of these brave young patients was something I have never experienced," said Urquhart. A total of 39 quilts were donated. We had hoped for at least 50 but hopefully this goal will be met at our next donation in late January or early February 2011.
Our sincere thanks to our Advisory Board Member, Scott Saxe, for coordinating this visit to Children's Memorial Hospital. www.childrensmemorial.org (Posted 11/25/2010)
Linda Gentry donates
Linda Gentry, a provider of commercial window treatments and interiors, recently donated over 100 fabric sample books. These books containing fabric samples of cottons, silks, velvets, and many others were recently donated. Different from the usual "kid prints" usually donated, they will provide a source of fabric for teens and older quilt recipients, as well as bed/wheel chair bags. We thank Linda for her unique donation.
At the present time our main need is the donation of cash. Our bank account is desperately low and we need cash to pay for postage to ship quilt kits and the other supplies for the quilt kits. If you or anyone you know can help please send a check to Quilts for Kids Illinois Chapter, PO Box 8211, Romeoville, IL 60446. (Posted 11/20/2010)
Uniquely Yours Quilt Shop donates
Uniquely Yours Quilt Shop located in Orangeville, IL made a very generous donation of fabric. One especially great find in their donation was nearly 15 yards of 108" width fabric. This will be cut and used for the backs of many of our upcoming quilt kits. It's a deep garnet red -- be on the lookout for it in your next kit!! The shop is great and loaded with very large assortment of high-quality fabrics, supplies and a friendly staff. Next time you're looking to explore take the two-hour drive from Chicagoland and head their way. For more information and a map visit www.uniquelyyoursquilting.com.
Prairie Star Quilt Guild Show a big success
QFK Illinois Chapter had a table at the Prairie Star Quilt Guild's 2010 Quilt Show. During the two-day show we met a great bunch of quilters. We are expecting to be distributing kits to those who signed up within the next two weeks. Hopefully we will have at least 40 quilts donated as a result of the show.
We spoke with the quilt shops that were exhibiting at the show and several have agreed to give us their remnants and unsold fabric to help keep us supplied with fabric. (Posted 10/1/2010)
Quilts are arriving!
Our first batch of quilt kits are now being returned, please check the Gallery page and check out some of the new pictures of these quilts created with much love. (Posted 8/31/2010)
Another great gift donated!
We have taken delivery of our John Watts quilt frame donated by Deb's Quiltery in Bartlett. It has been set up and is working beautifully. Using this frame in conjunction with our Brother 1500 we will be able to get quilts out of the door and into the hands of kids more quickly. (Posted 8/12/2010)
The kindness of strangers
The week of August 9, 2010 was a fantastic one for our chapter. We received two major donations: a Brother 1500 sewing machine which will be used to help us with our quilting chores and a White Eurosew sewing/embroidery machine. This machine will allow us to make machine embroidered labels for our Sponsor a Quilt Kit program.
We are also awaiting the acquisition of a quilting frame to help with produce more quilts in less time. More on this in the next week or two.
First completed quilt kit returned
Yesterday, August 4, 2010 marked another milestone for the our Chapter -- we received our first completed quilt kit. It was one of the Thomas the Train kits. The quilt was completed by our volunteer Tina. Tina did an excellent job and her quilt will bring comfort to a child suffering with a life threatening illness.
Hopefully by the end of September we will have received enough quilts back to make a presentation to Children's Hospital. Will keep you posted as to the specifics on this. (Posted 8/5/2010)
Quilt kit requests coming in
In the past two weeks we have received requests for nearly 20 quilt kits! We are waiting to see the great quilts that are being created and will post pictures to the gallery as soon as we get them back.
In an effort to help more children it is requested that for each kit sent to you that you create a second quilt from your own stash of fabric and return it along with the quilt from the kit you were sent. You can ship two quilts in one package for almost the same price as a single quilt. Be creative and use kid friendly fabrics and try some of the other patterns or use one of your favorite lap or baby sized quilt favorites. Also, please let your friends know about us. (Posted 8/20/2010)
Fabric donation received
July 16, 2010 we received a donation of over 150 yards of cotton fabric and an entire roll of batting. This donation will help us produce many colorful quilts for kids in need. Many thanks to Melissa Saxe for her generous donation.