Community Cares is now a Splinter Group. This is one of our guild's way of giving back and sharing the comfort that comes from a quilt. These comfort quilts are made for an individual in need of warmth and comfort of some type. Additionally, some quilts are made and donated to various organizations for them to auction off with proceeds going to support their mission. The recommended size is minimum 60" x 72", but lap quilts are also accepted.
Hugs from the Heart Our Hugs from the Heart quilts are adorned with applique hearts to remind the recipient they are loved and cared for. Members applique hearts to blocks during the guild meeting or on their own and provide them to the Hugs from the Heart chairperson. These applique blocks are combined with pieced blocks to form the guild’s special Hugs from the Heart quilts. Members can request that the chair provide a quilt to someone who is experiencing a life-altering circumstance. Most of the fabric is donated, and volunteers do the assembly. At most monthly meetings, there are heart blocks on the tables. The guild provides for the cost of the backing, batting, and the cost of quilting. If you have a specific time frame, the chair will gladly supply the materials and/or pattern for your use. Quilts are approximately 54” x 66”. Kits are available at most meetings. Requests forms are available at the meetings or on the guild website.
At some time in the twenty five years of the existence of HOQG, members decided to reach out to people who were experiencing a life-altering situation with a lap/throw quilt. These quilts are adorned with applique hearts to remind the recipient they are loved and cared for. Quilts often provide comfort and warmth while healing takes place in whatever form that is. According to our records, by April, 2007, there had been 247 quilts given to people locally and far away. As of December 2016, we have now given 368 quilts to very grateful people. We could not do this without the support of our guild members.
2013 Heart of Ohio Quilt Guild donation of Quilts for Kids to Licking Memorial Hospital.
This picture was in LMH's Community Connection (newsletter). Picture courtesy of LMH.
Quilts of Valor (QOV) is a national quilting effort, that has distributed more than 200,000 quilts since 2003 and the beginning of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The mission of the QOV Foundation is to cover all service members and veterans touched by war with wartime quilts called Quilts of Valor. Quilts are received by all branches of the military.
QOV do have some specific requirements. Minimum quilt size of 60” x 70” to maximum quilt size of 72” x 87”. Fabric is required to be 100% cotton. Quilts must be quilted, not tied. Most QOV are often some combination of red, white, and blue although this is not a requirement; these quilts are distributed to adults so the size of the quilt and them of the fabric are significant.
Heart of Ohio Quilters’ Guild Involvement in Quilts of Valor