Community Cares Quilts

Open Sew Day 2nd Friday

Community Cares Quilts are made for individuals and families experiencing adversity and are in need of the warmth and comfort of a quilt. This is just one of the ways our guild shares our love of quilting with our community. The recommended size is a minimum of 60″ x 72″, however, we will also accept lap quilts.

Community Cares is an open friendship group for members and friends to meet and sew.  Please bring your traveling sewing supplies, sewing machine, and a project to work on.

We meet in the fellowship hall of the Newark Baptist Church at 1000 Granville Road, Newark from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm. Please enter through the west rear door. Come join us!

For more information, contact Community Cares.

Hugs from the Heart

Our Hugs from the Heart quilts are adorned with hand-sewn appliqued hearts to remind the recipient they are cared about and loved. Members applique hearts to blocks during guild meetings or on their own. The completed blocks are then given to the Hugs from the Heart chairperson. These appliqued blocks are combined with pieced blocks to form the guild’s special Hugs from the Heart quilts. Members can request a quilt for anyone who is experiencing a life-altering circumstance. If you have a specific time frame, the chairperson will gladly supply the materials and/or pattern for your use.

Most of the fabric is donated, and volunteers do the assembly. Hearts, needles, and thread are usually on the tables during guild meetings. The guild provides for the cost of the backing, batting, and the cost of quilting. Quilts are approximately 54” x 66”. Kits are available at most meetings. Request forms are available in the member’s section or contact the chairperson.

For more information about the Hugs from the Heart service project contact Hugs.

Dear Wonderful Ladies, The quilt you made me is so beautiful. I can feel the warm hugs from each one of you and feel the warm love in each stitch you took. Thank you

A Grateful Recipient

Thank you so very much for the beautiful handmade quilt you made for our family in honor of our daughter. It’s beautiful and a very special blessing knowing your hard work and long hours of love went into making this quilt! May God bless the work that you do. Thank you so very much!

A Thankful Family

Dear Renie and the Heart of Ohio Quilters Guild, We just wanted to say thank you for the beautiful quilts you donated to emancipating youth. For teens who have very little to call their own, these are an incredibly special gift. Please know that the quilts will be treasured and put to good use. Thanks for all of your hard work. What an amazing gift!

V. Smith and the Fostering Further Team

Quilts for Kids

Quilts for Kids is dedicated to transforming fabrics into patchwork quilts to comfort children facing serious illness, injury, trauma, or loss. Children come in all sizes, so quilts of all sizes are needed. Whole cloth, panel, simple strips, or any pattern works great. Quilts for Kids accepts donations of fabric, batting, backing, and quilting. Quilts are generally the width of fabric by 40” in length as a general size for starters and you can make quilts up to twin size 65”x 93”. Finish the quilt your favorite way. Members can designate where they would like the quilt to go and the committee will make certain it reaches their chosen destination. For more information please contact Quilts for Kids.

Quilts of Valor (QOV)

Quilts of Valor 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 given to and received by all branches of the military.

QOVF does have some specific requirements:

  • Quilts must be a minimum size of 60” x 70” to a maximum quilt size of 72” x 87”.
  • 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 theme of the fabric are significant.

Heart of Ohio Quilters’ Guild Involvement in Quilts of Valor

Heart of Ohio Quilters’ Guild began involvement in this project in 2005 and has stitched about 30 quilts each year for this effort. The QOV chairpersons receive fabric for this project donated by the guild’s members. The QOV chairpersons prepare quilt top kits that are distributed to members who wish to stitch a top. Some guild members create their own quilt tops and provide their own fabric. The QOV chairpersons then send the quilt tops and backing to volunteer longarm quilters assigned by the QOV Foundation. After quilting, the quilts are returned and members bind the quilts, launder them, provide a label, and a presentation case. A letter from the guild accompanies each quilt. The QOV Foundation assigns a destination and the guild provides a budget that pays for shipping the Quilts of Valor to their destination.

For more information about this national effort, see the QOV website at 

For more information about the guild’s involvement, contact Quilt of Valor.

Pattern suggestions for QOV can be found in the rotating boxes below. Please respect the pattern designer and do not use any pattern for your own personal gain.