A few weeks ago I was poking around Facebook and was amazed at the photo I found on the South Bay Area MQG page. They had given themselves a goal-31 quilts for charity in 31 days. They actually made 36! Congratulations SBAMQG-the dedication and teamwork of your guild is something for all guilds to emulate. You can read the blog post about how it all worked here.
“This was our first organized charity drive for our guild and once it was announced that we were making quilts for an event that was happening in 31 days, we were excited and eager to start. But, would we make our goal? The quilts are for all 31 kids who are supported by Jacob’s Heart in Santa Cruz and leaving even one kid out was not an option. So we just had to put our heads down and make as many quilts as possible. The response from our guild was amazing. People committed to making two but made three or more. We put no restrictions on design and emphasized simplicity, but our guild members made incredible quilts. They are bright, modern and would cheer anyone up, especially a kid who is undergoing treatment. Mariah Flanagan was instrumental in our enthusiasm because she told us about the effect that a colorful hospital room has on the treatment you receive in the hospital. The quilts do more than just comfort the recipient, they provide a little happiness to everyone around them.
When we were at our meeting, and everyone brought in their finished quilts and piled them up on the table, I kept thinking about how much this had brought our guild closer together. We met on weekends and at each others’ houses to finish up, and no one did anything to let these kids down. I think the phrase “stitched with love” is an understatement in these quilts. We are ready to take on more Pay it Forward projects, including Blocks for Boston and To Boston with Love. We are grateful for the opportunity to give back locally and to our sister guilds. “
Tina Michalik-SBAMQG president.
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