Meetings Fourth Tuesday of Every Month at Des Moines Christian Church
at 1 pm and 7 pm

Community Outreach

Beginning in 2018 Community Giving and Education Outreach committees will begin working together to better use all of our resources.  In 2018 Community Giving will continue to collect quilts for Joppa and other agencies.  We will also be collecting toiletries and pop tabs, pillowcases and place mats.  Please bring any of these items to any meeting.  Child size quilts will also be collected and distributed in August after the State Fair Sew In.  A listing of these agencies will be posted later this year.

Working with the Quilt Show we will be collecting Quilts of Valor that will be presented during the Quilt Show.  Guidelines can be reached through the attached link.  Think patriotic and red white and blue!  Please follow along this year at meetings as quilts are shown and be willing to donate some of your time and skills to this worthwhile project.  Susie Martin will be spear heading this for the Quilt Show.

More information will be coming over the next few months.  So please check back.

Community Outreach:  Mary Franck and Carol Hendrick
Education Outreach:  Sharon Meisenheimer and Jill Reber


2018 Community Outreach Project: Quilts of Valor

We will be having a focus project on Quilts of Valor for 2018. There will be a large display and many presentations during our 2018 quilt show.

These quilts will be due at the July Meeting, so that the final planning can be completed in time for the show.

Please consider making one or more. This is great project for small groups. If you have a service member you would like recognized, please contact us.

For more details, download this pdf and stay tuned here and in the newsletter throughout the year.


Ongoing Community Outreach Programs

For our new members and a helpful reminder for those who have been active, listed below are our projects and where items will be donated this year:

Crib and Lap Quilts
ChildServe at Woodland Center. Help for children with special health care needs. Also the Linus Project.
Twin and Larger Quilts
Twin-size quilts are needed for the YMCA Supportive Campus. The program provides housing and supportive services to single men and women as they transition from being homeless to being self-supportive members of our community.
We collect placemats for Meals-on Wheels.  We have contacted Polk and neighboring counties who have homes for around 1000 placemats.  So you know what to do with your scraps, quilters!
We will occasionally have some kits available or you can supply your own fabric to make pillowcases.
Can Pull-Tabs
We collect can pull-tabs for Ronald McDonald House
Travel size or larger toiletries are brought to Local shelters
Veteran Quilts
Large lap quilt or bed-size quilts for the Community Living Center at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Des Moines
Alzheimer's Association Quilt Donation
Annually we donate a quilt to Alzheimer’s Association for their fundraiser
Fabric Donations
We encourage donations of 100% cotton fabrics and batting suitable for machine quilting. Please contact one of us or bring the fabric to a guild meeting.
Supplies for Des Moines Public School Sewing Classes
We send the following donations to the Des Moines Public School Sewing Classes:

  • 2 3/4 yd lengths of fabric (flannel or cotton) for pajama pants projects
  • 1 yd and 1/3 yd contrasting fabrics for middle school projects
  • 1/2″ wide ribbon
  • Knit, cotton and fashion fabrics in any size other than scraps
  • Interfacing
  • Insulbrite
  • Notions — zippers, thread, buttons, elastic, etc.

Please label these items with the words Des Moines Schools

Creative Vision
The Creative Vision Quilting Class was in full force with an average of 15 ladies of the inner city participating each week during the school year. Members of the guild helped by assisting the class members, pinning the quilt tops and making needed kits. Over 150 quilts were made by the participants to use in their homes with their families. The learning of English while practicing quilting skills was an added benefit since many of the ladies are from other countries.
Kid's Classes
The Kids Classes helped 50 students learn to quilt by making a lap quilt that they could take home and enjoy. It is a very popular program with all classes full at the Urbandale and Pleasant Hill libraries. Guild members and former students guided the children to find success.
State Fair Sew-In
The State Fair Sew-In was also a huge success with 450 quilts completed. These were donated to Bidwell Riverside, Camp Dodge Family Services, Angel Tree Camp, Children’s Behavioral Health Unit of Lutheran Hospital, Lutheran Social Services of Iowa and to Child Serve. New this year was Adoption Saturday for Polk County where 70 quilts were given to 40 families. Quilters from 80 counties, 35 states and 4 foreign countries helped and learned about quilting. Many of these were people of all ages that had never before used a sewing machine.
The Community Closet

A Charity Closet is maintained with donations from Guild members and members of the community. Creekside Quilting continues to have a donation basket that enables people to donate to this closet. It provides the fabric for these projects as well as many others in the community:

  • Fabric was donated to 6 groups of Days for Girls (sanitary kits for girls in Third World Countries)
  • Operation Christmas Child (West Kirk Presbyterian),
  • God’s p\Pattern of Design (Lynda Charleston)
  • Boppies for Parent-Child Program for Casy, Mississippi
  • Gloria Dei Lutheran Church (Quilts for Honduras)
  • Trinity Lutheran Church, Clare, Iowa
  • Modern Quilt group (Quilts for fallen local police officers)
  • Weekly Creative Vision Quilt Group
  • State Fair Sew-in

Several Small groups went beyond the call with donations of fabric, time and talent. The Warren County Piece Makers made 100 large ready-to-quilt kits. The Binding Sisters made many yards of binding ready to attach to quilts. The Creative Vision Quilting Group donated the machines and tools needed for the Kids Classes and State Fair Sew-In.

Several companies also donated to the Education Committee Projects. They were Leo 9 Textiles (fabric), Creekside Quilting (50 two yard cuts) , Hobbs Batting Co.(batting), Metro Sales and Service (15 machines cleaned and serviced), Meredith Publishing (tops and fabric) , Piecework Quilt Shop (fabric) and Warm and Natural Co (batting).

Education is our goal and educating we have done in a big way. We all should be very proud of the lives touched by our projects.

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