Though we are winding down the guild season we are still going strong with our monthly Charity Coach and Chat group. This month Tina Barth will demonstrate another binding technique. This one can be done on a sewing machine. Tina has made another quilt with a partially completed edging. It will be possible to see all the steps illustrated as she explains the technique.
Tina will bring the crisscross quilt that the Charity Coach and Chat group worked on through the year and can review the steps used to complete it. If anyone wants to have a demonstration of the hand stitching we used, she will have samples for hand stitching that can be worked in class and taken home as a reminder.
The group starts at 11:00 for the crisscross quilt topics and any demonstrations. At about 11:45 she will make sure that the crisscross quilt is ready to go and then switch the focus to the new quilt and the machine edging technique. The group finishes when the guild business meeting is called together.
The good news is that we also coach and chat with each other about charity projects. Anyone with ideas for the future is encouraged to bring them up. The group can be shaped to fit who ever wishes to participate. Let me know your interests so that I can work on programming for next year. Tina Barth
Enjoy the approach of Spring and quilt with a smile. The good feelings will live in your quilt. Thank you to all.
Jennifer Bigelow, Service Committee Chairperson.
Charity Coach and Chat
January, 2013-Charity Coach and Chat resumes in January. Tina Barth has done a great job in working with the group to learn about simple patterns and color play to make a quilt top. In January Tina will demonstrate and discuss binding a quilt using the quilt that group started in October. The group will examine the steps used in making binding and attaching it by machine, with mitered corners. She will demonstrate the blind stitch and participants will try it out on individual samples that she'll make available. We hope the participants will take home their samples and practive between the January and February meeting, because in February the group will work together on finishing the binding of the quilt that you started.
October, 2012-Tina Barth kicked off this year's C.C and C in October talking about color and design possibilities, and started to put together a counterpane quilt that will be donated to charity. Everyone was enthusiastically involved-even returning to the work during the break! This type of quilt has a top of squares that were laid out, and then will be sewn and finished by tying. It will have a machine binding, finished by hand with a blind stitch. Tina will be teaching techniques throughout the process. The more people the merrier, and of course you can take what you learn in these sessions and start your own charity quilts!
Posted: April 2012– In September the Service Committee introduced a new monthly group called “Charity Coach and Chat”. Through this Guild year, Marilyn Korn, Tina Barth, Jennifer Bigelow and other members, took turns moderating the sessions through which we brought together members with all levels of skill, experience and time in the Guild to buddy up and coach each other on all sorts of quilting skills. Our aim is to develop a 'live' social network, bringing together ‘seasoned’ members with new members, through friendly chatting, and hopefully create more quilts and other items for our various charity efforts. The on-going group has enjoyed active participation and the members who attend seem to have a lot of fun meeting each other and learning new techniques.
The Service Committee is looking for members willing to demonstrate basic and intermediate techniques for making quilts, stuffed animals, or other items we donate to the many charitable organizations we support.
Long-standing members: Please email the Service Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org and let her know if you would like to help by attending one or more of these Charity Coach and Chat sessions or to answer questions from newer quilters. The sessions will be held from 12:00pm to 1:00pm, before our regular meetings.
Newer quilters: Make your charity quilts with us! By coming to these Charity Coach and Chat sessions, you’ll learn all you need to know about making beautiful, useful charity quilts. During these sessions, you’ll learn how to plan, cut, sew, and finish your charity quilt. And we’ll also talk about making other items — like the holiday stockings and teddy bears.
The members who attended our monthly sessions this year not only learned how to make charity quilts, they picked up techniques they now use to make their own beautiful quilts.
This is open for all members and guests. We look forward to having a lively time with many people.
Jennifer Bigelow and Marilyn Korn, Service Committee Co–Chairs
and Tina Barth
Posted: May 1, 2013 – Numerous organizations are the recipients of quilts made by our members. Here is a sampling of the notes sent in acknowledgement of these gifts.
Beth Israel Medial Group: "THANK YOU again for the beautiful quilts and NICU covers. I had them in my office for a few days before bringing to the hospital and people kept coming by and asking “where did you get such beautiful quilts from”."
Americares: "...between the economy and the weather, this winter has been particularly difficult for these patients and their families, so your gifts of kindness really mean a lot to both the staff and the families they are serving."
Family Homelessness: "A hand-stitched quilt is a gift that will continue to provide warmth to these families even as they move into stable housing."
Room-to-Grow: "As ever, the quilts are so beautiful and we greatly appreciate the care and love that went into making them for the families and children we serve."
The Firemen's Home: "On behalf of the members of the Firemen's Home, ... thank you for the donation of four (4) handmade quilts ... for our retired volunteer firefighters, ladies auxiliary members, and spouses.
Each year we have one meeting dedicated to assembling quilts for various charities. It is a fabulous time to learn and work together. There are so many people in need, and we can use your help. At our most recent Charity Day, March 9, 2013, we completed over 70 quilts and other items to donate to local organizations.
In addition to our annual Charity Day meeting, we have been fortunate that The City Quilter has donated the use of thier classroom space both before and after our Charity Day to prepare and to complete items.
In addition to the specific Charity Day events the Guild also makes items through the fall for the holiday season.
Do you want to help, but you're not sure how? Here are suggestions to get you started, and some great ideas of projects you can do over the summer.
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Suggested Quilt Sizes (Approximate)
- Preemie Quilts — 16" x 24" quilted by hand or machine and washed in Ivory or Dreft. Absolutely NO tied quilts, no buttons, no pompoms.
- Crib Size — 36" x 36" – no larger than 45" x 45"
- Nursing Home (Wheelchair) — 36" x 36" No larger, please, as we do not want our beautiful quilts to get caught in the wheels.
Easy Assembly Suggestions — Option A
Thank you to member Marge Geary for these easy assembly instructions:
On a large flat surface, layer (top to bottom): Batting, Top Fabric (right side down), Bottom Fabric (right side up). The right sides of your top and bottom fabric will be together. Sew around the border of three sides, and 3/4 of the way around the fourth side. Leave an opening and turn the quilt inside out. Your top layer will be in place, with the batting in the middle and the bottom layer on the bottom — just where they all belong! You are now ready to quilt or tie!
Easy Assembly Suggestions — Option B
This is another way to finish off quilts rather than doing the pillow turn method or making separate binding and sewing on. This works up very fast for charity quilts.
This should be done with a machine with walking/even feed foot.
The top and batting should be the same size with the backing about 3" larger.
Lay the backing face down with the top and batting centered on it, face up.
Quilt as desired.
Trim the backing to 1" all around.
Turn the backing in ½" to meet the top/batting.
Turn in again ½ to cover the edge of the top/batting.
Sew down on machine.
Charity Quilt Pattern #1
Finishd block size is 7" and there are 30 blocks total, five rows of six each. Each row is the same with rows 2 & 4 upside down.
Start with a 6" square of a print fabric – 30 needed.
Cut 30 2" x 6" pieces of assorted solid or small prints.
Cut 30 2" x 7½" pieces of assorted solid or small prints.
Sew the smaller 2"x 6" border to the squares. PRESS to border.
Sew the 2"x 7½" to the square. PRESS to border.
Sew in rows of six alternating the side border right then left, border always on bottom. There are five rows. PRESS.
Sew rows together. PRESS.
To assemble, lay batting down smooth, lay backing on top, face up. Put top face down and pin baste around edges. Sew ¼" from edge of top all around leaving a 6" opening. Turn right side out and quilt by machine or tie. Close opening.
Charity Quilt — Giant Log Cabin
Start with a panel or large focal print measuring between 16"-22" x 22"-26" or two smaller panels with sashing in between.
You will want your finished quilt between 36-40" wide and 40-44" long. If your panel is 16"x24" you will need 10" each side to make 36" x 44"
36" – 16 = 20" / 2 = 10" 44" – 24" = 20" / 2 = 10"
This 10" border for each side can be two 5" borders or three 3-4" borders. All strips can be different or same, 1 long or pieced.
This is like a giant log cabin block with the center the focal fabric.
If you have a serger, this is a good place to use it, as ¼" seam allowances do not have to be accurate.
Sew strips to each side, then top and bottom. Repeat. When finished, PRESS. It is just nine or 13 pieces and very fast.
To assemble, lay batting down smooth, lay backing on top, face up. Put top face down and pin baste around edgges. Sew ¼" from edge of top all around leaving a 6" opening. Turn right side out and quilt by machine or tie. Close opening.
These instructions are compliments of Elaine Jansen of Sewright in Bayside.
Thank you, Elaine!
- Sewing Machine
- Walking Foot
- Machine quilting needle size 90
- Thread: 40wt. Cotton (Mettler / YLI var.)
- Rotary cutter / ruler / mat
- Batting: cotton or thin poly
- Scissor (Fiskars softouch micro-tip recommended)
FABRICS: Yarn dyed woven cottons or cotton flannels work best (homespun, flannel, madras). WASH or NOT? If there is any question of color running — WASH!
- Baby Quilt: 30" x 36" (5 x 6); 30 pair (60 total) 7" squares = 3 yards
- Lap Quilt: 42" x 54" (7 x 9); 63 pair (126 total) 7" squares = 5½ yards
To calculate the amount of different fabrics needed, divide the total yardage by the number of fabrics — i.e. baby quilt: 3 divided 6 = ½ yard of 6 different fabrics.
- Baby: cut 30 6" squares
- Lap: cut 63 6" squares
- Cut fabric into 7" squares
- Cut batting into 6" squares
- Sandwich batting between fabric
- Sew an "X" from corner to corner. This completes the block.
- Sew blocks together using a zig-zag stitch and a ½" seam, to desired size.
- When size is reached, in place of a binding, sew a zig-zag stitch ½" from raw edge around the entire quilt.
- Snip raw edges on seams and border 1/8" to ¼" apart.
- Take the completed quilt to the laundromat and wash and dry. It may take two washings to completely the edges to your sasisfaction.
We collect stuffed animals for the holidays to be distributed to shelters, etc. for children. Use any fabric you have to make the animals. We will collect the stuffed and sewn animals at the November and December meetings only. We cannot store these stuffed toys in any of our homes, so we will collect them as close to the holidays as possible. Eyes, nose and mouth can be either drawn on with a Pentel Pen or embroidered on the animal. No buttons, doll eyes, doll noses, please. If you have a piece of fabric left over that will make a nice stuffed toy for a child, please go ahead and make it — some child will just love it.
To download patterns (in .pdf format), click on the icon or link:
Happy / Sad
The finished size of the bag is 18" wide and 15" deep. A pocket on the outside is also a good idea. Use ½" seam allowance and double reinforcement. The handles finish to 6" (cut 12½"). Sew handles to the very edge of each side to hook onto the wheelchair handles. Any type of material can be used for this project. Material that is a little heavier would wear better. By doubling the length of the material, you will not have an extra seam.
We also have patterns to print (in .pdf format) for wheelchair pockets and walker pockets. Select which instructions you wish to view:
Knitted and Crocheted Preemie Caps
Select which instructions you wish to download. The instructions are in .pdf format.
Throughout the year quilts and other service projects are delivered to the following organizations by Empire Quilters.
- AmeriCares (AmeriCares.org)
- Beads of Courage (beadsofcourage.org)
- Bronx-Lebanon Special Care Center (Bronx-Leb.org)
- Harlem Hospital Neonatal Ward
- Hour Children (HourChildren.org)
- Jacob's Light Foundation (JacobsProgram.org)
- Metro Family Shelter
- Maternity Infant Care – Women's Health Services
- Mt. Sinai Child Health Program (MountSinai.org)
- National Center on Family Homelessness (FamilyHomelessness.org)
- New Era Veterans, (www.neweraveterans.com)
- New York Hospital of Queens (nyhq.org)
- New York State Veterans Home at St. Albans (nysvets.org)
- Norwalk Hospital, Norwalk, Connecticut (NorwalkHosp.org)
- Project Linus (ProjectLinus.org)
- Quilts for Kids (QuiltsForKids.org )
- Ronald McDonald Family Room (rmhc.org)
- Room to Grow (RoomToGrow.org)
- Sephardic Home for the Aged (SephardicHome.org)
- Soaring Words (SoaringWords.org)
- The Bridge to Life (TheBridgeToLife.org)
- The Fireman's Home (firemenshome.com)
The following charities have asked that we tell our guild members about their requests for quilts or other handmade items. If you are interested in participating in their efforts, please contact them directly at their web address.
- A Case for Smiles (conkerrcancer.org)
- Quilts of Valor (for wounded soldiers) (www.qovf.org)
- Marine Comfort Quilts (www.marinecomfortquilt.us)
VISIONS/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired has a quilting class for adults who are blind and visually impaired. They are looking for volunteer quilters to help expand their programming. If you or a friend would like to start a class or help with our current class, please call Melissa at (646) 486 - 4444, ext. 12. For more information about Visions, see their website: www.visionsvcb.org.
Their quilting classes are held on Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Visions at Selis Manor, 135 West 23rd Street.
Annual Service Reports
To see reports of service activities, and lists of donors for various years, see the following pages:
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