Busy Bees love to share our skills by making and giving quilts to those who need them. Listed below are the official charities that we support. Guidelines for each project are in the member handbook.
400 Doll Quilts is the Goal for 2021
Let's Get Busy
Members are invited to make small quilts to go on the lap of someone who may not be able to do much except "fidget". (Think Alzheimer's as Fidget Quilts go to Alzheimer's care facilities in our area.) They are especially valuable in these times of isolation and social distancing. Each completed Fidget Quilt earns the maker 25 points.
Fidget Quilt Guidelines:
Sizes: 18" to 24" wide by 24" to 30" long
Design: your choice
Materials: WASHABLE assorted textures -- may include flannel, fleece, Minke, fake fur, lace, eyelet, dotted swiss, corduroy, ultrasuede, upholstery, twill, etc. (Underline sheer fabrics.)
Backing / Batting: Non-slip, such as flannel or corduroy. Add lightweight batting with flannel backing, but no batting is needed with corduroy or similar weight backing.
Quilting: Machine or tied, enough for quilt to keep its shape.
1. A "Textures Only" fidget quilt may have pieces of ric-rac, lace, ribbon, or an applique patch added after assembly so the stitching adds to the quilting lines.
2. "Activity" fidget quilts have SECURELY ATTACHED buttons, beads, snaps, zipper, pocket, fringe, elastic, mini-toy, fringe, ruffles, etc. added to the textures of the quilt. Think safety in choosing fidgets; no pins, tie-tac backs, nothing you wouldn't let a 2-year-old play with.
Kits are available containing assorted textured materials, with or without activity fidgets.
Contact: Cathee Himel
As part of an ongoing commitment to our community, Busy Bee Quilters donates around 200 doll quilts each year to various local community service organizations. The quilts are matched up with dolls the organizations have received and are given to children in need throughout the year and especially in December. In doing this, we hope not only to give welcome cheer to a child in our community, but also to foster an appreciation for quilts in generations to come.
Doll Quilt Guidelines:
Size: 30" wide by 30" long
Pattern/Design: Your choice; often people use practice blocks or unfinished class projects
Material: Washable, good quality, so it will last
Batting: Thin, so it will fold around a doll nicely
Quilting: Your choice - hand, machine or tied
Doll quilts can be turned in throughout the year, or by the November meeting to the Coordinator. Because they are small and easy to maneuver on your sewing machine, doll quilts are great free motion quilting practice. Please remember to do your best work as you are representing Busy Bee Quilters. If every member would turn in just two quilts we would meet our goal. Twenty-five points are awarded per finished quilt.
Thanks to our Busy Bees, 406 Doll Quilts were completed in 2020.
Contact: Karen Dambacher
In 1998, Grace, niece of member Debbie Fortman, died at Harborview Medical Center at the age of four. The family was given a bereavement kit that included a quilt. The guild was touched by this kindness and chose to support various hospitals. The program was named Gracie Quilts in memoriam to little Grace in 1998. A number of things changed over the years but the guild efforts have remained the same by donating quilts on an ongoing basis throughout the year. We presently donate to Seattle Children's Hospital. This area is in much need, and the response from the quilts they have received from us has been, "overwhelmingly grateful".
Crib size: 36" x 45"
Lap size: 45" x 60"
Large lap size: 54" x 72"
Pattern: your choice
Material: Washable, cotton top, flannel backing
Batting: your choice
Quilting: your choice - hand or machine.
Contact: Pat Westover
Busy Bees enjoy supporting local food banks. In 2019, Busy Bees joined with a local food bank at our Bee-utiful Quilt Show. We also support the food bank with Thanksgiving and Christmas food drives.