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.
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
200 Doll Quilts is the Goal for 2022
Let's Get Busy
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: approximately 20" X 24" or 24" X 24"
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, over 200 Doll Quilts were completed in 2021.
Contact: Karen Dambacher
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.