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.
You are challenged to make a small quilt to go on the lap of someone who may not be able to do anything except fidget (think Alzeimer's). These quilts will be donated to Busy Bees Quilt Guild, not returned to the makers. You will earn 25 points for your donation.
Participants will have until the April 18, 2019, daytime meeting to complete their fidget quilts. All members will
vote on all entries in three categories: "brightest /most colorful", "most original /creative", and "personal
favorite". There will also be a "best use of provided materials".
Cathee Himel will provide each challenge participant with a plastic bag of fidget materials and a stack of squares
of assorted textures. These packs will be as similar as possible, but not identical. For example, one bag might
have a 6" red zipper and assorted colors of beads and buttons; the next bag might have a 12" black zipper, green and yellow beads, and metal buttons. You may substitute or add to provided materials, but must use at least 8 items from the fidget bag and 8 different textures in your challenge fidget quilt. Fidget quilts should be 18" to 24" wide by 24" to 30" long; very thin batting if lined with flannel, no batting if lined with corduroy or similar nonslippery material. Think safety in choosing additional material -- no pins or tie-tack backs, nothing you wouldn't let a 2-year-old play with. We'll see how many participants we have by November, and then may let you have a second kit if desired.
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 at Christmas time. 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: 18" wide by 22" to 24" 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 (for Christmas time) 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.
At Thanksgiving and Christmas time, Busy Bees are generous in donating food to local food banks. In 2013, Jello and green beans were the donation requested by the food bank and Busy Bees met and exceeded our goals.
In 1998, Grace, niece of member Debbbie 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 are 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 or fleece backing
Batting: your choice (if fleece backed, no batting required)
Quilting: your choice - hand or machine. For fleece backing you may tie with cotton perle thread.