San Francisco Quilters Guild has a long history of sharing quilts with family, friends and the larger community. Community Outreach contributes quilts to California Pacific Medical Center Neonatal Intensive Care, Homeless Prenatal Program, Epiphany House for Families in Recovery. In the past we have made quilts for Laguna Honda Hospital, the Asian Women’s Shelter, Zen Hospice, and Raphael House.
Members make quilts in three general sizes. The charities have suggested these sizes, but any size quilt is welcome.
- Preemie quilts are at least 24" x 24" to 30" x 30"
- Crib quilts are approximately 36" x 45"
- Lap quilts 36" x 45" to 36" x 54"
- Twin bed sized quilts are 60" x 80"
We also make colorful pillowcases for U.C. Benioff Children’s Hospital. Here's a link to written instructions. And illustrated instructions.
Pre-made kits of fabric for quilts of all sizes and for pillowcases are available at guild meetings or they can be made from members’ own fabric. Many members finish UFOs for Community Outreach or donate orphan blocks to be made up into quilts.
One or two times a year a Saturday Sewcial is devoted to working on Community Outreach quilts. Our first Sewcial in 2014 produced 39 pillowcases after a lesson in the magic pillowcase technique in addition to finishing donated quilt tops. Members also bound one lap quilt, backed and quilted four quilt tops, and worked on completing other quilt tops.
Preemie quilts are our most satisfying project. A preemie quilt can be turned out in a couple of hours and have a big impact on the families of babies in the CPMC NICU (neonatal intensive care unit).
New ideas from Guild members are always welcome. Guild members love participating in worthwhile projects. For example:
Quilts for Freedom House
In 2013 Anna Chan invited Guild members to join with her, QuiltWorks, and members of her church to make 24 twin size quilts with matching pillowcases for Freedom House, a shelter for survivors of human trafficking. QuiltWorks provided volunteers, fabrics, batting, machine quilting, and the use of their work space.
Quilts for Orphans
In 2014 Maren Larsen asked the Guild to join her in making coverlets for a orphanage in Nicaragua. Her daughter, Heather, was working on a youth service project in Nicaragua refurbishing an orphanage and was distressed to learn that the children slept on bare mattresses – without pillows, sheets, or blankets. Maren and Heather invited Guild members to make enough brightly colored coverlets (quilts without batting) for all twenty-four orphans. Quilters came through and made thirty-two in a month!
Grateful parents express how much these donated quilts mean to the recipients.
“Your gift and the time spent on this quilt warmed up an otherwise traumatic experience. Thank you for your caring + generosity.” Signed Vince + Sabrina and Baby Colette
“Thank you so much for the Quilt. It was a rough week and I am so Happy to go home with an awesome keepsake.” Signed Rob, Reija + Baby.
“It [the quilt] is something our kids will have for the rest of their lives.”
“Thank you so much for the beautiful hand quilted orange alphabet quilt. It made my stay in the NICU manageable and I appreciate your thoughtfulness in making it. Because of your generosity, I’ll be mindful of paying it forward too!” Signed Isabel D.
Thank you for the lovely quilt! It’s so nice to bring a little piece of “love” from the hospital home with us!” sIGNED, Erica & Tim
“After such a trying couple of days in the NICU it was so wonderful to receive such a great gift” Love, Baby Archie
“Thank you for making the time to share your creations with us!” Love, Kim & David.
Photos below are some recent quilts for donation: