AQG Community Outreach Projects

Outreach Coordinators: Miki Burgnon, Judy Doyle and Lisa Murphy
Annapolis Quilt Guild members give extremely generously to the community by donating quilts and sewn or knitted items to organizations throughout the area. Below is a list of our Current Projects.

Light House Quilts – Twin Sized

Coordinator: Miki Burgnon
The guild meets the ongoing need for “a quilt on every bed” at this Annapolis organization that provides support and emergency/temporary housing for the homeless. As residents move on to more permanent housing, they often ask to take their quilts with them. So that the message of welcome and comfort is evident throughout the facility, quilts are also hung on walls throughout the building. The need is for twin sized quilts (65” x 85”) for adults.
In addition to Light House Quilts, we also donate to other causes, including the Fisher House at Walter Reed Medical Center.

Salvation Army Quilts and Bears

Coordinators: Events Chairs, Brenda MacQuilliam and Rebecca Musliner
Guild members make child sized quits to accompany teddy bears (distributed in the Fall) and dress them with hand-made or purchased outfits. They are presented to the Salvation Army at the December meeting and distributed to children over the holidays. 
Sewn Bear Clothing Patterns    Knitted Bear Clothing Patterns

Anne Arundel Medical Center

Coordinator: Louise Myrick
The guild supports the Medical Center with quilts and other hand-made items.

Infusion Center Quilts and Fleece Blankets for individuals undergoing chemotherapy. Recommended size: 42” X 52”.

Receiving Blankets, Baby Hats and “Mitts” for newborn babies are always needed. Flannel receiving blankets, either hemmed or serged (recommended size: 36” square). Hats can be knitted or crocheted in newborn or premature sizes. Mitts are made from cotton fabric and used to keep babies from scratching their faces. Knit Preemie Cap Instructions   Crochet Baby Hat Instructions   Baby Mittens Pattern & Instructions

Mastectomy Pillows are used to relieve pressure after surgery and the discomfort of seat belts. Ideal size is approximately 10” X 12”. They are made with any cotton fabric and stuffed with fiberfill.

Scarves are included in “Kits of Comfort” for mastectomy patients. They can be either knitted or crocheted – in any pattern.

Bears provide comfort to pediatric patients. Please note that very small children will be handling these bears. Bear Pattern  Cut 2 pattern pieces out of fleece, flannel, calico, or firm knit fabric. Sew right sides together with 1/4″ seams, leaving an opening for turning. Clip curves, turn, stuff and slip stitch opening. Tie a snug ribbon around the neck, knot & tie a bow. Embroider or use fabric pens to draw face.

Beads of Courage Bags

Coordinators: Judy Doyle and Lisa Murphy
Beads of Courage is a national organization that provides beads for seriously ill children as a way of recognizing the courage they show as they undergo medical treatments and procedures. They keep their beads in drawstring bags donated by sewers throughout the country. See www.beadsofcourage.org for more information. Kits for the bags are available at meetings. Return completed bags to the Community Outreach table at meetings or to Capital Vacuum and Sewing Center on Forest Drive in Annapolis. Beads of Courage Bag Instructions (revised 2017)

beads of courage bags

Quilts For Kids

Coordinator: Janet Hogan: 410-279-2851 or annapolisQFG@quiltsforkids.org
The Annapolis chapter of Quilts for Kids creates comfort quilts and pillow cases for children who are hospitalized or in need and donates them to organizations throughout Anne Arundel County. They also make quilted bags that are filled with gifts for children who are hospitalized over the holidays. The chapter holds regular workshops at the Bay Area Community Church. Find information at http://annapolisquiltsforkids.blogspot.com or Facebook. Quilts for Kids Patterns

Scraps For Scratches

Coordinator: Karen Middleton 
Scraps for Scratches is a program to benefit the Rude Ranch Animal Rescue Partnership. This non-profit is dedicated to the rescue, care and adoption of homeless animals in the Maryland and DC area. AQG members can recycle fabric and batting scraps left over from projects to make beds and crate liners, bandana collars, toys and trap covers for humane traps. 
Links: Dog & Cat Toy Instructions, Bandana Instructions, Trap Cover Sewing Pattern, Bed & Crate Liner Instructions

Other Outreach Opportunities

Members are welcome to put written information about other opportunities/needs on the Community Outreach table or make an announcement at a meeting. Members wishing to propose a new guild supported project, should contact the Community Outreach Chair.