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Community Outreach

Community Outreach questions can be submitted to Mary Whittaker.  Members can find her email on the roster, all other inquiries can be sent to our email address:

Community Outreach Committee
2017 Projects

Quilts for abused, neglected, and abandoned youth being served by the Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association, Inc. and The Juvenile Justice Center

Our year long project will be making quilts for the youth being served by the Legal Aid Society and The Juvenile Justice Center who are often neglected, abused, and abandoned.  Quilts will be twin size with a modern aesthetic and gender neutral color scheme.  These quilts will be an item of comfort that each youth can keep as they are often in foster homes and working through difficult situations.  The Legal Aid Society is currently serving 221 youth and our goal is to provide at least 100 quilts toward their need.  The Committee’s contact is Donna Haynes with the Legal Aid Society and we plan to have some of the youth visit the OMQG during our Sew Days. The Community Outreach Committee challenges each guild member to create at least one quilt for our 2017 project.

ShareBear United

Our community outreach sewing project is making handcrafted bears for children in hospitals as a token of comfort to help children cope with challenges they face in the hospital.  ShareBear United is a service project started in South Florida in 2006 serving Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, and Gainesville.  Jackie Babb, founder of ShareBear United and a medical student at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine has a goal of sewing 1000 bears by July. OMQG is helping Jackie and the UCF medical school students meet their goal by making these simple and sweet bears the focus of our Sew Days through July.  Look for teddy bear themed snacks and possibly UCF students at our Sew Days!

 The UCF Med School students gave us kits with the pattern already drawn on the fabric and the backing fabric so all we do is stitch and stuff!   Kits were passed out to members at our April meeting and more will be available at the April Maitland Sew Day.   Additional kits should be available at future meetings and sew days; we will plan to finish up this project by our July meeting.

If you didn't receive a kit and want to make a share bear, pattern and other information can be found at

Call for Blocks Subcommittee
Questions related to this subcommittee can be directed to Beth Schmidt.  Occasionally, there will be a call for blocks in response to a particular need in our local community or the quilting community at large.  Details will be posted on our blog and on this page.  You can also search the label Call for Blocks to see the pertinent posts.

Due by our June 2017 meeting:  12.5" unfinished blocks following this tutorial; blocks will be made into seven quilts for two Kissimmee families who lost their home in a fire.  Read more.

Quilts for Pulse

2016 Projects

Quilts for The House Next Door
Our year-long project will be making quilts for The House Next Door, a non-profit counseling center for children and teens who are victims of sexual abuse and other traumatic events. Quilts may range from lap size to twin size, with a minimum size of 48" by 60".  Sharleen would love to see at least one quilt from each member. All quilts will be collected and given at the same time to a representative from HND at a meeting at the end of the year. 

OMQG Projects for 2015

Pillow Cases for Army National Guard Battalion 
We will be making pillow cases for hundreds of soldiers heading out for their next deployment overseas. Kits will be available at Sew Days in November and December for you to whip up. Donations will be make to organizer of this challenge in January 2016.

Wheelchair Art Project
Click HERE for directions, sizes and reminders to complete your wheelchair art piece and/or oxygen tank cover. Review additional notes here along with image examples that you can view if you missed our May monthly guild meeting. You will find Margaret Loomis's contact information at the end of the instructions if you have any additional questions or concerns.

"Touchable" Quilts for Alzheimer's patients  
We will be collecting activity mats for Alzheimer patient this summer. Mats can vary in size and should have multiple sensory embellishments to them. For example, you can add buttons, ric rac, fuzzy and/or soft fabrics, zippers, pockets, etc to make them interesting and easily manipulated by hands that need to be kept busy. Click here for samples from our May meeting when this project was announced.

OMQG Projects for 2014

Orlando VA - Members may participate in a "quilt as you go" project, or make their own quilt.  Finished projects are due at the Feb 2015 meeting.  Finished quilts should be 48-50" wide and 60-70" long.  Quilts do not have to be red, white, and blue, although Linda will be making a sample quilt from the "quilt as you go" supplies provided.  Any modern quilt in masculine colors is acceptable.

Beta House - This year, we will be making baby blankets and bibs for the Beta House. Remember to have fun using bright colors and great designs for these new moms. You will need to wash all items before bringing them to Linda for her drop off in August. 

Festival of Trees Quilt - Each member is asked to make a 6.5 inch block that will be used in our tree-shaped quilt. Use on the fabrics given during the month of July. (If you want to participate but cannot attend the July Guild Meeting or Sew Days in Maitland/Dr. Phillips let us know so we can mail your fabrics to you.)
All blocks are due to Yanick by August 6th. They can be brought to our guild meeting, dropped off at Sew Day, or mailed directly to her.

Days for Girls - November Sew Days will include a demonstration on how to make the liners and shields needed for the DFG kits. Join Sharleen to learn more about this important charity organization and the work they do to provide help to young women in need. 

OMQG Projects for 2013

In case you missed the last meeting, we had a guest speaker from  Camp Boggy Creek (  They are a wonderful organization with many cabins that are decorated with lots and lots of quilts!  I challenged our group to make four quilts for the camp. We divided up by tables and each table has a different color, red, blue, yellow and green.  The quilts are to be 60 x 80 inches and should have thin batting or flannel.  This is going to be a great way to get to know each other, plus make beautiful quilts for a great organization.

Past Charity Projects:

Chevron blocks were used to make two fundraising quilts for the Camaraderie Foundation. They will be featured at an upcoming fund raising event at the Citrus Club in Orlando. During the summer Jodi will collect additional sampler blocks for a future quilt for this group. For these additional blocks please use any combination of white, red and/or blue to create 12.5 unfinished blocks of your choosing. 

The group also accepted Jodi's proposal that the guild members make small items such as potholders, oven mitts, place mats, mug rugs, and coasters for Habitat for Humanity. The items would be added to the small gift baskets that are presented to each new home owner involved with the local Habitat for Humanity. One suggestion was that items (optionally) could have house blocks used the making of the small items.  Another great suggestion was that we should consider making gifts in sets, for example a pair of potholders, 4 placemats, and a set of coasters. Items will be collected throughout the year at Guild meetings and they will be turned over to Habitat for Humanity about twice a year.  See our "Tutorials" page for links for a variety of potholders, and oven mitts.

Health Center of Windermere - 2010 Holiday Project - Members made and distributed 25 quilts as other handmade items to long-term residents who have little or no family.
Veteran's String Quilt - May 2011
Orlando VA Community Living CenteDecember, 2011
Residents were given a Christmas bag containing a quilt, and a pair of fuzzy, warm socks.  Four Wheelchair Quilts from Habitat Challenge blocks, and 31 other quilts were distributed to the residents. Members were able to visit briefly with some residents while giving the quilts out. The quilts were appreciated by all.