Community Outreach

A key part of the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild's mission statement is to "assist our community by creating quilts and other fabric projects for those in need."  We have demonstrated this through numerous projects over the years!

2021 - 2022 Projects:

 We are continuing with some small, one person projects until we are able to meet in groups to work on larger team projects. 

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Winnie Palmer Hospital serves over 1,400 pre-mature babies every year and over 50,000 babies have been successfully treated since the unit opened in 1975. The babies are placed in incubators and the hospital is in need of incubator covers.  These covers go on the outside of the isolete.  The back of the quilt needs to be dark and the front should be bright and colorful.

Incubator covers are quilts measuring approx. 48” x 66”, and are used to help the babies learn the difference between day and night. The bright lights of the NICU make this difficult. These covers will be sent home with each child as they are discharged from the NICU.

"Taggies" are a small (14 “x 14”) square of flannel with ribbon tabs on three sides.  It is used to help familiarize the baby with the parents’ scent. 
They are sent home with the parent and they sleep with them and return them to the NICU where they are placed inside of the isolete.

These two projects are very specific with certain design limitations, so please follow the instructions carefully. We will try to have a sample of the Taggie at the April and/or May meeting.

We are also working on pillowcases for the Orlando Union Rescue Mission. The OURM provides transitional housing for persons facing homelessness. The mission has a need for bedding and we are providing pillowcases.

For more information on all of these projects, see this post.

 

 

2020:  Baby Quilts for Foster Children
 
We currently have nearly 30 baby quilts to present to Summit Church.  We’re planning the final presentation for some time at the end of March. The final collection date will be March 15 at the March Sewing Studio Exchange day.  Quilts can be brought to the March 15 Exchange Day or set up delivery to Sharleen Jespersen or Sue Kenard.
 
Thank you for all of the beautiful quilts so far.  We will have photos of the entire group after the presentation. So far there are six completed quilts from the retreat baby blocks.  Thanks to everyone who made a block, completed a top or quilted them. It was truly a group effort.  I expect that we will have 10 completed matching retreat baby block quilts when we are done.

Baby quilt from retreat blocks 


2020:  Placemats for Meals on Wheels
 
Making placemats is a quick and easy way to clear out your stash or orphan blocks and fabric. Seniors First includes our placemats as part of birthday gifts delivered to their Meals on Wheels and other program clients.  Contact is Sue Kenard.



2020:  Drawstring bag for Foster Children

Another great stash buster for a good cause are the drawstring bags (takes about 1 yard of fabric) that are given to kids aging out of foster care who would otherwise use a large plastic garbage bag to carry their clothes and belongings.  Contact is Jan Bilbro.

2020:  Masks

As part of the early COVID activities, members of the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild made masks for area health care workers.



Annual projects include:


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2019
 

2018
 

2017
 



QuiltCon Charity Quilt

2020
               

2019
Read more about the process here



Past year projects include:

2019 - Zebra Coalition quilts - the Zebra Coalition supports LGBTQ+ youth, ages 18-24, who have been rejected by their families and are homeless.  They provide short-term housing, and quilts were donated to this important cause by Orlando MQG in 2019.

2018 - Samaritan Village quilts - Samaritan Village provides a safe place where sexually trafficked women can heal from trauma, recover from addiction, and reclaim their lives to become catalysts for change in their communities.  See Orlando MQG's donation quilts here.



2017:  Orange County Legal Aid Society quilts - providing quilts for young adults aging out of the foster care system.

2016-17:  Quilts for Pulse - Orlando MQG launched a charity drive that provided 1,785 quilts as part of the healing process for this tragic event.  See more information in this article written by Anne Sullivan and Anastasia Salter.