of San Diego
This is the second year that Canyon Quilters has made 40 quilts for abused and abandoned children in the San Diego foster care system. A local organization takes these children to a one-week camp that provides them a safe environment and treats them like royalty. Our quilts give them a special comfort from the cool nights and they keep them for additional comfort in their foster or group homes. http://royalfamilykids.org/california/
There are so many unclaimed animals in shelters that need soft comfy beds! We try to supply these beds to animal shelters in San Diego. Bring any of the following materials to the meeting:
These all go to a wonderful cause and are easy to donate!
Each year Canyon Quilters donates beautiful finished quilts to Veterans organizations. Some will be given to the women in the assisted living unit at the Chula Vista Veterans Home and some will be distributed to the hospice unit at the Veterans Hospital in La Jolla. Many of our members participate in all the steps of making these quilts – organizing the year’s efforts, cutting fabric, piecing and machine quilting. See the women at the Veterans table at our meetings to pick up a quilt to work on or get more information. The best quilt size for those being given to the veterans at the VA Hospital is 44 x 72. This becomes the “topper” for the veteran’s bed or is a good size to wrap around their shoulders. Any simple pattern done in cheerful 100% cotton fabrics will work well. The main thing is to say “Thank You” and make someone smile. Finished quilts may be turned in to Veterans at any Canyon Quilters meeting. Please attach a tag with the names of all who worked on the quilt and the finished size.
I absolutely believe in the power of giving back. My own experience about all the blessings I've had in my life is that the more I give away, the more that comes back. That is the way life works, and that is the way energy works. ---Ken Blanchard
Since 2003 our members have donated over 2,000 quilts for children and teens in need, and Veterans in the San Diego area. In 2011 we added help for area animals in need. Members are encouraged to contribute in various stages of quilt making. At our general meetings members can sit in place and do hand sewing of bindings or attaching labels to finished quilts. There are kits for quilt tops ready to pick up. Our biggest need is at the quilting stage. There are usually quilts that are ready to pick up with batting and backing already pinned, ready for your creative stitching. If you are a longarm quilter and need unpinned quilt tops just let the committee know how many you can help out with. Donations of fabric are appreciated especially in need are 1 1/2 yd - 2 yd cuts for backings.