Our Guild members love making quilts of all sizes and descriptions, but there is always a special joy in creating small quilts for babies. This project gives each of us an opportunity to create a lovely work on a smaller scale to share with little ones who might not have a special "blankie" without this program.
Individual members create quilts and bring them to meetings. They are then donated to the local hospital and other locations as the needs are found.
Quilts of Honor is a national project where quilters band together to create quilts for soldiers who have been wounded and are in hospitals here and abroad. Once man, whose job allowed him to tour the military hospitals, told of seeing these colorful quilts draped on beds and wheelchairs in all the wards. They were both a source of comfort and pride in an otherwise, unfamiliar place.
We have been told that when soldiers have a choice of quilt patterns, they will choose the patriotic ones first. For this reason, most of the ones we create are in "Stars and Stripes" patterns. It is important to us to say, "Thank You," to those who serve to protect us.
Each year the Dogwood Quilters Guild creates a large quilt as a group. A pattern is selected and volunteers each make a block for the quilt. The group assembles the blocks and make a boarder, then its complete! Working together is a fun way to work together and watch the quilt appear under our hands.
This project is open to the general public as a donation base drawing. They are given the opportunity to own the finished project when we draw the winner in the spring each year.
There are so many wonderful dogs and cats in shelters waiting to be adopted in sometimes, uncomfortable kennels. Our goal is to make their stay less difficult. We make little quilts for the animals to lay on and donate the beds, food, and toys to make their stay more cozy!
In times past, when spring came, the ladies of the community would hang their linens and quilts outside to "air" them out in order to get rid of winter mustiness. This became a wonderful opportunity to show off the beautiful things the ladies had created.
So it was, that when people requested to see the quilts that our members had created, it was decided to hold a bi-annual show to display our best works.
Retreats are held twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall. These scenic retreats allow members to concentrate on projects without the distractions of every day life. Here members have a chance to sew, eat, converse, and get to know each other. Honestly, you don't even have to change out of your pjs if you don't want to!!
It's a great experience to have many sewists to consult on the many projects we bring to the retreat!