Our Community Quilts are made by a group of caring women who come together to share an interest of sewing, learning and friendship. Many of these cosy and beautiful quilts are donated in our Community at a time of need.
In the year 2020 our quilts went to victims of accidents, fires in the Squamish Community, Squamish Hospice, Healthy Pregnancy Program, Teens in Crisis, the Public Health Nurse and individuals who required an extra hug in their lives. In 2020 our small group of quilters donated a total of 66 quilts to the agencies as listed above.
The Guild is grateful to accept donations of good quality cotton fabrics or other assistance from the Community to help defray the cost of making our quilts. We supply the batting and most of the fabric, but if members choose to use some of their own fabrics, the Guild is very grateful for their donation.
All sizes accepted, BUT these are the approximate preferred sizes
Baby: 36 x 36 “ or 36” x 40” (Machine quilt, ensure threads are clipped)
Children: Min 36” Max 52” (Cheerful, uplifting designs and colors)
LAP/Youth/Adult: Minimum 38” Max 60”
Our donated community quilts represent our Squamish Quilter’s Guild – our label is attached. When constructing a quilt for this purpose, we request you keep these sewing tips in mind:
Ensure fabric is colorproof
¼” seams throughout the construction. Steam press to ensure accuracy of seams (this can make a difference of a 1/16” which soon adds up in a completed item
Check your tension for a secure and tight stitch and clip threads – (especially important with baby quilts) – tiny toes and fingers catch in threads – no loops or loose ends. When sewing a seam, please ensure the seam is locked at both ends by one or two reversed stitches. This prevents a quilt unraveling the stitches in frequent washings.
Attaching the binding – use a width of 2 ¼” for binding – fold wrong side together –press
If finishing by hand, machine sew binding to front first, press binding towards the quilt edge, flip binding to the back and hand slip stitch.
If machine sewing binding completely, machine sew binding to back of quilt first, press binding towards the edge of the quilt. Flip binding to the front. On front of quilt, make an even stitch on edge of binding OR use a decorative stitch by machine around the front to catch binding edge – watch corners.
By using a width of 2 1/4” for binding and pressing binding after being sewn onto the quilt, you have a very tidy and tight binding.
Please sew labels on a back corner. Hand sewing preferred and sewn around all four sides to avoid a loop. Ensure quilt is fresh smelling and clean – otherwise give gentle rinse
Please put quilt in a clear plastic bag with NAME OF MEMBER, SIZE, and DATE
Whether you are a seasoned quilter or a relatively new sewer, it is timely to refresh and learn these techniques as we come together to construct and contribute quilts with hugs for others in our community.