Guild members have the opportunity to use their skills to benefit our community. Baby quilts are given to the Neonatal Intensive Care Units at Rockford Memorial and Swedish American Hospitals. Our quilts bring warmth and comfort to the newborns and their families. The hospital staff really appreciates how the quilts make the unit more cheerful. The quilts are delivered by our guild to the hospitals as they are requested.
To make a quilt you can use your own fabric or use a kit provided by the Guild. There is a Special Projects Table at the guild meeting for you to receive kits, batting, backing and labels and for you to turn in partially completed or totally completed quilts.
If you complete the quilt top, but would rather not quilt it, return it at the monthly meeting and someone will quilt it for you.
For kits or questions please contact Norma Copes.
Guidelines for making baby quilts:
- Ideal size is 46” x 56 ” (smaller quilts are accepted)
- Fabrics need to be 100% cotton, cotton blends or flannels
- Check you fabric it may need to be pre-washed to remove excess dyes, the hospitals wash all quilts before using
- Panels or “cheater” fabric are great to use
- Colorful, cozy and stitched with “love and care”
Once a year the Guild holds a “Sew-In” for making the neonatal quilts. Guild members can bring sewing machines, sewing kits, fabric etc., to make a baby quilt. Kits, fabric, batting and labels are also available for members to use. If members would rather not bring a sewing machine, there are many other ways you can participate; cutting, pressing making quilt sandwiches, sewing binding or labels.