The Quilt Works continues to be involved in a variety of charitable programs; we list the principle ones here, and invite you to participate. As you may have noted elsewhere on our web site, all of our First Friday Sew-Ins have devoted at least part of their efforts toward these projects.
• QUILTS FOR HOMELESS TEENS: The quilt in the picture on the right is one of more than two dozen lap quilts that we made for the Albuquerque Public Schools (APS) Title I Homeless Project for distribution to homeless APS students.
• QUILTS OF VALOR: These quilts are being given to active duty personnel wounded in Afghanistan and Iraq.
• ONE MILLION PILLOWCASE CHALLENGE: We have joined the American Patchwork & Quilting One Million Pillowcase Challenge. If you’d like to reduce your stash and make an impact in our community, this is a great project. Make pillowcases and donate them to your favorite charity. For more information about this Challenge, and to register your participation, go to the following web site: http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/millionpillowcases/. Alternatively, bring your pillowcases to the Shop; we will take care of distributing them and registering your participation.
• ZIACASES: The Community Fund of Southern NM and the Las Cruces Red Cross have joined to make Ziacases, pillowcases for NM National Guard members serving overseas. Trudi Pickett is the coordinator. When you bring your pillowcases to the Shop, we will take care of forwarding them to Trudi.
• BANANA COOLERS: With a Banana Cooler gently resting around your neck, life in the hot sun is a lot more endurable. We have made Banana Coolers both for our Armed Forces personnel serving overseas, and for the Albuquerque Rescue Mission. Here is a link to our pattern: Banana Cooler Pattern
• PILLOWCASES FOR THE SALVATION ARMY “TOY & JOY STORE”: We devoted our December 2010 First Friday Sew-In to making pillowcases for the Toy and Joy Store, and received many more pillowcases from customers who were unable to come to the Sew-In but wanted to participate. As of this date (14 Dec), we have donated 130 pillowcases to the Salvation Army! We expect to continue this very much appreciated project. If you have made pillowcases – especially with young children in mind – we will make sure that they are taken down as soon as we receive them.