Preemie Quilt Program
Since the beginning of 1990 when we started the program, we have given well over 10,000 quilts, an average of over 500 quilts per year.
It was another bonus day for the Preemie Program at the February day/evening meetings. Fifty-four Preemies were donated at the day meeting, and eleven at the night meeting. They are all so beautiful. Really lovely designs and pretty exceptional quilting.
We were overwhelmed by the amount of quilts brought in, and were not prepared with the amount of batting that we needed. I did take names and numbers of the number of battings we owe you and will be bringing enough to the next meeting. We are going to have to buy another batt or two, if we want to keep this going. Please make sure that you come and take what we back ordered for you. You can also pick up labels to attach to the back of the quilt.
Don’t forget to ask us for a draw ticket for every finished quilt that you turn in. We draw a ticket for 100.00 at the last evening meeting in May.
Wendy will have more pattern copies of the cute little bunny quilt that was so popular at the last meeting. She will also have a new pattern and sample for the March meeting. They are 25 cents each and the book full of patterns is 2.50. We will have more books made up for March as well.
We have decided to give each new member this year a book of patterns, along with a page that will welcome new members, give the reasons why we are making them, along with “rules” for fabrics, threads and batting. We hope that this will inspire new members to join in the fun.
Chairperson - Wendy Whiting and Cathy Waddle
Evening - Marion Cardenas and Iris Zeller
What are Preemie Quilts?
These are small quilts which the Guild donates to the Special Care Nursery of the Children's & Women's Health Centre of BC, Vancouver BC.
The quilt accompanies the baby when it is time to leave the hospital. Sadly, some babies do not make it, but the parents get to keep their quilt - sometimes it is the only memento they have, and they are treasured.
Why do we make them?
The Guild is a non-profit association, and as such is required to meet certain conditions, one of which is to participate in a community or charity project. Some years ago the Guild chose to support the program for the NICU. This is not an option - it is an obligation.
Some 60 babies, on average pass through the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) each month, making a total of about 600 quilts needed per year. As we have often stressed, if every member of the Guild made just two quilts a year, it would bring us close to our commitment. We deliver to the hospital 12 months of the year, so need a bit of a "stash" to keep us going over the summer when we are not meeting.
Preemie Quilt Specifications
- Preemie quilts should be 36 inches square (approximately)
- They can be appliquéd or pieced by hand or machine in any pattern of your choice. There are some very nice cheater panels with very cute pictures on them that are suitable.
- Fabrics should be prewashed 100% cotton for the tops -- do not use fabric with glitter or harsh metallic threads.
- Backing must be prewashed flannelette.
- Batting can be polyester or cotton.
- Use 100% cotton thread
- Quilting can be done by hand or machine, but PLEASE put enough stitching on the quilt to hold it securely together. Use at least 1/4 inch seam allowances so the patchwork is going to stay together.
- Do not use any monofilament or metallic thread as it is too harsh for the fragile skin of the preemie babies. Also do not tie the quilts.
- A label is attached to the back of the quilt. These labels are available at the preemie table or you can create your own label. It must contain your name and the mailing address and email address of the Guild. The date is optional.
Remember -- These quilts do not have to be elaborate. A simple nine patch, or four patch quilt can be lovely!
March 24th, 2018, Saturday- Preemie Sewing Day
Speaking of fun, don’t forget to join us at the next Preemie Workshop on March 24, 2018. We meet at Kennedy Seniors Centre from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. This time bring anything you need for sewing our kits that we made up at the last workshop in January. Sewing machines, etc. Bring a pot luck lunch. Wendy and I will provide the coffee, tea and snacks. Maybe a door prize. Bring your own mug if you think of it. I’ll send an email to remind everyone a few days before.
Thank you again for all that you do. Your participation makes volunteering for this guild very rewarding. Cathy.
Our previous Preemie Workshop was very well attended. It is such a fun day and a lot of work gets done. We acomplished many kits for piecing and quilting. Thank you so much to all of you for making this such a successful program.
We will be running more preemie workshops in the coming year and will be letting you know the dates in following newsletters. Come out for a day or even an hour or two. Every little bit of time that you can contribute helps. It's a really good way to get to know each other and to learn from each other. We look forward to seeing you.
One Member – One Preemie Quilt Contest
We are going to change up the contest for next year. We will give everyone that brings in a preemie quilt a ticket to be eligible for the 100.00 draw. The artistry and beauty of each quilt deserves to be eligible and we don't want to narrow our focus anymore on one style. I hope that everyone agrees.
This year we will agin be selling a booklet of preemie patterns for just a toonie. There are 9 patterns in the booklet (including the Disappearing 9 Patch), and we plan on adding more by next year. Just stop by the Preemie Table and get yours.
Come and visit us at the Preemie table for ideas, patterns, encouragement and to look at the little quilts that have been donated that day. We would love to talk to you.