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.

We were just just blown away by the donations of 55 beautiful little quilts during the May day meeting and another 6 at the evening meeting. What a day! Thank you, thank you to everyone that has contributed to a bonus year of Preemie quilts for the B.C. Woman's NICU. Everyone of these little quilts is so much appreciated, but Wendy and I wanted to acknowledge two very prolific preemie quilters in our midst. Wendy Thomson and Ana Wilson. While we don't have exact numbers we do know that they have contributed so many over the past many years and we wonder if they ever sleep. Both of you ladies are a big reason that this program is so successful and we thank you.

Wendy and I attended the evening meeting on May 12th to draw for the 100.00 contest and Donna Stuart is the lucky winner. That should help with a shopping trip to her favourite quilt store. 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.

Wendy took 42 quilts to the NICU last week and we expect to be called within the the next few weeks to provide more. They are going through a huge building and expansion of the whole hospital, including the NICU and are limited as to how many they can store at a time. We are making smaller but more frequent trips to the hospital for now.

Chairperson - Wendy Whiting and Cathy Waddle
Evening - Marion Cardenas and Iris Zeller

What are Preemie Quilts?

Premie QuiltsThese 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?

Premie Quilts 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

Remember -- These quilts do not have to be elaborate. A simple nine patch, or four patch quilt can be lovely!

Preemie Workshops 2014/2015

November 22nd, Saturday - Preemie quilt class with the Preemie Committee

March 21st, 2015, Saturday

April 11th, 2015, Saturday

Our Preemie Workshop that was held on April 11th was very well attended with 19 members there. It is such a fun day but a lot of work gets done. We had over 60 kits ready for piecing and quilting. At the end of the day we had about 6 kits not taken so we brought them to the Tuesday meeting and they were gone by the end of the morning. 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.

For More Information

If you have any questions about the Preemie Quilt Program, please
Email Us

 

Preemie Workshops

Workshop Schedule

 

Labels for Preemie Quilts

Downloadable preemie labels in a word document that you can add your name to and print on fabric. For larger labels with our banner showing and 4 per page click here.

For a smaller label with 8 per page click here.

Sample of larger label (4 per page)

large preemie label

Sample of smaller label (8 per page)

smaller preemie label

 

Free Patterns

Disappearing 9 Patch

Wonky Stars

Wonky Stars & X Times 4

Stars & Boxes preemie

Sept - June 2010/11 Patience Corner block

Sept-.June 2009/10 Challenge block

Easy Preemie Quilt Pattern

Rail Fence Pattern

 

Thank you!

We would like to thank all of the generous members that bring us good quality cotton fabric, batting and flannelet.

We have limited resources so really appreciate every donation that we receive. You can be sure that it will turn up in a Preemie Quilt very shortly afterward.

 

Wendy Whiting

Wendy Whiting

Another stack of preemie quilts arriving at: Children's & Women's Health Centre of BC