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Opreration Showers of Appreciation

Congratulations to everyone who participates in making and distributing our Philanthropy quilts and related items.  This morning, our Operation Showers of Appreciation was honored on Good Morning America.  We just found out.

See the video below from ABC Today, May 8. 2017 .   If you look closely, you’ll see our quilts covering the laundry baskets of goodies in the video.

April 2017


United Cerebral Palsy recognition click here

Click here for Jean Impey’s helpful binding video:

What We Do:

BCQG Philanthropy donates many quilts, baby blankets, pillowcases and other items to our community each month.  These items are donated to individuals in need, as well as a wide variety of organizations, including various shelters, child protection groups, Camp Pendleton baby showers, medical programs, etc.  Being involved in BCQG’s Philanthropy process is fun, easy and very rewarding.   A member can be involved by working on any stage of the quilt-making process.  One person might cut fabric for a quilt from our HUGE stash of fabric, while another might sew the top, back and binding.  Some do the quilting, while others enjoy sewing on the binding.  Members are welcome to do any, or all of the steps in making a quilt for Philanthropy.  See The Philanthropy Process.

 Philanthropy at Guild Meetings: 

A Philanthropy table is set up each month at our Guild meetings.  Members are welcome to pick up a “kit” (a pattern and pre-cut fabric for a quilt top, back and binding), which can be taken home to sew.  Finished tops, binding and backing are packaged with a piece of batting and are available to be picked up and taken home for quilting.  Items are not checked out and there is no set date for their return.  We only ask that upon completion, please return the project to Philanthropy.  Each finished quilt will be distributed to the perfect recipient of your loving gift.  Many quilts are turned in each month.  Please stop by the Philanthropy table to see all the beautiful quilts donated by our BCQG members.

Philanthropy Sewing Day: 

BCQG hosts a Philanthropy Sewing Day each month at the Laguna Niguel Public Library.  Meetings are held on the 1st Monday of each month (2nd Monday if the 1st Monday should fall on a holiday).  All are welcome to come for any amount of time between 10:30 AM and 4:00 PM.  One need not be a member of BCQG to attend.  Many beautiful quilts are generated from these fun get-togethers.  Some people bring their current Philanthropy project to work on.  Pre-cut “kits” (a pattern and fabric for a quilt top, back and binding) are available to pick up and sew.  Fabric and patterns are available to make your own Philanthropy “kit.”  Most people bring their sewing machines and supplies.  Those that do not bring their machines usually work on making “kits,” using our fabric, patterns and supplies.  Occasionally, we will designate a day as a “cutting day.”  On these days all are invited to bring their cutting supplies and we work on making “kits,” using Philanthropy fabric and patterns.  An email is sent out each month with information about what we might be working on for the upcoming Sewing Day.

Contacts:  For any questions about BCQG’s Philanthropy process, or if you would like to be on the mailing list for the Philanthropy Sewing Days, please contact any member of the Philanthropy Team:

Mary Ann Wahl: or (406)493-4853

Diana O’Connor: or (978)239-7830

Michelle Naas: or (650)576-3588

Debi Martin: or (949)230-2582

The Philanthropy Process 

Many members make and donate quilts they have created especially for Philanthropy, using their own stash.

Philanthropy has it’s own stash and will share it with all those wanting to use it to make a Philanthropy project.  The Philanthropy process for making a quilt from our stash works like this:

Step One:

*Fabric comes from donations and careful purchases made from the BCQG Philanthropy budget.

*“Kits” for quilts are made using several different, simple patterns.

*Each “kit” contains a pattern and fabric for a quilt top, back and binding.

*“Kits” are available at the Philanthropy table during each Guild meeting and at the monthly Philanthropy sewing days.  Members may pick up a “kit” to take home.  Please sew the top and prepare the binding and back.  If you like, you can finish the entire quilt.  Please return the finished “kit” or the finished quilt to the Philanthropy table at a Guild meeting or bring it to a Philanthropy sewing day.

Step Two:

*Each returned “kit” is checked to make sure that the back and the binding are assembled and that the back is big enough to be long-armed.

See Preparation for Quilting.

*Batting is cut for the quilt and bundled together with the top, back, binding.  These bundles can be picked up by members at the Philanthropy table during Guild meetings to take home and quilt, using their long-arms or domestic sewing machines.  Please return the finished quilt to the Philanthropy table at a Guild meeting or bring it to a Philanthropy sewing day.

Step Three

*The Philanthropy team makes sure each quilt is bound, labeled and ready for donation to someone in need.  All quilts turned in are shown at the Guild meeting each month, unless they have already been donated.

Click here for Jean Impey’s helpful binding video:

The Reward:

Many BCQG members give generously of their time, talents and stashes.  Our Philanthropy Process is truly amazing and so very rewarding to be a part of.