VA Palliative Quilt Project

  • Project Description:  Making quilts for veterans in the OKC Veterans Administration Hospital, Palliative Care Unit.
  • Background: Veterans entering the Palliative Care Unit are awarded a quilt in a special ceremony. The need is great. If every veteran were to receive a quilt, they would need approximately five (5) quilts a week (approximately 250 per year). On average they receive about 35 quilts every six (6) months.
  • Challenge:  Each guild member to make at least two quilts this year to donate to the Palliative Care Unit. See Sew Days below!
    • Great use of stash.
    • Great way to try new techniques.
    • Great way to use extra blocks from a block of the month program. 
    • Tag team with a partner(s) to combine efforts to complete multiple quilts.
    • Participate in a Guild Drawing based upon # of Sew Days attended and completion of quilt by April meeting.
  • Quilt Specifications: The recommended size of the quilt is 44" x 66" because it is a convenient size for the hospital bed. The quilts can be any size, color, and/or style. Both men and women are in the unit, and they have a variety of ways of matching a quilt to a veteran.
  • Finished Quilts: Finished quilts may be given to Vicki Medlin or Tisha Bowen at guild meetings and they will arrange delivery.

Charity Sew Days!!!
(all Saturdays 11 AM - 6 PM)

  • January 19
  • January 26
  • February 2 – Official OKCMQG Charity Sew Day!  Look for information on activities to be held for this day.
  • February 9
  • February 16
  • February 23
  • Location:  Journey Quilt Co.  (Thank you Trish!!)16512 N. Penn, Edmond, OK 73012(in Fenwick Plaza next door to David’s Yarn)
  • Host(s): 
    Sarah Atlee is volunteering her time to host each of these Charity Sew Days. Tisha Bowen will co-host with Sarah on February 2.
  • Optional:  Any small cash donation to help cover utilities would be appreciated.
  • Bring food/snacks to share!
  • Shop is only open to OKCMQG members working on the VA quilts. The space can accommodate up to 18 people. As long as space is available, guild members may bring a “plus one”.
  • Equipment/Facilities Available:
    • 5-6 Juki sewing machines
    • 2 ironing stations
    • scissors, rotary cutters, thread, cutting mats
    • no design wall, but if you have a portable one, bring it
    • kitchen, restrooms
Materials Available
Guild Members may bring their own machines and materials or make use of: 
  • Copious scrap fabrics, both quilting cotton and jersey (t-shirts)
  • Scrap batting (can be fused together to make our 44x66” pieces)
  • Fabric and batting off the bolt available for purchase ($5/yard if used for a VA quilt)
  • No Minky and No Glitter
  • Longarm Quilting: Use of the longarm quilting machine is restricted to Journey employees. However, some of the Journey employees would like more longarm quilting practice. This is negotiable. The Journey longarm machine only likes Hobbs 80/20 batting, so if you plan to engage one of the Journey Girls for quilting services, plan ahead. (This is the batting Journey Quilt Co stocks).

Please RSVP to Sarah and Tisha by the Thursday prior to the Saturday you are attending: 

  • sarahatlee at gmail dot com
  • tisha dot bowen at gmail dot com
  • Date you are planning on attending
  • Whether or not you will be bringing your own machine, or will use the machines at Journey Quilt Co.

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