We deliver roughly 150 quilts and 125 scent cloths annually to UConn's Neonatal unit.
Members are encouraged to make a quilt each year that can be donated. They are used to cover the baby isolettes, helping to block out light and noise. The families then take the quilt home with them to enjoy for a lifetime.
KEEP THOSE BABY QUILTS COMING!!
Shari, our UConn contact, said they had eight sets of twins in October alone in 2022! The quilts are so appreciated by the staff and parents, and bring much comfort to adults and babies alike. The fabric choices, patterns, and quilting on the adorable, humorous, and sometimes funky quilts are delightful to see. Please stop by the neonatal table at our meetings to see what other members are making and pick up an optional design pattern made by our member, Sally. The quilts will put a smile on your face.
Remember, 40” x 40” is preferable, but any sizes close to that are accepted. The ‘Specially Handmade By Farmington Valley Quilters’ label is sewn on each quilt before delivering them. Our thanks to you all.
Neonatal quilt and scent cloth donations can be brought to meetings.
Holiday Drawstring Bag
These cloth bags are used by families who fill them with donated toys and other items which are then given to their hospitalized children. The Snowflake Shop, run by hospital and volunteer staffers, coordinates the gathering and distribution of these holiday gifts.
Bags can be made from holiday fabric, but it is not required. Solids, winter themes, juvenile patterns and scrappy fabrics are perfectly acceptable. Our 2022 goal is 150 bags with a delivery date of December 12.
The ABC, A Better Chance, program is a national, non-profit organization that gives promising minority students an opportunity to receive their high school education at an excellent suburban school. It is a residential program with the students living together in a house in Simsbury. Each student is also sponsored by a local family.
Farmington Valley Quilters' goal is to provide each boy who enters the program with a new handmade quilt. We started the ABC Quilt Project in 1997 and each year we have presented at least two students with quilts.