One of the most fun and rewarding aspects of being a member of the Chino Valley Quilters is serving our community. The guild members do so by making Comfort Quilts and other useful items; stroke pillows, pet beds, cancer caps, pillow tote bags and etc. We provide these items free of charge to those in the community in need of a helping hand. Guild members create Comfort Quilts either by their own design or by using kits, which the comfort quilt committee members have put together. Our guild furnishes the blocks, batting and backing to be used in making up the kits. Members may select a kit or two to complete at home to be returned to the Comfort Quilt Committee. Our guild members have use of a long arm machine to quilt their comfort quilts.
Throughout the year, we hold Sew-Ins at our monthly meeting. Our Committee provides the materials and members tote their machines and supplies to sew as many Comfort Quilts as possible. If not completed, members are encouraged to take their quilts home and finish them to be turned in at the next month's meeting.
Much of the materials used in the kits is donated by the very generous people of our community. We thank everyone who donates and members that sew! Our program and the take-home kits it provides are a vital part of our ongoing effort to meet the need for Comfort Quilts in our community. The Chino Valley Quilters made and distributed quilts to these organizations and more:
* Chino Valley and Ash Fork school district
* Local animal shelters and rescue organizations
* Organizations supporting seniors
* Medical organizations supporting cancer and stroke victims
* Department of Economic Security
* Women's shelters
View a sampling of some of the beautiful blocks and quilts members have crafted and donated in our Quilt galleries.
Special Community Project: Sleeping Mats Made from "Plarn" (Plastic Yarn)
Marci Meyer talked about the Plarn (plastic bag yarn) sleeping mats (4 ft. x 6 ft.) which will be our community project for the next year. Members are encouraged to gather plastic bags as they shop since each mat is made from 400 bags. The bags are cut into 2" strips and connected end-to-end creating a ball of Plarn (think yarn ball). Wal-Mart at Gail Gardner will provide 40 large bags every month and Marci is contacting more stores.
Gloria Gillis suggested we contact assisted living facilities to see if the residents would be willing to help out by crocheting mats. Gloria will contact some facilities to see if this is a possibility.
During the break Marci demonstrated how to cut and fold the plastic bags, tie them together and form the large balls of Plarn that will be used to crochet mats. Afterwards, several members crafted the Plarn strips and balls while other members sewed on the Stand Down quilt tops.
It takes lots of time, so we are starting this project now. If you care to help, learn how to change your 2" strips of plastic bag material into sleeping mats by watching videos here. . ., here. . . or here. . .
Special Community Project: Arizona StandDown Program for Vets
In 2019, Chino Valley Quilters proudly worked with the Arizona Veterans Stand Down program. The program helps veterans who may be struggling with housing issues including homelessness.
They also provide a range of services, e.g., medical, dental, clothing and etc. The services are provided to them over a two day event in September.
Read more and view the StandDown comfort quilt pattern in our News & Happenings blog, here.
From the Arizona Veterans Stand Down Alliance:
OUR GOAL: To raise awareness of the issue of homelessness among veterans while teaching agencies how to collaborate throughout the year and end homelessness among veterans.
'Stand Down' is a military term that refers to the brief period of time given to a soldier to leave an active combat area in order to rest and regain strength before returning to battle.
A StandDown event or resource fair: is a community-based event in which organizations come together to provide annual one to three day events to serve veterans and their families who are at risk of or experiencing homelessness, and connecting them with critical supportive services to help them gain and maintain housing stability.
Want to help?
Donate fabric, thread or other sewing materials
Need to clear a path through the sewing room? No room left in the garage for the car? We'll gladly take your fabric scraps, thread, batting and other sewing supplies and put them to good use.
Chino Valley Quilters members create quilts for many community-support projects, often donating their own fabric and materials in addition to their time. Because there is ongoing need for Comfort Quilts and other donations, we always need materials. We also accept financial donations toward purchase of these supplies.
To donate, contact us by using our handy contact form.
Other ways to help: