Saturday June 10th 2017 EVQ along with Cascade Manor celebrated stuffing 10,000 bears watch this video here http://www.kezi.com/clip/13403454/video-teddy-bear-project.
Emerald Valley Quilters guild members serve their community in several ways, including:
We make many small quilts for children, as well as bed quilts for non-profit agencies. Most of these are distributed by the local “Comforts for Children” organization to Lane County agencies which deal with “at risk” children and adults.
We donate larger quilts to the Blankets of Love organization, who then gives them to patients in the Johnson Unit of Peace Health.
Additional donations go to Ronald McDonald house, Kids First, Bags of Love, Scar Jasper Mountain Safe House & the Eugene Mission.
We make stuffed toy bears for the Child Advocacy Center where counselors give a bear to each child client. Approximately 1700 bears have been made over the past five years. We also donate the bears to the Relief Nursery, Women’s Space, and WIN.
- We make tote bags for Children’s Services for children to carry their things in when being moved to foster care and to the Eugene Mission.
- We accept donations of fabrics and make kits which our members then make into quilts, bears, and book bags.
Teddy Bear Picnic
A monthly Saturday of sewing Teddy Bears for at-risk children. We meet at Cascade Manor
from 9:30-11:30 am on the Second Saturday of each month for sewing and chat.
900-1000 teddy bears a year are made with the cascade manor residents and distributed
throughout the year.
Guidelines for making Comfort Quilts for Children
Comforts for Children is a project organized in Lane County in 1991 to help meet the needs of local “at risk” children by providing them with the comforting gift of a small quilt. We serve ages birth to 17. Membership is open to any group or individual interested in making quilts or contributing time or supplies. Kits are available through the Campbell Senior Center or you can use these guidelines and your own fabric.
Size: Average size is 35″x 44″ but may vary up to Bunk size of 82″x 55″
Materials: Prewashed, high thread count, woven cotton. if possible. Cotton/poly woven blends, flannels or other soft woven’s are also welcome. Preferred batting is polyester 4 ounce, available in least expensive bulk form. Machine construction is stronger, will stand up to hard wear and tear, so is preferred to hand piecing. Children love bright, happy colors and patterns.
Construction: Any simple patchwork pattern, whole cloth, applique, machine quilted, or tied. If tied, tie at least every 4 inches. Machine quilt fairly closely for bunk sizes. The construction should be able to withstand frequent machine washings and hard wear and tear.
Problems we’ve encountered: too few ties, too short ties or too long ties, weak seams, unclipped threads
You are welcome to join us at Campbell Senior Center at 155 High St. in Eugene, Thursdays 10:00 am to 2:00 for work sessions or you may follow the guidelines above and deliver your quilt to Campbell Senior Center or to the Emerald Valley Quilter’s meetings on the third Wednesday of each month.
Recipient Agencies include: First Way, American Red Cross, Child Advocacy Center, First Place Family Center, Healthy Start, Looking Glass, McKenzie Willamette Hospital, Opportunity Center: Young Parent Program, Sacred Heart Hospital, Safe House, SCAR/Jasper Mountain Home, SCF (formerly CSD), Siuslaw Women’s Center, The Child Center, Victim Services Program, Willamette Family Treatment Services, Inc., Womanspace.