Community Outreach



Charity Quilting


Our history of quilting for charity is stellar. Even before becoming a public charity, we made more than 170 quilts for flood victims in the Vernonia area. Last year we gave 150 quilts to various charities.


Marcia Elliott, co-chair, Charity Committee

Carolyn Drosd, co-chair, Charity Committee
Westside Quilters Guild supports at least three organized charities annually by making quilts for their causes. Charities are voted on annually. We currently have chosen:







CARES NW  
provides quilts and soft toys to children from infants to 18 years old who are being removed from their homes for a variety of reasons such as abuse, violence, or drugs in the home. Children get to choose their very own quilt before being placed in a more suitable environment such as foster care.
Linda, pressing a bright quilt for one of our charities.
Kaiser Permanente Hospital Chaplaincy
provides quilts to patients in Comfort Care, an end of life program with Kaiser.  Members make quilts in the 60"x 60" size up to twin size for adults and smaller quilts for children.
Becky, making one of many charity quilts.
Camp Erin
A camp for children who have lost a parent or sibling allows them to know others also grieving.  Twin size quilts for their bunk beds are made for them, and they may keep them.

Eiko and Nancy laying out a quilt
The charity sewing group, open to the public, meets at The Springs of Tanasbourne every 2nd Monday from 9am to 1pm.
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As many as five quilts are made available annually for donation to other tax exempt organizations for fundraising purposes. If your group would like to be considered, a written request to the guild will start the process.

WQG welcomes you to join us in our charitable quilting. If you would like more information or have any questions about our charity projects, please contact us at info@westsidequilters.org.

Education

We are available for presentations as well as hands-on activities to groups interested in learning about the evolution and art of quilting.  Our goal is to reach out to the community in the spirit of sharing the art of quilting.

Presentations currently available:
  • History of Quilting
  • The Quilt Barn Trail of Oregon's Washington County
 
Oregon Quilt Project members documenting quilts for the national database.  Feb. 2016
Mary Bywater Cross, OQP, Julie Mason, WQG, & treasurer Velma, OQP, receiving a $1000 check from WQG to the Oregon Quilt Project to help fund quilt documentation in Oregon in 2016 & 2017.

Making blocks at Hillsboro Saturday Market

Children are the focus of many of our available activities.  We have a unit on the history of quilts and have examples of quilts both old and new. 

The Washington County Museum is a partner for their “Family Days” activities for children as young as two. Children learn how to combine shapes and colors to put a quilt block together, actually make a fabric block, and take their project home.

We individualize our presentations based on the needs of the group with whom we’re working. A simple visual presentation is available for audiences of all kinds including youth, seniors, and the disabled, from novice to advanced quilters. We strive to engage a broader audience with the history and art of quilting. 


WQG has led educational activities at area events such as farmer's markets, community fairs, and concerts, hosted Quilt Documentation Days with the Oregon Quilt Project, taught quilting to the women of Adelante Mujeres in Cornelius, and curated an exhibit with Washington County Museum, Connections: Quilting 1930s and Today


Connections: Quilting 1930s and Today
Community Involvement


Winter Wonderland at Valley Art Association
in Forest Grove
WQG is active in community events. We  made quilts for the Hart Theatre's production of the play "Quilters" and held exhibits at galleries in both Forest Grove and Hillsboro. 



WQG annually works at the August North Plains Elephant Garlic Festival, and volunteers for other area groups as needed.