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Community Outreach

Charity Quilting

Tying Charity quilts
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.

Westside Quilters Guild supports at least three charities annually by making quilts for their causes. For 2013-2014 we have chosen:

Angels Making a Difference 
a local group which supports cancer victims and works with Doernbecher Children's Hospital.

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.

Project Dragonfly
provides quilts to children who are entering foster care for the first time and to children who are in counseling. They are currently working with Kinship House in Portland.

Charity quilting at The Springs
We meet for charity quilting the 2nd Monday each month, 9am to 1pm. This group, open to the public, meets at The Springs of Tanasbourne. Google map 

At least three 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 charity@westsidequilters.org.

Education
 
The Education Committee’s goal is to reach out to the community in the spirit of sharing the art of quilting. We are available for presentations and hands-on activities to groups interested in learning about the evolution and art of quilting.

Making blocks at Hillsboro Saturday Market
Children are the focus of many of our activities. For several years we have presented a unit on the history of quilts, shown examples of quilts both old and new, and made a class quilt with an area high school.
 
We partner with the Washington County Museum for their “Family Days” activities with hands-on 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. Our committee strives to engage a broader audience with the history and art of quilting. Let us know if your group is interested in learning more at info@westsidequilters.org.

Community Involvement

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

 

Connections: Quilting 1930s and Today
WQG has led education 
activities at many area events such as: farmers markets, community fairs, and concerts, hosted a quilt documentation day  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. We bring the art of quilting to others wherever we can.

In addition to our Education and Charity commitments, WQG works at the North Plains annual August city fair, Garlic Fest Out West, and volunteers for other area groups as needed.