Comfort Quilt Project

Comfort quilts for the Maris House

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Merrimack Valley Quilters, this is a quick reminder that I am collecting comfort quilts for the Maris House in Amesbury, MA now. Please bring your quilt(s) to the September meeting or directly to the Quilt Show. We are going to display them at the Quilt Show so I am hoping we have a nice collection that will show our community service efforts. The Maris House provides shelter and services for 30-35 women. They have agreed to accept any size quilt during this event.

Let me know if you have any questions and thank you so much.

Diane Kelley

A Thank You and A Request for pictures

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Hello all!  I hope everyone enjoyed the last meeting.  It was very hectic for me.  We had some technical difficulties that needed to be worked out.  One issue was, my camera did not have a battery in it.  Therefore, I do not have any pictures of the changing of the board, thanking Ann for her service, naming of Quilter of the Year and Show and Tell.  I would like to post some pictures to our Facebook page.  So, if you have pictures would you share them with me?  Please send them to me by email at  Or, if you prefer, and you use Dropbox, share your folder with me.  I would appreciate any and all pictures I can get.

I would like to say a public thank you to all who made this a memorable time for me.  Thank you, Ann Hockmeyer for being a great President and for the pin, bell and beautiful flowers.  Thank you, Nancy Dempsey, for naming me Quilter of the Year.  I was very surprised and humbled by it.  And the orchid is beautiful!  I really love it.  Thanks to Ann Hockmeyer, Betty Hastings and Marianne Karp for their hand in it.

Thank you to all members for electing me as President.  I look forward to your help and support in the coming year.  Thank you to the new Executive Board for stepping up.  I look forward to working with you.  Thank you to the 73 members who made quilts for Kulea.  I am truly overwhelmed by your generosity.  Finally, thank you to the Raffle Quilt committee for a beautiful quilt that, I hope, will make lots of money for the guild.  Can wait to quilt it!

Lots to be thankful for!  Enjoy your summer.  See you in September!

Liz Swan

Kulea Childcare Villages Comfort Quilts

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Thank you to everyone who is making a quilt for the Kulea Childcare Villages charity.  I have one more spot available for a member who is making a twin-size quilt to have it quilted by me for $20.00.  Click here for more information. If you are interested please contact me, Liz Swan, at or email at



COMFORT QUILT 2013 – 2014

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Our lottery winner for the comfort quilt, the Lazarus House, has expressed that they have many donated quilts and has suggested that “others” might be more in need. I took the liberty to research “other” organizations and speak with their representatives. I presented my findings to the board at the meeting last night.

The result of the vote was that Anne Marie House, 180 Lowell Rd., Hudson, NH will be our new designated recipient. They are a part of the national organization Family Promise. They have 26 units which serve as transitional housing for homeless families.

Information can be found at:

All sizes of quilts are welcome as they have all ages: crib to twin. I know that we will be generous – that is who we are – I challenge you to make both a child’s size and a twin for an adult. Most of these residents arrived with little or nothing to call their own. A simple quilt will be a treasure to give them lots of comfort.

Lin Caiado vp mvq


2013 – 2014 Comfort Quilts

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There will be a lottery at the September meeting to determine who will be our Comfort recipient this year.

Let me first apologize for my lateness in getting this posted. I haven’t transitioned from gardening to quilting mode quite yet.

Anyone wishing to submit a candidate can fill out a form at the meeting and place it in the lottery. Slips will be available at the sign in table. You will need the name of the non-profit organization, the address, the telephone number and a contact person if known. The organization must be local or a local chapter of a national non-profit. We will exclude last year’s recipients: Project Linus and Merrimack Valley Hospice for the purpose of this lottery.

If you will not be able to attend the September meeting, you can cast your “submission” by emailing me with the information before 4 PM on September 19th. I will fill out the lottery form for you.


“Lin” Caiado


Free Baby Quilt Pattern

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I was surfing the web this morning and found a cute pattern for a baby quilt.  Thought you all might like to see it.

Click here for the link.

Cathy H

Comfort Quilt Batting

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The guild has purchase a roll of Quilters Dream 70/30 batting to be used for our comfort quilt projects.  If you need batting for your comfort quilt,  please let me know what size you need.   I will cut a piece for you and bring it to the next meeting or you can pick it up at my home.


Cathy H