Comfort Quilt Project

Comfort Quilts

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I hope you are all staying safe and healthy during these trying times.  What to do with all that time now that we are ordered to shelter in place until April 7th???  As quilters, I’m sure we all have an abundance of fabric that is begging to be used.  I know I do! This is a great time to make those quilts for Foster Kids of the Merrimack Valley.  It will not only fill our days but give us the opportunity to present them with an abundance of quilts next October.  Those kids sure could use them.  They are twin size quilts and don’t have to be fancy or difficult, just colorful and bright and filled with love. 

I know that this sense of giving will make us all feel a little better about our time in the house and give us the opportunity to do something with that time that makes a child’s life better. It’s a wonderful gift we have to share.  Thank you all for sharing with these wonderful children. 

Please feel free to share your quilts on our Facebook page so we can all see your beautiful creations!

Ronni Longwell

Comfort Quilts

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Thank you to everyone who donated a comfort quilt to support High Pointe House in Haverhill and Believe Anything and Everything is Possible – an organization to support patients undergoing chemotherapy.  We presented 68 beautiful quilts to two very grateful organizations.  You are ALL amazing and all the ladies accepting the quilts were overwhelmed by your generosity!!!!! 

A special thank you is just not enough for Bev Valle who made the Dragonfly Quilt for High Pointe House and Cathy Harnisch who quilted it – it was exquisite!  And it won Viewer’s Choice at our Show!!!  You 2 ladies have created more than a quilt, but memories for so many families for years to come.  Here is a photo of that quilt being presented at the meeting and we’ll have more photos from our photographers soon.

Our next organization will Foster Kids of the Merrimack Valley.  Larry Giordano, President of this organization, will be talking with us at the January meeting.  They are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to serving the needs of foster children in the Merrimack Valley including all of Greater Haverhill, Lawrence, Methuen, Andover, and North Andover.  They serve children from newborn to age 17 and tell me the greatest needs are with teenage boys so we will keep that in mind.  Watch the newsletter for more info as I have asked Larry’s wife Eileen for more specifics on quilt sizes, etc. prior to his visit in January.

Thank you all again for your kindness and generosity.  Quilters are just amazing people and we are an amazing Guild filled with so much talent and spirt it is mind boggling!


Thank You

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Thank you all for your donations of comfort quilts – they’re beautiful.

You can still bring them to the church to be added to the display for the show if they didn’t make it to the meeting.  Since the quilts will not be distributed until the October meeting, I can accept more.  

I have only collected about 30 so far, which gets split between two groups so not too many and not enough to cover all the hospice beds if I split the donations.  Please consider donating another quilt at the October meeting. It would be so appreciated.

Thank you for all you do. Ronni 

Dragonfly Quilt

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Do you recognize this quilt?  

Linda Miller, Clinical Director of the High Point Hospice House in Haverhill contacted MVQG because they received this quilt as a gift many years ago and use it for a special ceremony.  The quilt has become worn from use and washing.  They are looking for someone who would be willing to make a replacement quilt.  

Linda writes “The measurements are 7’4”x 6’10” with gradually rounding corners- with a dragon(fly) theme.”  “We do not need it before Christmas. We would prefer a dragon fly theme but something similar is ok.  We would prefer the same dimensions. We would be willing to pay for the quilt or even the materials. We would appreciate anything you can do to assist. Thank you.”

We are looking for a member or group of members that would be willing to take on this project.  If you are interested please contact me.  Thank you for volunteering!

Liz Swan, President


Vice President’s Message

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Last year members came through with 76 quilts for two organizations Community Crossroads and Liberty House. I would like to do the same this year. The first organization is Believe Anything and Everything is Possible which assists patients going through cancer treatment. They are looking for lap size quilts to use during treatment. It was recently brought to my attention that High Pointe House Hospice is in desperate need of lap size or twin size quilts. I would appreciate keeping these groups in your hearts and minds for comfort quilts this year. Ronnie Longwell will be taking care of comfort quilts for me.

Also, it is with great sadness that I have to resign as your Vice President. My husband applied for and accepted a job in Michigan so I will be moving after the first of the year. I have loved being a part of this guild from the first meeting when Liz Swan and Diane Desjardins made this new member feel welcome to becoming friends with so many.   New members can flourish with the help of established members and I am proof of that. I have been happy here and learned so much. My quilting skills have definitely improved. Having said all this the quilt show is a passion of mine and I would like to honor my commitment to work the 2019 show. Ann Hockmeyer is willing to be vice chair and assist Wenonah in my absence but I will come back in September.   I will miss you all.