Friday, October 24, 2014

A Visit to Lucile & Noble: 30 New Quilts & Fleece

On Monday, Mary (our fearless Vice President) and I took a little road trip across the Hood Canal Bridge to see Lucile and Noble. Lucile had made 30 new quilts and fleece blankets for Katie's Comforters Guild, and we had some lovely new fabric (donated by Kris via Cindy and David W.) to give to her.

Lucile & Noble gave Mary a tour of their cozy home, showcasing examples of Lucile's many talents in needlework and crafts. She has mastered embroidery, cross stitch and mixed media over the years.

Here is a photo showing some of her latest batch of quilts:
Upon returning to our hometown, I went straight over to Tracie's house (Tracie is a Seattle Children's Hospital R.N.), and she loaded all 30 quilts and blankets into her car. She delivered them that very evening on her way to her shift in the ICU. Tracie often provides this selfless service for our guild.

Thank you, Lucile & Noble,
and Tracie!
Your time and talent bring comfort and healing to patients and families at Seattle Children's Hospital, 
and we appreciate you!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

St. Olaf's Youth Group

On Sunday, I had the privilege of visiting St. Olaf's Catholic Church to make a presentation to the youth group. St. Olaf's is in Poulsbo, our hometown, and they have been supporting Katie's Comforters Guild for a few years now, making and donating warm fleece blankets for patients through the inspiration of one of their members: Briana. Briana is our one junior guild member - and we'd love to have more like her!

I made a tri-fold presentation board and mounted photo collage pages on it (mentioned in a previous posting). I included information about guild membership, as well as about Katie's endowment and the progress in cancer research and treatment since her passing. I brought Katie's own comforter with me so that they could see how much love a blanket gets in the hospital.
We took photos together, and then they got to work, making another batch of fleece blankets to donate.
Photos courtesy of Mary Ryan, with permission from St. Olaf's Youth Group
Photos courtesy of Mary Ryan, with permission from St. Olaf's Youth Group
Photos courtesy of Mary Ryan, with permission from St. Olaf's Youth Group
Photos courtesy of Mary Ryan, with permission from St. Olaf's Youth Group
Photos courtesy of Mary Ryan, with permission from St. Olaf's Youth Group
The finished product! Photos courtesy of Mary Ryan, with permission from St. Olaf's Youth Group
Thank you, 
St. Olaf's Youth Group and leadership! 
Your spirit of giving and 
your helping hands 
will bring great comfort to patients.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Thanks for a Gift from Patti

Our Vice President, Mary, recently received a donation to Katie's Comforters Guild from her friend, Patti: this soft, cheerful, beautifully-sewn quilt.
Look at those brightly-colored fabrics, and that adorable center square!
This precious gift will bring warmth and comfort to a patient and family.
Thank you, Patti!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Kris's Gifts via Cindy and David

On Saturday, we had the privilege of accepting a gift from two families who reached out in their own grief to bring comfort to others. This kind of gift is deeply honored, and we want to tell you about the donors.

Cindy contacted me a while ago about her talented and creative friend, Kris. Kris had a beautiful eye for design, and had a collection of fabric which reflected it. Sadly, Kris had a very advanced cancer; however, in her own time of need, she was thinking of others. She and Cindy sought a new home for her fabric, and in their search, they found Katie's Comforters Guild.

We hoped to meet one day to make the transfer of fabric, but Kris's health declined too rapidly to allow for that. She passed away a few weeks after our initial contact, and later, Cindy contacted me. On Saturday, Cindy and her husband, David, came to Poulsbo deliver the fabric to us.

We agreed to meet at Katie's memorial bench.
They brought two baskets and two boxes of gorgeous, vibrantly-colored fabric. Kris clearly had exquisite taste in fabric - and in friends.
If you would like to make a quilt (or quilts) for Katie's Comforters Guild to donate to patients at Seattle Children's Hospital, and are in need of new fabric, please leave a message for me here, or on our facebook page. It will be a privilege to work with Kris' stash and turn it into comfort for sick children!

Thank you, Cindy and David, and thank you, Alexa! 
Though we never met her, we honor Kris's memory, her generosity of spirit and her creative talents.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

A New Way to Share, Thanks to Kay

My blogging friend, Kay, recently posted about an app which she uses to make scrapbooking easy. If you know me well, you know that I gave up scrapbooking and never looked back. I do enjoy taking and looking at photos, but I got very tired of the "racket" that is the scrapbooking-accessory business, as well as the cost, mess and fuss of gathering, organizing and storing all of the accessories. Kay has found a solution to all of that!
It's an app called Project Life, and it is available for the iPhone and iPad (I think). {By the way, this is not a sponsored post.}
Using the app, I was able to make these pages right on my iPhone! Thay are going to come in handy when I make a presentation to a youth group about our guild, later this month. I printed the pages and will put them on a tri-fold display board. No need for a computer, power cords or slideshow presentation, and the group can borrow the board to share with their community, if they wish.
 Thank you, Kay, for the inspiration!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Fun Fall Fleece from Cami

We received a festive fall donation today from our friend, Camille: eight fleece blankets in warm colors and themes - and perfectly timed for the patients who are college football fans.
You can see that she took care to be scrupulously fair between the University of Washington Huskies and the Washington State University Cougars, donating two blankets featuring each team - in addition to themes that will be fun for younger children.
Thank you, Cami! 
Your donation will brighten the day of eight children and their families!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Katie's Comforters Guild is Now on Seattle Children's Hospital's Guild Webpage

Katie's Comforters Guild is now on the Seattle Children's Hospital webpage! I have been watching for this - now people can find us online when they are searching for a quilting/crafting guild, and/or one headquartered in Kitsap County. Although you can be a member of Katie's Comforters Guild no matter where you live, it's nice to see us represented in print online with other guilds which do their own wonderful work.

Click on THIS LINK and scroll down (guilds are listed alphabetically) to find us, and share with your community!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Thanks to Jaimee M.

We received an email from a friend of our guild named Jaimee M. She has made six more quilts and blankets for our guild and is going to send them to Seattle Children's Hospital. First, though, she kindly took photos and included them in her email.
Thank you, Jaimee!
Each one of these will bless a patient (and family) with comfort and warmth!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Gratitude for Support from Liberty Bay Books

We are blessed to have an independent, locally-owned bookstore in our town. Liberty Bay Books may be located in a small town, but it has a HUGE heart! The store hosts a knitting group which kindly supports Katie's Comforters Guild with their time and talent. Here is their latest donation:
four knitted and crocheted blankets in a variety of colors and textures, all warm and cozy.
Thank you, Suzanne Droppert and 
Liberty Bay Books Knitters!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Lucile and Noble Do it Again!

Our dear Guild members, Lucile and Noble Nilsen, have done it again, donating 21 new quilts and blankets recently donated.
 When she is short of satin blanket binding, Lucile makes her own - sometimes combining different coordinating colors for a completely original look.
These are the quilts - the rest are fleece blankets, which I was not able to photograph.

Thank you, Lucile and Noble!
Happy (belated) Birthday wishes to you, Noble!