Monday, October 5, 2015

Long-Distance Love from Jaimee

We received a message on Facebook from Jaimee M., letting us know that she is sending this batch of love from far away -
Three blankets and a quilt
Thank you, Jaimee, for caring and sending comfort to our hospital's patients from across the miles! We are grateful to you!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Fran and the Ginkgo Foundation

I received a comment on my personal blog a few weeks ago from Fran. She said,
"Nine ladies and I formed a small foundation 18 years ago. This month we made fleece blankets to donate to Katie's Comforter Guild. When my daughter was 11 - 12, she spent a year going back and forth to Seattle Children's and when I told her about Katie's Comforter Guild, she thought that was a terrific idea. I also purchased a copy of your book, 'Because of Katie'..." 
Fran and the other members of the Ginkgo Foundation are donating 18 fleece blankets to Katie's Comforters Guild. Here they are:
Thank you, Fran, and 
thank you, Ginkgo Foundation!

Monday, September 7, 2015

Quilts from Nana Dee

I received a note from Dee, who is a dedicated quilter affiliated with our friends, the Fearless Quilters of Rolling Bay. Dee doesn't live locally, however; she is a ferry ride and a bridge-crossing away, on the other side of Puget Sound and Lake Washington. She doesn't let that distance deter her, though; she supports our guild with her quilting. That is what I call dedication!

Here are Dee's latest creations, sure to delight the patients who receive them:
Dee called this one, "Bug Jars"
This is named "Charley Harper Birds"
Thank you for sharing your quilts with our guild, Nana Dee!
Katie's Comforters (and patients at Seattle Children's Hospital) are blessed by your time and talent!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Guild Association News

Seattle Children's Hospital's Guild Association has shared news with us which I want to pass along to you. 

Your gifts of time, talent and treasure make all the difference to patients and their families. 

The Uncompensated Care Activities and Achievements Report shows how your gifts make this impact. 

$120.5 million in medical costs were covered by uncompensated care in 2014, and guilds contributed $6,943,600 of that total!

The Guild Association Annual Report is up online for you information at

"Project Playtime" collects toys for the Child Life Department and Autism Center at the hospital. We welcome your participation in this project. The list of toys needed can be found here:
You may also donate funds, if you prefer.

Thanks for all you do for Katie's Comforters Guild and Seattle Children's Hospital!

Friday, August 28, 2015

A Stash of Fleece, Transformed

It's a thrill to share with you another story of fabric which is turned into comfort. You might recall this posting from January, 2015, in which a kind-hearted donor (Kim) offered and delivered to us her generous stash of polar fleece.

This week, I received a letter from our guild member, Bethany (of Yelm Middle School), telling me that she, her students and a colleague have turned that fleece into 12 blankets - and added two quilts to the mix. Bethany wrote:
...[I] delivered 12 fleece blankets and 2 quilts to Children's yesterday via my sister. The fleece blankets were made by YMS students and were a combination of fabric that you provided and also donated by Jen Nelson.  The greener quilt was made with some of the fabric you provided me...[please add] our gratitude to those who donated the fleece and fabric that made it possible to make the blankets.
 When you donate whatever you have - time, talent, treasure or materials - you become part of the "economy of grace" in which we operate. We'd love to have you join us! Kim's fleece and Bethany's community came together - though they haven't met - through Katie's Comforters Guild. Now, their gifts are on the way to comforting 12 patients at Seattle Children's Hospital!

Thank you, Kim, Bethany, Jen and 
Yelm Middle School students!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Pay It Forward

Last month, I received this bracelet from a friend, inscribed with the message:
...yesterday, I had the opportunity to do just that, for Katie's Comforters Guild.

For months, I have been storing many boxes of beautiful, donated fabric in our home for the Guild. It sits here, just waiting for quilters who need it. I love sharing the gifts which we receive with quilters, but there are often time lags between fabric donations and need for fabric. The "stash" became an impediment to the appropriate use of a room in our house, yet I had no place to give the fabric.

Then I thought of Sue H.; a few months ago, Sue told me that she had some quilting friends who might be interested in sewing for Katie's Comforters Guild. I emailed he,r and offered them the pick of all that we had here. Yesterday, Sue and three of her friends (two friends and one friend's dear granddaughter) came to the house to sort through the fabric, and it was like Christmas morning. The exclamations of joy, excitement and appreciation of the donors' taste was so much fun to witness, like watching kids open presents!

As these lovely ladies sorted the stash into color-coordinated piles, it gradually became apparent that they liked all of it...and they wanted to take all of it, to make quilts for Seattle Children's Hospital's patients. I am thrilled! No more boxes filling the room (just a basket of seasonal and holiday fabric leftover, along with a few quilt tops which need finishing); new friends and supporters of Katie's Comforters Guild, excited to start quilting, and beautiful materials - so lovingly donated - about to be turned into comfort for sick children. It reminds me of a fairy tale (Rumpelstiltskin), in which straw was turned into gold...I can hardly wait to see the treasures these women will make using this fabric!

We have received an offer of more fabric from a generous donor in the Bonney Lake area, so if you would like to join us in our mission, and would like to use free fabric to do so, please let me know! We can connect you with the donor.

Thank you, Sue, Dawn, Becky and Grace!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

A Generous Heart

Gregg and I stopped by to see Lucile this weekend. She continues to organize her home, organizing, sorting and accomplishing other important tasks which must be done after Noble's passing. We went for a visit, but Lucile's thoughtful generosity never stops; she handed us a bag of five new fleece blankets for Seattle Children's Hospital!

Thank you so much, Lucile!

Monday, August 3, 2015

Gratitude, To and From

Gratitude. It is a great thing to feel, acknowledge and receive. We feel it every day for our guild members and supporters, and we receive it from patients and their families.

I met with Ka and Rich this week, to take delivery of 3 large tubs full of cotton and flannel fabric.
If you or your quilting group need fabric to make quilts for Katie's Comforters Guild, we can supply it, thanks to Ka and Rich's generosity!

We also received the gift of a letter, written by the grandmother of two patients at Seattle Children's Hospital. She said:
"My daughter S. has been at Children's since May with her twin boys...with still weeks if not months before she can bring them home. Both born with many problems. But my daughter was given blankets for their beds that make [her] happy and the babies' beds colorful - so beautiful at such a stressful time. So on behalf of S. and I (Grandma) and the twins
Thank You so much for the happiness you gave her and her baby boys."
You and your precious family are very welcome, Grandma H.!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Lucile & Mickie: 28 New Blankets and Quilts

I went up north to visit Lucile this week. You may recall that her beloved husband, Noble, passed away recently. Lucile has been busy in her home, as well as organizing Noble's workshop. A family of raccoons had made made their nest in the workshop's attic, and had to be dealt with, but none of that stopped our Lucile from donating 10 new fleece blankets! She had them waiting by the front door for me. She is a woman to admire.  
Thank you, Lucile - we are grateful to you!

We received a note on facebook from our friend Michelle Farris, with photographs, letting us know that she and a group of quilters in Seattle and Lynden had made 18 gorgeous new quilts and delivered them to Seattle Children's Hospital for our guild. The photos below were taken by Michelle:

Note the awesome skateboard design in the middle photograph!

Thank you, Michelle, for continuing to inspire and organize quilting groups to wrap patients in comfort! We appreciate you!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Pieces By Polly: "I Spy" Quilt

We were tagged in a facebook posting by Polly of Pieces by Polly. She shared a photo of this super-fun "I Spy" quilt, with the following caption:
"It's been a while since I finished a quilt for Katie's Comforters at #SeattleChildrensHospital. Love to make #ispy #ispyswap quilts for them to give sick kiddos something entertaining. This one is headed out soon @karengberger Katie's Comforters Guild at Seattle Children's Hospital"
Thank you, Polly, for bringing so much comfort and  cheer to patients with your fabric artistry! Your creativity, originality, love and diligence always inspire us!