Thursday, May 22, 2014

Katie's Comforters is Featured in Guild News!

Katie's Comforters Guild is featured in the latest issue of Seattle Children's Hospital's Guild News. You can read it by clicking here, and read the entire issue by following this link:

Thanks again to Auto Connections of Bellevue for choosing Katie's Comforters Guild as one of the recipients of their generous Charitable Giving Program!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

32 Gifts from Lucile & Noble

Lucile & Noble dropped off 32 new quilts and fleece blankets last week. Her creativity and work ethic never cease to amaze and inspire me!
Here is a sampling of the 32:
Lucile is experienced enough to be able to make her fabric cuts and seams straight and true, while setting her sense of color and joy free to make new creations, day after day, week after week, year after year. She has made THOUSANDS of quilts for charity in her 90+ years, yet she continues to come up with new combinations.
Thank you, Lucile & Noble!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Calling All Guild Members: Help Needed

We've received an invitation from Barbara Mann of Seattle Children's Hospital Guild Association to participate in the Seattle Children's Hospital Calendar all-guild fundraising event. Though our guild generally focuses on raising blankets rather than funds, this is an easy way to get involved and raise support for the hospital. To quote from her letter:
"Established in 1938, the Children's calendar is one of the hospital's longest standing fundraising projects. Sold by various merchants including Safeway and QFC, the calendar reminds our community of Children's vital role in providing expert medical care to children in our region. Last year over $55,000 was raised for Children's uncompensated care through calendar sales."
If any of you would like to help with calendar sales in our area to benefit the uncompensated care fund, please let me know!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Bethany's Beautiful Quilt

I received an exciting offer of help from a new member of our guild; Bethany wants to coordinate a fleece blanket-making project in her school, and we have been corresponding about that. In the meantime, she has made a gorgeous quilt which will be donated to Seattle Children's Hospital through Katie's Comforters Guild. Here is a photo of it:
Isn't it gorgeous? The colors and design will delight a patient of any age and either gender - what a great pattern!

You can find more of Bethany's beautiful handiwork here
and here 

Thank you, Bethany, and welcome to Katie's Comforters Guild - we are thrilled to have you as a member!

If any of you know someone who would enjoy being a member of our guild, please invite them to join! They can apply online, or I can send a paper application to fill out and send through the postal service. Annual dues are not expensive ($25 per year), and you have the option of designating which area of the hospital you would like to benefit with your dues. We offer junior memberships for young people, and discounted dues for senior citizens - both junior and senior membership dues are only $10/year!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Donations and the "Economy of Grace"

I often say that Katie's Comforters Guild operates on an "economy of Grace." This is evident when we hear from people "out of the blue," who decide to donate their stash of fabric, or gather a group to sew, or send a check to our guild to help us purchase supplies. I always love to see it happen, and it just did.

I received a request for help from a teacher who I've never met, who would like to have her class make blankets to donate through Katie's Comforters Guild. I asked our treasurer to check our bank balance, and it was a bit low. I was just wondering how to respond to the request, when a friend donated a check "out of the blue," for the exact amount I had hoped to send to the class. Thank you, Mary Kay, for being part of our economy of Grace! Because of her generosity, I was able to buy a gift card at a fabric store, which the class will turn into fleece blankets for Katie's Comforters Guild!

And again: our friend Cami just dropped off 11 beautiful fleece blankets for the guild to donate. Here they are:
There are 11 blankets made from 8 different patterns of fleece

Thank you, Cami! Your gift of cheerful, lightweight blankets is perfect for spring and summer hospital stays. The kids and their families will love them.