Baby Quilts

Meeting address: Salvation Army Citadel, 4030 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC, CANADA

The Victoria Quilters' Guild members volunteer to make baby quilts which are donated to Victoria General Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and to families who experience trauma during their pregnancy.

The Committee goal is at least 300 baby quilts each year, and with additional generous donations from members and non-members we have been able to give 350 to 450 and often more quilts each year.  The quilts mean a great deal to the families who are going through a trying time.  The quilts are often draped over the incubators to shield the babies' eyes from bright lights while they are in the ICU, and are a comfort to the families at a stressful time.

The money for making the baby quilts is provided through the guild's Community Comfort Quilt Society and, originates from the sale of raffle tickets at our biennial quilt show.  The Guild also receive donations of money or materials from members and non members.

Victoria Quilters' Guild Baby Quilt Committee Volunteers are:  Nan Beall-Fahlman, Sylvia Burghardt, Muriel Champagne, Rayne Garnsey, Barbara Horowitz, Lois Lockley, Anne Sanderson, Barb Strohbach, Bea Sinclair (Chairperson).

The Committee and the Guild would like to thank Coralie Wallace for her many years of dedicated service organizing quilts to be given  to the babies of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Victoria General Hospital.  We would also like to welcome Bea Sinclair as the new chairperson of the Baby Quilt Committee.

The Committee purchases batting and 100% cotton for the tops, backs and bindings of the quilts.  The materials are washed, checked for colour fastness, ironed, cut and assembled into kits for members to complete.  When the tops are returned they are bundled with batting, backing and binding, ready for quilting.  The finished quilts are checked for quality of workmanship,  labelled and delivered to the hospital.  The Committee is particular about workmanship because each quilt delivered represents The Guild, and should last through many washes and much use after  they have gone home with the family.

QUILT MANUFACTURE GUIDELINES

Since the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit seems to have more boys than girls, the Committee is making two quilts for boys to each quilt for a girl.

Baby quilt size:  32'' to 35” wide by 42” to 44” long.

Fabric:  100% cotton for the top, back and binding.  Print and colour should be appropriate for a baby.  Backing can be a good quality of cotton flannel.  Batting should be a good quality cotton or polyester quilt batting.

Workmanship:  Do not use old fashioned invisible thread as it can catch toes and fingers and scratch babies tender skin.  Cotton threads are good.  Quilting can be done by hand or machine.  If machine quilting be sure you have correct tension and secure stitching.  Loops in machine quilting from improper tension or from poor free motion stitching can catch fingers or toes.  Quilting lines should be fairly close approximately 3” apart, or the size of your clenched fist.  No buttons or embellishments which can come loose.

We are particular because we want the babies to be safe and have a quilt that lasts a long time.

If you make a quilt for us, we thank you, and bless you.

    For more information please contact: babyquilts@victoriaquiltersquild.org