Victoria Quilters’ Guild
Mailing Address: Suite #184, 1581-H Hillside Ave, Victoria, BC, Canada, V8T 2C1
Membership in VCCQS is automatic when becoming a member of VQG.
Funding is provided primarily through direct donations, and fund-raising efforts generated during the quilt show, which ordinarily takes place every two years.
Management of Funds is entrusted to an Executive committee of four people, elected for a term of two years to VCCQS.
Guidelines for obtaining funds for the Grant Program
The VCCQS provides, when funds permit, small grants to members of the Victoria Quilters’ Guild to show our support of their efforts in producing quilts and other fabric-related projects for charitable organizations recognized in our region.
Accredited charities are:
This has been the most unusual year. To start, our standby fundraiser Raffle could not occur, so as to not leave VCCQS with no funds, the Victoria Quilters Guild stepped in with a very generous donation of $5000.
$3,000 of this generous Guild donation was allocated to be issued for the subsidy of community quilt making. Thanks to the efficiency of the online Grant Application form on the Guild website the Grant program process has been successful. To date $2,550 has been issued for worthy causes like Welcome Quilts, Jeneece Place, Threshold Housing, the Cridge Place, Pandora House and the Mom and Babes group at Victoria General Hospital. All very worthy local causes.
While the Grant side was all online, Covid-19 prevented gatherings with no Baby Quilt committee work bees allowed. Work was done privately in members’ homes. Thanks to Kerry Deane-Cloutier for adding the flannel backing, to Anne Sanderson for cutting the batting and making bundles and to Lois Lockley for kit making and the addition of binding.
The flow of pickup and drop off of Baby Quilt kits and bundles stopped with cessation of Stitch Day. Thanks to Anne Sanderson for allowing her home to become our depot. In addition Bea Sinclair accepted the many generous Baby Quilt donations at her home. Co-ordinating with the Library at Shirley Westaway’s provided another access to kits or bundles. To date a total of 236 Baby Quilts have been delivered to NICU with the expectation that we will reach 300 by the end of 2021.
Happy news, with the finding of our new home at Emmanuel Baptist Church and a high percentage of Covid immunization is allowing the resumption of Stitch Day this month and meetings in the New Year, thus allowing the receipt and return of Baby Quilt kits and bundles to happily reoccur. So we’re looking at a brighter future for the sharing of Baby Quilt kits and bundles. Thanks to the many Guild members who have taken the effort to make Baby Quilts and to those who have provided quilts to charitable causes through the Grant program. Also, the expectation is to resume Baby Quilt committee gatherings to create kits in the New Year.
Membership in the Baby Quilt Committee did not change even through our inactivity. However, the Secretary position for VCCQS has been vacated and today Deb Swift will be nominated to assume this role.