Community projects are a big part of the Kempenfelt Quilters' Guild. There is a long list of community causes that we have been contributing to and some of the projects are detailed here: The Quilt – this is a project started by Carol Miller of Stratford ON in 1999 as a fund raiser for breast cancer. Quilts from across Canada made by many guilds tour the country and then are sold by auction. In 2000 Brenda Wauchop attended a show at Casa Loma in Toronto at which quilts were auctioned to raise money for breast cancer research. It was decided this was a worthwhile activity for KQG. The first quilt in 20001 was made with pink 9-patch blocks 9 “ square. 50 squares were made for that first quilt. In 2002, the pattern, Log Cabin blocks set in Straight Furrows was used. It was noted that “The Quilt” project raised over $150,000 at auction of quilts. The pattern in 2003 was a hand imprint for a quilt called “Helping Hands”. The quilt in 2004 was a Periwinkle Pinwheel, 2005 an Autumn Split Rail which raised $975 when auctioned. The 2006 quilt was called Blooming Butterflies. A Five Patch Cross was made in 2007. The 2008 quilt was Knot in Chain in black and white. In 2009, a French Braid was made, but by the time it was ready The Quilt project had been discontinued in 2010. The queen size quilt made by the KQG was donated to RVH Auxiliary, with funds to go to the Cancer Care Centre at RVH. The 2 smaller quilts made from the braids that year were given Hospice Simcoe, one for a raffle and one for client use. Haiti Relief - Kempenfelt Quilters quickly responded to the Relief efforts in Haiti. Cuddle quilts were requested and we were able to supply 39 cuddle quilts.
RVH - Small Comfort Quilts -These special quilts are donated to Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie and are specifically for the at-risk premature babies in the Hospital. They encourage and support the development of the babies, travel with them to other hospitals when needed, and the families are delighted to take the quilts home when they are released from the hospital. So far this year we have donated 70 quilts – passing our goal of 50. This past year guild members have been meeting at a local church to design, piece and quilt these small Comfort Quilts.