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Carry & Cover Bags for Hospice

This project was approved by KQG Executive as a new Charity Project in March 2013.

Hospice Simcoe is a facility that provides for the needs of people in all of Simcoe County who are dying.  There is no cost to the families to use their services and they are a non-profit agency.  They asked for our Guild’s help to make two types of small bags.

Carry bags will be used by families to take their loved one’s belongings home.  These bags help to maintain the dignity of the person that has died.  As you can imagine, it is truly comforting for the family to be able to take the belongings of their loved one home in a bag created with love by our volunteers instead of a grocery store bag.

Whenever you have leftover fabric or a block or two left over after making a quilt, why not consider turning the fabric or block into a bag for Hospice Simcoe.  The bags can be any shape, colour or size.  Any size bag will be appreciated but 15″ x 16″ is recommended.  Usually the family has some night clothes, toiletries and perhaps a few photos to put into the bag, so they don’t need to be huge.

More recently Hospice Simcoe has asked for another type of bag to support their efforts to provide dignified care for people in their care.  In addition to the general carry bags described above, they could use catheter cover bags. This type of bag should be approximately 12 inches wide by 14” long, open at both ends with a drawstring at the top.

Please bring any bags you make to a Guild meeting and we will ensure that they are delivered to Hospice Simcoe.

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Charity Quilts

The KQG has had a long tradition of creating quilts for charitable causes.  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.  Brenda coordinated the effort for a number of years. After deciding on the quilt design and colours, guild members were asked to create a block to contribute to the charity quilt consistent with the theme and colour scheme that had been chosen and incorporating a coordinating fabric if given to the member.  When the donated quilt blocks were collected, they were assembled into a quilt top (or tops, if there were enough blocks donated to create additional quilts), batting and backing were added, the sandwich was quilted and bound ready to be shipped off to “The Quilt” project.  Further information about this project and pictures of the quilts created can be found in the document, “Guild History” in the Guild Docs tab on this website. We donated our first quilt to the project in 2001 and the last ones  were donated in 2008.  When the 2009 quilt was ready for donation , “The Quilt” project had been discontinued.

The 2009 main quilt was donated to RVH Auxiliary This quilt raised over $3000 as a raffle prize for the planned Cancer Care Centre at RVH.  The 2 smaller quilts made that year were given to Hospice Simcoe, one for a raffle and one for client use.  In addition to the RVH Auxiliary for several years, our charity quilts have been donated to such other charities as The Alzheimer’s Society, Samaritan House, Season’s Centre for Grieving Children, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Cope Service Dogs, Gilda’s Club, Redwood Park Communities and the Women and Children’s Shelter.