Quilts made by members of the Fort Worth Modern Quilt Guild (FWMQG), with their asymmetrical design, bold colors, negative space, and lack of borders, may not look much like “your grandma’s quilts.” But, in some respects, the guild’s quilts and charity works are VERY much like your grandma’s quilts: handmade with love by quilters who share that love with family, friends and their community.
In 2017, the FWMQG, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with 54 members, has chosen SafeHaven as a community charity partner. After talking with Barbara Reese, SafeHaven’s In-Kind Donations Coordinator, about donations needs, the guild’s members have begun making tote bags and nap mats for SafeHaven. Women will be able to use the sturdy and pretty tote bags for carrying their personal items during their stay at the shelter and beyond. The colorful and quilted nap mats will be used as a comfy, soft resting place for children in the childcare program.
In addition to SafeHaven, the guild’s community and charity partners have included:
- Cook Children’s Hospital: Last year, FWMQG sewed more than 150 pillowcases for young patients, and it continues this support of Cook’s.
- #Quilts for Peace: The guild continues its active involvement with Quilts for Peace. After the Dallas police shooting in July 2016, the FWMQG took a lead role in organizing this initiative, which quickly spread nationwide. FWMQG members participated in several sew-ins that brought together hundreds of quilters throughout DFW to sew blocks and complete blue heart-themed quilts to give to families of victims, first responders, the Dallas Police Department, and city officials.
- UNT Health Science Center Institute for Healthy Aging: In 2016, the guild raised more than $800 for UNTHSC through a raffle of the guild’s “Modern View of the Trinity River” quilt, which was designed, pieced, and quilted by members.
For more information about the Fort Worth Modern Quilt Guild, visit their website at fortworthmodernquiltguild.com. The guild also invites you to visit its booth at the North Texas Quilt Festival August 24-26 as part of the Original Sewing and Quilt Expo at the Arlington Convention Center: www.sewingexpo.com. The FWMQG will participate in a mini-quilt auction and sell raffle tickets for its “Cowtown Cosmos” quilt. Proceeds will benefit the guild’s special events programming.