In 1993 RNQG presented five quilts and a wall hanging to the Shannon McCormack House (a lodging facility for cancer patients and their families associated with the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Brookline, MA). Since that time, the guild has provided quilts to several different charities.
Over the next six years, a guild member collected over 150 quilts for the ABC Quilt Project. Of these, more than 100 were made through a Guild Quilt Challenge.
In 1998 RNQG began to donate quilts to Project Linus. These quilts were given to hospitals and shelters in Norfolk County for infants and children in need of comfort.
In 2000 RNQG members began making quilted covers for isolettes. They also made tote bags and pillows for breast cancer patients.
In 2003, inspired by Victoria's Quilts, the guild began donating quilts to the cancer treatment center at Metro West Hospital in Framingham, MA, and through direct request, to women undergoing chemotherapy. The lap-sized quilts are made to keep the patient warm during treatment. Also in 2003, RNQG joined forces with the Unitarian Universalist Area Church First Parish (UUC) in Sherborn, MA, to host three Quilt-a-thons. This tradition continues.
In 2006, lap quilts for women undergoing chemotherapy and quilts destined for Project Linus were distributed through the The Power of the Quilt Project (PQP). Starting in 2006, guild members volunteered to sponsor Quilt-a-thons at the Keefe Community Center in Easton, MA as well as in Sherborn. At this time, strong incentive for increased quilt production was provided by the UUC when they offered to donate $5 per quilt for every quilt after the first 100 made during a 12-month period. The challenge was met, and in 2006 a total of 161 quilts were completed. Funds were used by the PQP to purchase additional quilt-making supplies.
In the 12 months ending June 2008, 228 quilts were produced by the PQP -- a new record!
In fall of 2008, a third site for Quilt-a-thons was added. Individuals interested in making Comfort Quilts may now join RNQG members at St. Mary's Church in Mansfield, MA.
ANYONE (guild member or not) may work at a Quilt-a-thon! Individuals who are not quilters or do not sew can assist with ironing and fabric cutting! Look at http://powerofthequilt.blogspot.com/ for a glimpse into the world of comfort-qulters. Click here for an easy quilt pattern that makes a lovely comfort quilt.