Community Quilts' annual Report, Sept 2012-June 2013
Pat Comerford and Helen Cassidy retired this year after 7 years of dedicated service to the success of community quilts. During their tenure they continued the tradition of donating quilts to charities which began in 1997 by Rosa Dogan, Ruth Hack and Lee Venetis who initiated the program.
Pat and Helen established regular sewing bees for members to get together and sew the quilts for donation. They met at several locations including the East Fishkill Library, the Quilt Basket, the Quilted Bear Den and at the workshop of Elizabeth Kraayenbrink, a guild member.
Pat & Helen donated quilts to the Children’s Home in Poughkeepsie but the resident turnover became too frequent to continue supplying a quilt for each child. They then began making donations to the Astor Home in Rhinebeck supplying a quilt for each new child who enters the home for an extended stay. This effort continues to this day. One time donations were made to the Grace Smith House in Amenia and Cardinal Hayes Home in Millbrook as well. Most recently they began a program to make nap size quilts with those quilts being donated to Astor Head Start in Poughkeepsie and Rhinebeck and the Young Mothers Program at the Poughkeepsie Children’s Home.
During the years of their service over three hundred quilts were donated! Congratulations to them and a heartfelt appreciation for their efforts on behalf of the guild membership.
A new committee was formed in April 2013 with guild members Barbara Haymann-Diaz, Carol Herles, Dina Gleeson, Elizabeth Kraayenbrink and Ginny Fidler.
The new committee assembled quilt kits from tops previously made at the Bees or donated by guild members and unsewn pattern pieces already cut into fabric by Pat and Helen. The committee brought the kits to guild meetings for members to complete at home. The response on the part of the membership was incredible. At the end of May a total of 88 quilts were in various stages of piecing, quilting, binding or ready to give away with 3 tied quilts already donated to the homebound.
There were Bees in April at East Fishkill Library when 6 quilts were tied and in May at Elizabeth Kraayenbrink’s workshop. The Bees will continue throughout the summer months at the workshop.