To carry out two of our missions, we hold a Children's Quilt Block Contest named in honor of one of our founders Edith Chamberlain. Young people from nursery school to high school learn to make blocks which may be used for quilts. We donate quilting books and magazine subscriptions to the local libraries, to increase the resources for burgeoning quilters. For our own skill advancement, we have classes and workshops taught by our more experienced members or sometimes by traveling teachers.
Our mission to Donate is where we really invest our hearts and souls. In 1986, we first started making quilts for David's House which is a low-cost temporary residence for the families of critically ill children being treated at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Hospital. We provide quilts for each child to take home as their own, and we also make bed quilts for the families' rooms at David's House. Currently, our productivity for this project alone is between 160 and 200 quilts and pillowcases a year.
Closer to home, we make quilts for the The Child Advocacy Center Carroll County; in addition to "comfort quilts" for local families who have suffered a fire, accidents or serious illness, and "cruiser quilts" which are carried by the local police and fire departments to give to children and some adults who have experienced some type of trauma.
If someone needs help, our response is a quilt! On an ad hoc basis, such quilts have been made for people all over the country: hurricane victims, our American wounded soldiers coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan, and flood victims. As they say, "A person under a quilt is covered with love."