The Boundary Bay Quilters’ Guild charity baby quilt program provides members the opportunity to make quilts while at the same time giving back to our communities, to those in need. This program is administered by the Baby Quilt Committee. This committee also accepts baby hats, burp cloths, bibs and receiving blankets.
In 2021, our dedicated members donated:
191 baby quilts, 43 hats, 53 burp cloths, 17 bibs and 23 receiving blankets
Over 150 quilts are made annually by guild members which are delivered by the Baby Quilt Committee to the Rotary Women’s Association for inclusion in their baby layettes. These layettes are distributed by Vancouver Coastal and Fraser Health public health nurses to new moms on an “as needed” basis. The Rotary Womens’ Auxiliary has been providing this service for many decades and we are happy to be able to contribute to their success. The Auxiliary greatly appreciates the many beautiful quilts which have been made and have indicated that the women receiving them express great joy and emotion. They are very touched that someone took the time to make something so special for their newborn. During the COVID pandemic the Rotary Womens’ Auxiliary was forced to discontinue its layettes program, so the Guild sourced shelters, transition houses, a young parents program, and a Fraser Health program where it could continue to donate to the community.
Donated fabric is used to make up baby quilt kits (fabric, batting and pattern) for members to sign out and complete. Other members donate finished quilts made entirely from their own fabrics. The committee makes batting and backing available for members using their own fabric to make a baby quilt donation. Supplies are available at the guild meetings.
In order to have kits available for completion, kit making days are held periodically at which time members of the guild are invited to help cut fabric and assemble baby quilt kits. These events offer a great opportunity to meet other members and to contribute their time in helping with the ongoing operation and activities of the guild.
If you wish to make a charity baby quilt, view the guidelines that have been developed to ensure that the quilts are suitable for new born babies. Please come see us and we will be pleased to answer any questions you may have.
Please contact either Nora Melzer or Carol Haldane with any questions.