Vanessa Genier Kicks Off Our New Year

Quilts for Survivors founder, Vanessa Genier, will join TQG at our first meeting of the 2022-23 year! Join us on Zoom on Monday, September 12th at 7pm to hear about Vanessa’s start on Facebook to the nation-wide effort that it is today.

Vanessa has built a great group of stitchers and encouragers on Facebook but it’s easiest to find information about how to send your blocks, tops or quilts on the Quilts for Survivors website.

Quilts for Suvivors

Please renew or purchase your membership before the meeting!

Community Service Day, Nov. 13

In early fall, Monica Thompkins contacted some Norfolk long-term care homes to determine what items TQG could provide to benefit the residents. After a day of sewing fidget quilts in October, we are looking for lap, fidget and memory quilts.

On Saturday, November 13, from 9 am to 4 pm, we’ll be using the TQG Sit and Sew link to get together virtually to make quilts to fill this need in our community. There will be door prizes and we encourage you to drop in and take part for even part of the day!

The Thunder Bay Quilters’ guild has excellent links and information for community sewing projects on their website.  Here are some suggestions and requests to keep in mind as you plan and gather your supplies for Saturday.

Lap Quilts

  • About 40″ x 40″
  • Flannel backing is suggested to help avoid slipping

Fidget Quilts

  • About 20″ x 20″
  • 6 to 9 blocks with different things to fidget with, like zippers, buttons, elastic, textured fabrics, ribbons, fringe, rickrack, strapping
  • Batting is optional, but a stabilizer may be necessary to support heavy items
  • Flannel backing is suggested to help avoid slipping
  • Please do not to use any plastic, as that may not stand up in an industrial washing machine. 

Memory Quilts

  • About 40″ x 40″
  • Fabric blocks with illustrations of items that might spark a memory
  • Flannel backing is suggested to help avoid slipping

Add your sources for patterns or tips for these sort of quilts in the comments below!