The Mississippi Valley Quilters Guild is operated entirely by volunteers. The Guild sponsors and participates in many projects that benefit the Quad City community. Members generously donate their time, talent and materials for the following groups. Click on the name of each group to read the details.
The Charity Quilts group meets monthly to cut, sew, bind and tie lap quilts, baby quilts, and bed quilts for local organizations. Many of Guild members work for this group at home, preparing tops, sewing on binding, and tying or quilting the quilt. During 2018 over 200 quilts were donated! Below are some examples of organizations who have received quilts over the years.
St. Anthony’s Care Center
In Touch Adult Day Care
The 180 Zone (men, women and children recovering from addiction)
Salvation Army Family Services
Various Fire Victims
Baby Quilt: 36” x 40”
Adult Day Care: 55” x 65”
Twin (the most common size given away): 63” x 87”
Double: 80” x 95”
Meetings are the second Thursday of the month at the Deere Wiman Carriage House.
Contact Paula Hardi for more information.
The Doll Quilt group meets monthly to cut and sew doll quilts. The doll quilts are donated to Head Start classes in December in the Quad Cities (both Illinois and Iowa). Guild members also work for this group at home or in sit and sew groups.
In 2018 the group made and donated approximately 785 doll quilts! This includes Iowa and Illinois Head Start programs, the Blackhawk Special Ed Center, Moline and some other title programs in Iowa.
Doll Quilt: 24” x 24” approximately (square or rectangle)
The Doll Quilt group gladly accepts donations of batting (large scrap ok) and good quality bright kid friendly fabric.
Meetings are the third Tuesday of the month at the Deere Wiman Carriage House.
Contact Margaret Paulos for more information.
The Mississippi Valley Quilters Guild makes and donates a bed quilt for each Habitat for Humanity house built in the Quad City area. Seven quilts were donated to six houses from September 2013 to August 2014.
The Quilt Guild meeting in February 2017 was used to make quilt blocks for the Habitat for Humanity project. Guild members also worked for this group at home, finishing the blocks and quilt tops. Several members donated completed quilts and quilt blocks.
Habitat for Humanity: 80” x 80” (+/- a couple of inches)
This group meets as needed.
Contact Jo Ann Pilgrim for more information.
Members of the Mississippi Valley Quilters Guild have sewn Quillows for patients at Hope Lodge in Iowa City since the fall of 2014. On May 15th, five members of the Guild visited Hope Lodge and finished sewing 18 Quillows which were accepted that day by Lodge Manager Lynn Johnson.
Traveling to Iowa City were Janet Zahrt, Quillows Chairperson, and her husband, Denny, who also sewed. They were joined by Wendy Rios, Nancy Jacobsen, Sharon Carstens, and Susie Goodley.
Hope Lodge serves adult cancer patients who are receiving treatment at any of three medical facilities in Iowa City. Patients and caregivers residing outside of a 40 mile radius of Iowa City are provided with a place to stay, kitchen, and laundry facilities free of charge during their treatments. People come from all across the two state area, the United States, and from around the world. In 2018, Hope Lodge in Iowa City ran at 91% capacity, providing 15,379 nights of lodging to 1,224 patients and their caregivers. Most receive a Quillow made by a MVQG member at some point during their stay.
Hope Lodge, however, provides more than the tangibles of a “home away from home”. In the words of Lynnell Havercamp (from Davenport and a friend of the author), who utilized their facility in December of 2018, “My stay at Hope Lodge was a reminder that I was not alone on my journey. I had the support of those I had just met as well as those behind-the-scenes individuals and groups I’d never meet. That gave me strength and courage.”
We make Quillows for unknown individuals. Our visit to Hope Lodge put some names and faces with our work; but more importantly, it validated our gifts of time, talent, and treasure as a “behind-the-scenes” group.
The MVQG annual budget does not financially support our Quillows group. Some proceeds from the Small Quilt auction held in conjunction with our Quilt Show, as well as grants and donations support all of the Quillows work. More volunteers are ALWAYS welcome to attend our monthly sewing meetings.
On June 12th, we will meet at 9:00 AM at the Davenport Masonic Center, 511 Veterans Memorial Parkway in Davenport. The coffee is always on, and lunch and camaraderie are provided. Please join us.
Quillow: WOF by 2 yards each side with 18″ square for pocket/pillow
The Quilts of Valor project is sponsored by The Quilts of Valor Foundation. The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.
This quilting group meets monthly to create quilts for veterans in the Quad City Area. Many of our members participate in this project at the Q of V monthly meeting, as well as sewing or quilting at home. Members with long-arm machines donate the quilting. Non-members of the MVQG are invited to attend and participate in this project.
In 2018, the Quilts of Valor group gave out 240 quilts with 2998 volunteer hours donated! In total so far our QOV has given out 1054 quilts. And there are 230 names so far on the 2019 list!
Pillowcases: Standard size
Quilts of Valor (please see http://www.qovf.org for further instructions)
60” x 80” (minimum 55” x 65”, and maximum 72” x 90”)
Quilts of Valor meets on the first Wednesday following the regular Guild Meeting at the First Baptist Church of Moline, 1901 29th St, Moline, IL 61265. Contact Terry Austin for more information.
2018 Sponsors: VN Vet Chap 669, SOAR Chap 11-4, Kerry Stoudt State Farm Ins., American Legion Post 569, Moline High 12 Club #88, Casey’s Gen Stores, Walmart, Modern Woodmen Retirees, Expressions in Threads (Fabric,) A Quilt Mine (Batting), Health Alliance Medicare, Jewel-Osco, Modern Woodmen, R.I. Community Funds, American Legion Post 246, Eriksen’s Chevy, Community Foundation Great River Bend, Scottish Rite Masonics, Scottish Rite Bodies
It has become a tradition at the Mississippi Valley Quilters Guild’s Great River Quilt Show to have a live auction of quilts. Quilts to be auctioned range in size from bed size to wall sized. There are also table runners and table toppers, as well as quilted purses, Christmas tree skirts, and other small items. All items have been made specifically for the auction and donated by MVQG members.
Proceeds from the 2018 auctions went to:
Winnie’s Place – A Women’s Shelter in Moline, IL- $1500
Quad City Quilts of Valor- $1128
MVQG Quillows– Sewn for patients at The American Cancer Society Hope Lodge in Iowa City- $400
The Quillows Group, sponsored by our guild, received $400.00. Shown at that presentation are Nancy Jacobsen and Janet Zahrt, Chairperson of the Quillow Q-Tees.
Winnie’s Place, sponsored by Churches United, was the recipient of $1500.00. Dawn Thompson, Quilt Show Chairperson, is shown presenting the check to Betsy Vanausdeln, Associate Director of Churches United. Also attending the presentation were Rev. Dr. Melvin L. Grimes, Executive Director of Churches United, Diana Engelbrecht, President of the MVQG, and Nancy Jacobsen, Chair of the Small Quilt Auction Committee.
Each year the MVQG chooses a local group to receive donations from our members. In the past we have supported the Riverbend Food Bank with donations of canned goods and packaged foods, collected winter coats for a clothing drive, and collected toiletries for a woman’s shelter.
The Mississippi Valley Quilters Guild current membership numbers approximately 300 women and men. In fiscal year 2017-18 our members volunteered approximately 4600 hours of their time to the guild and it’s programs, not including more than 4000 hours to organize and present the 2018 Great River Quilt Show.