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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.

Charity Quilts

charity 2014 July project

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.

Pregnancy Resources
Women’s Choice
World Relief
Winnie’s Place
Human Resources
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
Various Benefits

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”

Pictured are some of the Charity Quilts made in 2018.

Meetings are the second Thursday of the month at the Deere Wiman Carriage House. Upcoming dates are:

Jan 10, 2019, Feb 14, 2019, Mar 14, 2019

Contact Paula Hardi for more information.

Doll Quilts


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.

Doll Quilts Jan 2015

Meetings are the third Tuesday of the month at the Deere Wiman Carriage House. No meeting in January. Upcoming dates are

Apr 16, 2019

Contact Margaret Paulos for more information.

Habitat for Humanity Quilts

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.

Quillow QTees

Quillow QTees meets monthly to sew a quillow for each cancer patient staying at Hope Lodge in Iowa City. Hope Lodge, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, provides free lodging for adult cancer patients receiving treatment at the University of Iowa Hospitals. Our hope is that the quillow comforts them in their journey to recovery. The Quillows group is sustained through donations and generous contributions from our members. In addition, the Masonic Center provides the space where we meet once a month to construct the quillows. We donate approximately 15 to 20 quillows per month. All materials are provided.

On December 5th, members of our Quillows group attended a dinner at the Masonic Center in Davenport. We were delighted to witness our Chairperson, Janet Zahrt, receive a $2000.00 grant from the Kaaba Shriners. Presenting the check was Shriner Jim Goetsch, who specifically asked that a portion of a gift to the Shriners from a fund at the Quad Cities Community Foundation, in his honor, be donated to our group. Pictured below with Janet and Jim are MVQG members Jane Skoglund, Sharon Carstens, Teresa Massa, Susie Goodley, and Nancy Jacobsen.

WOF by 2 yards each side with 18″ square for pocket/pillow

This group meets on the second Wednesday after the regular Guild meeting at the Davenport Masonic Center. Contact Janet Zahrt for more information.

Quilts of Valor

Q of V Feb 2015 completed quilt

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.

Q of V Feb 2015 sewing

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!

Standard size
Quilts of Valor (please see 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 

Quilt Show Small Quilt Auction

Small Quilt Auction Photo 2014

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.

Holiday Donations

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.

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