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.
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: 40” x 40”
Adult Day Care: 40” x 54”
Lap Quilt: 50” x 60”
Twin (the most common size given away): 63” x 87”
Double: 78” x 87”
Meetings are the second Thursday of the month at the Deere Wiman Carriage House.
Contact Donna and Garry Lanman 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 2014 the group made and donated approximately 770 doll quilts to Head Start.
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. No meetings in December or January. 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 2014 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 Carol Baldry for more information.
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. We donate approximately 15 to 20 quillows per month. All materials are provided.
Quillow: 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.
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 2014, quilters volunteered 1,100 hours and the Quilts of Valor group gave out 77 quilts. In 2015 our quilters logged 1786 labor hours and have made 191 quilts.
In 2016, the Quilts of Valor group gave out 214 quilts and logged 2836 hours.
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.
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. The total number of quilted items donated in 2014 was 68.
In total, our 2014 Small Quilt and Related Items Auction raised $1962.50 for our selected charities. Monetary proceeds from the auction in 2014 have been donated to Winnie’s Place (a shelter for battered women), Quilts of Valor and Habitat for Humanity Quilts.
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.
In 2015 MVQG is supporting the QC area Parish Nurses’ event for the homeless at The Center (a Safer Foundation site). MVQG is collecting motel size toiletries and gently used towels at the November and December meetings. In addition, monetary donations will be taken to offset the cost of bus tokens.
The Mississippi Valley Quilters Guild current membership numbers approximately 300 women and men. In fiscal year 2013-2014 our members volunteered 6659 hours of their time to the guild and it’s programs, including 3331 hours to organize and present the 2014 Quilt Show.