Charity Quilts and Outreach

QuiltCon 2017 Quilt


“When you stand against the crowd you become strong in yourself and don't have to 'shrink' away, making good choices help you become stronger and make a bigger impact.” There were six of us involved with making this quilt: Catherine,  Dawna (@dawnasquilts), Natalie (@natalieskinnerquilts), Netta (@mycolourqueue), Nicole (@handwroughtquilts), and Pam (@pam6076). Dawna designed it and did the calculations while Natalie co-ordinated our colours and fabrics. Five of us got together at a local quilt shop for one evening of sewing slab blocks and piecing HSTs with Dawna later assembling the quilt top. Catherine is an amazing longarmer in our guild who quilted this on both her longarm and her domestic machines, and she did a magnificent job of quilting it. She had given us five sketched ideas for the quilting but we were unanimous in our first choice. Natalie finished the quilt with blocking and binding. The finished quilt was shown at our November 17, 2016 guild meeting.

We had thought to call the quilt “Courage” and to have that quilted in the negative space, as that would give meaning/explanation and maybe have more impact for whomever ends up using the quilt.

Keep reading to find out where the quilt ended up!

Souper Bowl Quilt

Every year there is a gala fundraiser called "Souper Bowls of Hope" which benefits the Victoria Youth Empowerment Society and KEYS. We made and donated a lap size quilt (seen below) to be raffled off, as well as our QuiltCon "Courage" quilt and a quilt donated by a guild member. "Courage" and the donated quilt were auctioned off and raised $350 for the event. The Souperbowl quilt was presented to the event founder who gave it to "Helen's Place," the re-named youth drop in centre.  



Dawna (L) and Helen Hughes with our quilt.

We used the Kaffe Fassett bowl pattern.




Previous Quilts

In the early years of our guild we decided we wanted to make quilts for a social agency in our community of Greater Victoria. We determined that teens in Victoria are underserved by quilters. Since we are a guild with a younger demographic helping teens felt like a good match. 

We researched a number of agencies which help teens and after consulting with possible recipients, we announced that we would make quilts for all the beds at the Kiwanis Emergency Youth Shelter. Info about KEYS follows below.

In 2014-15 we made 12 twin size quilts for KEYS.



We continue to support KEYS with an annual collection of supplies and clothing for the teens.



Other outreach projects our members have contributed to include:


  • a single father and his children after a house fire
  • quilts for several Syrian families settled in Victoria
  • the annual Alzheimer's auction
  • Threshold Housing Society
  • Mito Quilts of Hope, raising awareness for Mitochondria Disease



Thanks to Lana for the pictures. Thanks to our members for donating fabric and time. Sawyer's Sewing Centre and The Red Barn Quilt Shop donated materials.








Kiwanis Emergency Youth Shelter


Program Information:

Kiwanis Emergency Youth Shelter (KEYS) is a 10 bed facility that provides emergency housing for youth (ages of 13-18) who are in crisis and have no safe housing alternatives. The program offers assistance 24 hours 7 days a week. KEYS is a dorm style residential setting offering up to a 7 night stay depending on the needs of the youth and their family/caregivers.
Services include three meals a day, access to showers and laundry facilities, free hygiene products (toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, razors etc) and clothing (socks, sleepwear, undergarments, seasonal wear, shoes, etc).
KEYS counsellors identify the immediate and short term needs of the youth and their families and assist them in accessing the appropriate resources to meet their needs to ensure safe and secure housing after their shelter stay. Counsellors respond to a wide range of crisis including, but not limited to, parent/teen conflict, mental health and addiction issues, protection concerns and homelessness.
KEYS also has an onsite Youth and Family Counsellors who provide longer term support and mediation to youth and their families. Youth and families are encouraged to participate and actively contribute to the reunification plan.