PVQA’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic
PVQA has partnered with the South Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild (SBAMQG) to serve our community during the COVID-19 pandemic by making cloth masks for donation to organizations providing health care or other essential services. Click here to learn more about the PVQA Mask Project.
In addition to making masks, PVQA was asked by the Santa Cruz County Health Department to sew Isolation Gowns for them. They have asked for 150 gowns. Each gown uses about 4 yards of fabric… They are not form fitting garments! The County ordered and paid for the fabric which came to 600 yards of poly/cotton blend. They have also found a way to cut the fabric for us using a laser cutter normally used for sign making. Helen Klee and Lori Camner agreed to organize this new request. They have had about 35 + people sign up to sew the gowns.
Helen Klee and Lori Camner want to thank all that have been participants in our Isolation Gown project. They delivered 153 gowns to the County Health Dept. last month and they were thrilled.
The County Health has asked us for more and we are waiting for a go ahead, for phase two. Fabric and the cutting of the pattern are the two necessary components. Just ” on hold” while those decisions are made. Keep that machine ready to go. Pajaro Valley Quilt Association is on the front lines now, and we should all be proud of that.
PVQA’s Community Outreach Groups
PVQA members have busy hands and big hearts! PVQA sponsors three Community Outreach groups that provide cozy quilts to children and adults in need in our community. In addition to the three ‘official’ community outreach groups, several of the PVQA small quilt groups and members also provide quilts to those in need in our community. They make quilts from donated fabrics. Drop by for an hour or join them regularly – it’s rewarding and serves those most in need. Donations of clean cotton fabrics, battings, and backing-size pieces are always appreciated. Stop by, meet new friends, get involved!
PVQA’s Community Outreach Groups
Allstar Quilters meet the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Felton Fire Hall, 131 Kirby Street, Felton. Contact Brenda Cornell or Pat Huntsinger for more information. To date, they have donated over 1500 quilts to kids in need in our community through such organizations as CASA, Royal Kids Camp, Dominican Hospital, Pregnancy Resource Center, Salvation Army and Sienna House.
Join us on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, at the Agricultural History Project building at the Santa Cruz Fairgrounds in Watsonville (upstairs – enter thru the Museum). Contact Cathie Colson for more information. These quilts go to such worthy causes as CASA, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Halcyon House, Royal Kids’ Camp, and disabled American Veterans. Stop by and pick up a quilt kit to sew at home if you can’t spare a Wednesday.
Quilters for Hospice is an outreach group dedicated to the support of Hospice of Santa Cruz County, a non-profit agency providing compassionate end-of-life care and grief support services in our community. Everyone is invited to join in making quilts at group meetings or on their own. Meetings are the second and fourth Thursday of each month. Contact Kristie Shulman or Jaimie Chism for details.
Other Groups Making Quilts for our Community
Sew Little Timers
Sew Little Timers Members, PVQA members, and their moms make quilts for Foster children being adopted in Santa Cruz County, ranging in size from lap to full.
We request attractive, well-made quilts, appropriate for boys or girls. If you wish to donate a quilt, email Karen Gonzalez for more information. Please only use good quality fabrics, good workmanship and a pleasing design.
Although this isn’t an official group, many guild members are involved in making lap quilts for disabled and recovering vets. The quilts are collected and taken to VA hospitals in Palo Alto and Menlo Park. Minimum size is 36″x48″, lightly quilted or tied and soft enough to drape. A patriotic theme is nice but by no means necessary. We request attractive, well-made quilts, appropriate for either gender. If you wish to donate a quilt, email Sandy Helin for more information. Please respect and honor the men and women who are recipients of your quilts with good fabric, good workmanship and a pleasing design.
The Quilts of Valor Foundation (QOVF) is a national movement making heirloom quality quilts to honor those who have served our Nation in foreign conflict. Members of PVQA have been working on this project for several years and welcome everyone to join in. Meetings are the first and third Friday of the month. Contact Sue Lovelace for details.