Giving Back

Comfort Quilts

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Carmen and Marianne hard at work making comfort quilts.

TRY YOUR HAND! A comfort quilt can be an ideal
practice piece for hand quilting. Come give it a try in Studio C, or take a quilt home to work on. On a frame or in a hoop, or even in your lap — experience the zen of hand quilting.

The Etobicoke Quilters’ Guild is proud of its long-standing “Comfort Quilt” program, which began in 1989. Members create unique and beautiful quilts to be donated to charities. Each year we donate more than one hundred quilts to provide comfort to people of all ages in hospices and shelters across Metropolitan Toronto.

Organizations who receive Comfort Quilts:

  • 416 Community Support for Women
  • New Visions
  • Homes First
  • Beatrice House (YWCA)
  • Youth Without Shelter
  • The Parkdale Parent’s Primary Prevention Project
  • The Gatehouse
  • Four Villages Community Health Centre
  • Loft Community Services
  • The Salvation Army

Our efforts are appreciated and recognized as indicated by the excerpts from thank you notes from recipients of quilts at the Spring 2019 distribution.

“On behalf of the Four Villages Community Health Centre I want to thank you for your ongoing donations. Year after year you continue to surprise us with such beautiful quilts and afghans. Our families are often surprised that they are being handed such beautiful items. Each year we look forward to your donations as we work with so many families who struggle financially. We are so thankful to have such caring, committed and talented community members.”
Sandra Almeida
Director Programs and Community Initiatives
Edited by Joan Nault

“On behalf of the young residents of Youth Without Shelter, thank you for making a difference by donating 13 beautifully crafted quilts. The accomplishments of te extraordinary youth we serve remind u that with the right support , happy endings can result from even the bleakest beginnings. Thank you for your ongoing commitment to breaking the cycle of abuse, neglect and poverty which is the root of most youth homelessness.”
Jennifer Schnare
Director of Philanthropy and Engagement
Edited by Joan Nault

You can get involved by volunteering your time to work on Comfort Quilts during Open Studio days at Neilson Park Creative Centre or in your own sewing space:

  • Use EQG’s fabric, prepared by the Comfort Quilt program coordinators and  volunteers, to make a pieced quilt top
  • Machine quilt or hand tie a quilt that has been layered and pinned
  • Hand stitch binding to a finished quilt

Volunteers pick up their quilting “home work” packages at EQG’s monthly meetings.

EQG’s Comfort Quilt program is made possible by funds raised through the Quilt Fever raffles, and fabric donations by Northcott Silk Co Ltd., guild members and the local public.

Are your cupboards overflowing? We are always happy to receive donations of 100% cotton fabric, batting, sewing and embroidery thread, and yarn suitable for baby clothes, shawls and afghans.