In 2004, our members were issued a challenge to create the gift of quilts for charities or schools of their choice. In the past, individual members or small groups of members have donated lap quilts for the VA hospital as well as quilts for Harbour House, Simple House, Bethlehem House, and Urban Ministries. Numerous groups make baby quilts for St. Jo’s, St. Francis’ and Wesley’s Neo-natal clinics isolets and as artwork at the hospital. Many make or help make quilts for their church’s fundraisers; one member makes a quilt for every new baby born at her church. Another member is teaching quilting to the ladies and children of her neighborhood. A small bee teaches quilting at Victory in the Valley. Members make quilts to raise money at their children’s schools; and they make quilts to send to victims of catastrophes such as the earthquake in Turkey or the hurricane in the Bahamas. Likewise, we give quilts to the Red Cross and to injured soldiers who are not at the VA.
One member says, “When I make quilts for ‘charities’ or give my fabric away to be sent to the Hopi Indians or whatever, my dear quilt hubby asks me why I’m giving all my fabric away. I tell him I know I won’t get the project done for this person or that person I bought it for and I have ‘plenty of fabric’. He just laughs a very good-natured laugh and says, ‘Does that mean you don’t need any more fabric?’ Very funny.”
One of Prairie Quilt Guild’s important missions is to support education and foster greater understanding of quilt making and quilt history. Therefore, we have established an education grant program, available year round to teachers in all areas of study as well as to youth group leaders. The program benefits area schools and organizations such as 4-H, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girls and Boys Clubs, children’s homes, etc.
In the past recipients of grants have completed projects such as making a Kansas quilt incorporating state symbols; studying and researching “freedom quilts”; learning the basics of piecing and constructing a quilt; creating contemporary art quilts; making a class quilt, etc.
A PQG Education Grant can provide funding for the purchase of fabric and supplies for the selected project. The grant program is funded by the proceeds from the Miniature Quilt Auction held at our biennial Common Threads Quilt Show.
Download the Grant Application
Mail completed applications to the address provided on the application cover sheet.
The Mission for The Quilts of Valor Foundation and Quilts of Valor – Kansas Inc. is: To cover ALL combat service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor (QOV). Simply put, volunteers make heirloom quilts, created according to the requirements of the QOV Foundation, made with high quality cotton fabric, beautifully quilted by long-arm quilters and then presented to our combat military and veterans. The QOV Foundation has presented over 100,000 Quilts of Valor to military veterans over the past 10 years. QOV – Kansas Inc., based in Wichita, meets monthly to sew quilts; everyone is invited to help. Over 95% of the QOVs made locally are presented to Kansas military. Our goal for 2014 is to complete and present 275 Quilts of Valor. Your talents are needed as we and volunteers all over the country continue our Mission beyond 100,000! The Quilts of Valor Foundation and Quilts of Valor – Kansas Inc. are non-profit organizations established and operated in accordance with section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
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