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Quilting Guilds are groups of quilters (typically in one local or regional area) who get together on a regular basis to share their love of quilting. Guilds and guild members help to preserve the history of quilting, teach new skills or techniques, share ideas and resources with each other, receive discounts on fabrics and supplies from local shops, create a fellowship, engage in many wonderful charitable and philanthropic projects, and support each other as friends and fellow quilting enthusiasts regardless of age, or experience.

Guilds are typically run by amazing volunteers who want to share their love of Quilting, as such Guilds do not have large budgets for advertising or promotions. To help support these incredible groups we have started a free directory of local Quilting Guilds where quilters can find and connect with groups in their areas or connect with other guilds when they are travelling – the Guild community always welcomes visitors.   We are starting our new resource and directory of Guilds with Canada and will be expanding the list to include the United States in the next month.

To access the great new directory and find a Quilt Guild in your area please visit:
http://www.lapelstick.com/quilting-guilds

If you run a Quilting Guild and would like to be added to our directory please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. There is no charge or fee to be listed on the Guild directory, it is a complimentary service available to all guilds.

 

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Kozy Kovers For Kids – helping children in need one blanket at a time

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Kozy Kovers For Kids – helping children in need one blanket at a time

The quilting and sewing communities are made up of an incredible diversity of people – women and men of all ages and all demographics – in addition to sharing a passion for their crafts they seem to have one remarkable thing in common: the desire to help people in need and to make a difference.  At Lapel Stick we have been very honored to get to know many charities run by these incredible people and wanted to start a regular column in our blog to share their stories and the amazing gifts they give to so many people. Our first feature group is Kozy Kovers in Delaware.

Robin Agar started Kozy Kovers for Kids in January of 2010. The program began when a volunteer at another charity run by Robin - Delaware Head Huggers - asked if Delaware had a program that provided blankets to foster children. Robin was intrigued and started researching but wasn’t able to find anything either locally or at a national level. Seeing a need and a chance to make difference Robin launched Kozy Kovers for Kids.

Kozy Kover blankets go to children in crisis and in foster care. Blankets are given to agencies who in turn give the children a blanket that suits them, many of the blankets have also gone directly to the State Police to take with them on domestic calls to comfort children dealing with trauma, and many more have gone to local Emergency Rooms to have on hand for children who come in suffering from abuse or neglect.

“I run this out of my home and the Delaware public libraries have helped to arrange several drop off sites, many people mail blankets directly to me as well. Every blanket gets a tag that states that it is a hug from the people at Kozy Kovers for Kids and the people caring for the children say that the blankets really makes a difference to each child that receives one.” Robin Agar

Since the program launched in 2010 they have collected and distributed over 700 blankets for children but there are still many more children in need. The program accepts all types of handmade blankets: knit, crochet, quilted, sewn, tied fleece - the only guidelines are that it must be new and handmade and it must be machine wash and dry. People can help by making blankets, by donating for postage costs and tags and just by giving moral support. People can send blankets by mail or if they are local they can drop them off at an approved drop off location, donate via Paypal, or follow along on Facebook.

In addition to growing the Delaware area, Kozy Kovers for Kids has launched another chapter in Pittsburgh, PA to reach even more children in need of comfort. We thank Robin for sharing her story and inspiring so many people to make a difference!

To find out more about Robin, Kozy Kovers for Kids, and how you can help please visit: www.kozykoversforkids.org  or you can contact them directly with the information below:

Kozy Kovers Headquarters - Robin Agar
202 Acorn Forest Drive, Felton, DE 19943
302-284-8141
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Kozy Kovers Pittsburgh
Linda Lubbert   412-952-2857 or Judy Alabek 412-480-1432
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Quilting Tutorial with Lapel Stick - making a wrist purse

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We are very excited to share a great tutorial from our friend Vanessa at Crafty Gemini!  In the video below Vanessa will take you through a step by step process on how to create a lovely little quilted purse or cosmetic bag with a zipper and wrist strap using the equipment you have at home and Lapel Stick. 

Please let us know what you think of the tutorial and share your stories, we would love to hear from you and see your photos of your quilted wrist purses!  More tutorials coming soon from lapel Stick and some of the top quilters in North America.  Our thanks to Vanessa at Crafty Gemini for sharing her time and talent with us.

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Lapel Stick and The World of Charity Stitching

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Lapel Stick is very honored to be able to share our success and help support charities in Quilting, Sewing, and Fashion, along with charities and groups working to help members of society in need. Our latest project is with The World Of Charity Stitching, these amazing ladies are made up of cross stitchers, quilters, and sewists from around the world that make lap quilts, therapy pillows, walker bags, tote bags, wheelchair bags, greeting cards and bookmarks to give to children in need and to the elderly in nursing homes. To learn more about them and how you can get involved you can visit their blog at: http://worldofcharitystitching.blogspot.com

Some of the groups we have worked with:

Quilts for Japan - in response to the Tsunami in 2011
The Fight To End Women's Cancer - in partnership with Mary Kay Cosmetics
The JDRF (Juvenile Diabities Research Foundation) - in partnership with London Drugs
Dress For Success - in partnership with Vancouver retailers fighting homelessness
Project Linus
Quilts of Valor

Quilts From Caring Hands:  "We received 50 lapel sticks last week in time for our meeting. 25 of them were snatched up instantly, and I am sure we can use all of them. You may have noticed on our website that we have a special project making tactile quilts and weighted "lap aprons" for visually-impaired children or children with other disabling conditions. The people making squares for the tactile quilts are especially excited, because they place lots of trim on their quilt squares. Children with visual impairments are stimulated to explore the quilts to find matching patterns, etc. Our members believe the lapel sticks will be a great way to hold the rickrack, lace, etc., in place while someone is sewing these multi-step squares. Thank you for your support of our work." Larky Hansen - Quilts From Carings Hands

 Quilts Valor

If your group could benefit from a product donation or help with a give-away or event please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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