Over the years, the Whistler Valley Quilters’ Guild has donated many quilts to people in the sea-to-sky corridor that were in need of the comfort that can be provided with a handmade quilt. Our ongoing program provides quilts for babies, children, adults and families that have experienced loss or challenging times.
Quilts have also been donated to places far away from Whistler—to victims of the Washington State mudslide, hurricane Katrina, the Kelowna and Fort McMurray fires, the Japan Tsunami, and to orphaned children in Lesotho, Africa. In 2015 we donated a quilt to the Whistler Waldorf School to help them with fundraising. The quilt was a collaborative project with each member making a block.
In 2017, along with our regular community quilt program, many Guild members are contributing to Canada’s Big Quilt Bee, an across Canada initiative that hopes to make and donate 1000 quilts for sick kids that are staying at Ronald MacDonald houses. In fact, one of our member’s quilt top (@stitchengurl) was featured on CBC Canada 2017’s year long project to mark the country’s sesquicentennial. Click here for the article.
Our Guild is very grateful to the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation for its generous support of $2000 to help us purchase supplies to make community quilts. We have purchased fabric, batting, thread and a fabric cutter and have made numerous quilts over the past year, which have, in turn, been given to members of our community going through difficult times.
Some of the quilts we have made this year using funds from the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation grant:
In addition to our Community Quilt Program, we keep our local health care centre supplied with colourful and cheerful ice bag covers that happily ‘disappear’ to many places around the world.
From the media:
April 14, 2014 “From Our Corner” Washington Office of the Secretary of State blog – BC quilters send special gifts for Oso
December 6, 2012 Pique Newsmagazine – Quilters share for the benefit of community
Watch our Community Quilt Program You Tube Video
We are very happy to accept donations of good quality sewing supplies or 100% cotton fabric or thread to be used to make quilts for the community. Please contact us via email (using the ‘Contact Us’ button at the top of this page) if you have any items you would like to donate to this worthy cause.