Community Outreach

ACQG members participate in many community projects.  They have contributed quilts to St. Mary’s Children’s Home Auxiliary,  Project Linus, Victory Health Clinic and The Methodist Children’s Home to name a few.  Members have provided educational programs for schools, museums, garden clubs, church groups and historic homes tours.  In our application to Hands On South Alabama for the Heart of Gold Award for Outstanding Service to the Community we estimated that over 5,678 hours a year are spent working on these projects:

LINUS
Project Linus
– over 100 quilts are provided each year to children in need, distributed by local coordinator, Pam Pully, to Women’s & Children’s Hospital, Child Advocacy Center, police cars and social service centers – anywhere a child might need a warm hug or comfort – just like Linus.  Pictured here with a display of Project Linus Quilts is the member who initiated this project.  Nancy Lancaster started this project when she was teaching beginning quilters different block patterns.  The blocks put into these small quilts were a great beginning of Project Linus in Mobile.  Everyone in the Guild helps in some way – supplying materials, piecing, quilting and binding the quilts. Our new Coordinator is Lola Terranova.  She can be contacted at251-665-0208.

Connie Hudson Mobile Regional Senior Community Center –  free quilting lessons are provided to senior citizens.  When the center opened ACQG member Nancy Lancaster saw another opportunity for community outreach – encouraging social interaction, stimulating organized mental activity and providing free help for all levels of sewing skills for seniors.  These classes meet the first Wednesday of each month from 9:00 – 3:00 and the other forty Wednesdays from 9:30 – 1:30.  The ladies organized using the name Sassy Stitchers and entered a beautiful quilt in the 2013 Quilts of the Gulf Coast Show which won Viewers Choice!  (Though the Sassy Stitchers are not a financially supported part of ACQG many of their ladies are members of ACQG.) In late 2016 ACQG member Nancy Lancaster was honored by being given the first annual Connie Hudson Mobile Regional Senior Community Center Volunteer of the Year Award.

Quilts of Valor –  Quilts of Valor are hand-made quilts given to our Veterans to honor and thank them for their service and to provide the comfort that only a quilt can give. QOV’s can be requested at http://QOV.com  and Veterans are not charged for the quilts. The quilts are a labor of love. The ACQG Mobile initiative is now called “Stars over Mobile” making and presenting QOV’s locally. The Baldwin County group meets on the 3rd Thursday of the month at the LDS Church on Hwy. 13 in Daphne from 9 a.m. for an all day sew-in. Contact Cathy Wilson at 251-625-2360 for directions to the church.  Other groups meet in Mobile, Robertsdale and Gulf Shores and some work in their homes. We have presented over 100 quilts so far this year.   Contact persons are: Joyce Reed 251-634-0256 or at lsubookwrm@hotmail.com  and Judy Reeves 251-626-1428 or judyreevesala@gmail.com.  Donations of patriotic material (100% cotton), batting and wide backing material are appreciated. Monetary donations are also appreciated…

Pet Pillows Project – our newest innovative project, initiated by former member Sandra Black, is saving batting and fabric scraps to put into pillow cases, sewn, shut and put into another pillow case, which can be removed for cleaning.  Each month the Pet Pillows are distributed to one of these facilities: Mobile County Animal Shelter, City of Mobile Humane Shelter, Mobile SPCA, Azalea City Cat Coalition or PURR.  The pillows are a comfort for the pets and —  it helps keep our sewing rooms clean!
These are the Instructions to Make a Pet Pillow:
1. Use an old pillow case to fill with cotton fabric &/or batting scraps.
2. Cut scraps into 1″ x 1″ pieces (or close to it)
3. Long thin strips must be also cut or they bunch up.
4. Fill pillow case until a little fluffy. Do NOT overfill
5. Sew pillow case end shut
6. Insert into another nice looking pillow case. Do NOT sew this one shut. You are finished!
To make a Kitty Pillow:
1. Cut a pillow case not quite in half (the short way!)
2. Fill the smaller part with scraps as in 2 & 3 above
3. Continue as in 4 & 5 above.

University of South Alabama Display: Every other year (even years) we are invited by the USA Dean of Libraries to display small quilts (wall hangings) in the Main Library on Campus. Elaine Williams has been the contact for this project. We look forward to and are already working on a display for 2017. The Art Quilters have been very instrumental in this project.

Swamp Fest: was a new event for us in 2015.  It gave us the opportunity to have a display in the northern most part of Mobile County.

Former Projects:
Dauphin Way Baptist Church Expo -At this family-oriented Expo we display a variety of quilts and wall hangings.  We are able to answer individual questions and encourage visitors to try their skills at this traditional, artistic and innovative pastime.  Four quilters have two hours shifts, so quilts on display change as they come and go.
St. Mary’s Home Auxiliary – each year a quilt has been donated to the Auxiliary to augment their monetary support of the Home, which provides long term residential care for abused, abandoned and neglected children.  Nancy Huihui has led this project. It is currently on hold.
Stacey Manor Assisted Living Project – This project has been discontinued because the census at Stacey Manor is low. However, every Thursday for the past 7 years three ACQG members spent time helping residents make quilts and quilted items completely by hand for their family and friends.  This provided social interaction, mental stimulation, communication skills and pride in accomplishments.  According to the staff, “The residents joyfully looked forward to every Thursday.”  Certificates of Appreciation were presented at the December 2013 General Meeting to MaryAnn Logsdon, Joann Biittler and Tish Fisackerly for their dedication to this project. Many other members filled in and help with supplies.  Thanks to all for your support.o be continued)
Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI) – This marvelous project reached its goal of raising $1,000,000 in 2013 and will no longer be a nationwide project. Small 9″x 12″ quilts were donated to be auctioned online and at the American Quilters’ Society show in Houston, TX for the purpose of raising awareness and funding research for Alzheimer’s through Art.  Members were encouraged and guided in this project by our “Quilt Goddess”, Caren Rich.  ACQG had a great time being involved and we raised a lot of money for AAQI.
Shared Expression: The Bay Area Partners Exhibit at Mobile Museum of Art – the same year as our biennial quilt show there is an exhibit of work by members of Mobile area societies devoted to the fine arts. In this exhibition each organization is represented by pieces of art chosen by its members.   In this 3 month exhibit we try to display various techniques and sizes of quilts to visually stimulate the viewers, tempt them to recall childhood memories of relatives quilting and show what is possible and new using thread, needle and fabric.  The resulting works give evidence of the wealth of talent, dedication and hard work that enriches our community and spans a wide range of media – painting, graphics, prints, photography, ceramics wood working and quilting.  We are honored to be included in Shared Expressions.  Shared Expressions will not be held in 2015.  We hope it resumes in the future.