Making a sleeve for a quilt                                                                                                                                           Cut the fabric 9 inches by the width of the quilt. Fold the 9 inch ends in 1/4 inch twice, and sew to make a hem. Sew the long sides with wrong sides facing. Press seam open and center the seam in the middle of the sleeve. Center the sleeve on the back of the quilt with the seam against the quilt back, about 1 inch from the top. Pin and hand sew in place along both long edges and along the quilt side of the short edges.

Patterns for memory bags, preemie hats and  pillowcases can be found on the bottom of this page. Paper copies can be found at the welcome table.

Some of our members have been making Project Linus quilts. Patterns and a list of local drop off sites can be found at their website:

Another great idea for a community project is a "fidget quilt" for Alzheimer's patients. It's a great way to use some neat doodads, zippers, textural fabrics and beads. Nancy Zieman's website has instructions for one type. You can make any small quilt, about 16" by 20" to fit on a lap without falling off, and add items that will keep the recipient's attention.

The McMahon/Ryan Advocacy Center accepts quilts for children. Below is a list of ages and sizes they would like. 


Infants to age 7    36 x 36

children ages 8 - 12      36 x 42

teenagers ages 13 to 18   42 x 48

Prefer fleece or flannel backing and age/gender appropriate fabric

Doll Day 2016

As always, we had a lot of fun stuffing and dressing the dolls. A special tha'nk you to Linda Bender for all of the work she did making the dolls and clothes, and feeding us while we played, er I mean worked.

Honor Flight October 2016    

Our guild donated 15 quilts to be given to honorees when they came back from their flights. A few of our members were on hand to help distribute them. It was an emotional moment for all involved.

Francis House Donations

We recently donated 13 quilts to Francis House for their charity event in October.

Doll Day 2015

We always enjoy doll day. Who can resist playing with dolls especially when it's for a good cause?

Honor Flight Quilts

These are a few of over 30 quilts that we have made for Honor Flight honorees, shown at our annual picnic.

Doll Day 2014

Every year during one of our friendship meetings, the guild gets together to make dolls for children in our local hospitals. 

The community service coordinators are taking donations of muslin, flannel and batting for lap robes and Honor Flight quilts

laprobes for nursing homes

 40"x40" flannel backing, no batting
Use a lot of quilting. These will be washed frequently.

memory bags for hospitals

around 20"x16" Please use happy fabrics.

knitted premie hats for hospitals

small, medium and large are needed. Use only baby yarn.

pillow cases for Hillcrest Children's Center

Use bright colors. These are for children up to 16 years.

dolls for Golisano Children's Hospital

quilts for Honor Flight honorees

40"x60" These quilts are red, white and blue.  Batting is OK, or just a flannel backing.

 Memory Bag by Deb Libera

Fabric: 1 yard                                                                                                                                                            Ties: 2 pieces of 18" ribbon or 2- 1" x 18" fabric strips

  Cutting: Straighten fabric. Cut 2 strips- 2 and 1/2" x 3" for handles                                       Sewing ties:                                                                                                                                                             With right sides together sew the long sides of the handle strips. Turn right side out and press.                                                                                                                                                                         If using fabric for ties, fold into thirds with the right side out. Topstitch to hold fabric. Tie a knot on one end of each strip.                                                                                                                           If using ribbon, tie a knot on one end of each.                                                                                     Sewing bag:                                                                                                                                                           With wrong sides together and selvage edges together, sew two side seams with 1/4" seam. Trim to 1/8". Turn with right sides together. Sew side seams with 1/4" seam.                                   Turn down selvage (top edge of bag) about 1/2". Turn again 1/2". Sew, including the handles and ties.

Memory Bag With Lining by Betsy DeFazio

Fabrics: 1 yd main color                                                                                                                                                        1 yd lining                                                                                                                                                  Cutting:                                                                                                                                                                 Stack the fabrics wrong sides together. Remove selvage edges.  With the fabrics stacked together, straighten all sides. From long 44" edge of stacked fabrics----cut:                                                  1 strip-4" x 44"   Set aside the lining strip.                                                                                                     Cut the main fabric strip in half 4" x 22". Save for handles. Now cut the                                             lining strip in  half the long way to measure 2 strips-2" x 44". Save for two bindings.   From the original stacked fabrics cut 1--1.5" x 44" strip for ties. cut the lining piece in half-1.5"x 22".  Save for ties. Set aside the main fabric strip for another project or use this color for your ties. Your choice.       

Preparing Binding Handles and Ties:                                                                                                              Fold and press the 4" x 22" main handle fabrics in half. Open. Fold sides to center. Press again. Press in half to make a   handle 1" x 22". Top stitch down both long sides. Make 2.             Repeat for ties using 1.5" x 22". Top stitch down the center. Make 2. Set aside handles and ties.                                                                                                                                                                                Press one long edge of binding strip 2" x 44" about 1/4" under. Press one short edge 1/2" under. Make 2. Set aside.

Construction:                                                                                                                                                            With remaining stacked fabrics, fold them in thirds the long way and press the folds. Open out. These creases will become your quilting lines and your guide for handle placement later. Using a straight stitch or fancy stitch, quilt the bag  on these lines to hold the lining to the mains fabric. Zig zag or serge the two long outer edges to finish.

Placement of Handles and Ties:                                                                                                                        Turn main bag so lining side faces you and one short end is at the top. With raw edges together, pin handle in place using quilting line as a guide. Lay handle loop on lining and secure in place with a pin. With raw edges together pin one tie centered between handle ends. Secure with a pin. Repeat with other short end of bag.

Bindings:                                                                                                                                                                    With raw edges matching and right sides together, pin binding in place staqrting with the short folded edge matching the side of the bag. Pin in place across top of the bag and covering the handles and tie. Trim and turn under 1/2" of the short end of the binding when you come to the other side of the bag. With a 1?4" seam, stitch across the bag top catching the handles and tie and removing the pins. Repeat for the bottom of the bag.

Finishing the Binding and Sides:                                                                                                       Remove any securing pins from handles and ties. Press the binding, handles and ties up away from the lining. Turn bag to main side. Press folded edge of binding to mains side of bag. Stitch in place along binding bottom. Stitch again along top of bag, securing the handles and ties.                                                                                                                                                      Fold the bag in half, right sides together matching the binding edges. Stitch the bag sides together with a 1/2" seam, back stitching at the top and bottom. Turn bag right side out and press.


Itty Bitty Bear Cubs, Bear Hats for Preemies

small: 9" circumference     large: 11 " circumference-- Changes for large will be in (  )                     Cast on 60 (70) sts. Work k2p2 ribbing for 5 rows, then 20 (30)rows of s                                            Decrease row 1. (for lge, start w/ k5, k2tog)   k4, k2tog around                                                                                      all even rows k (or p if knitting on straight needles)                                                                                        3. k3, k2 tog around                                                                                                                                                      5. k2, k2 tog around                                                                                                                                                      7. k1, k2 tog around                                                                                                                                                     9 and 11. k2 tog around. You will have 5 stitches. Draw yarn through the stitches and finish off.                                                                                                                                                                    Ears:  Stitches are picked up on two dpns, counterclockwise and ears are knit "inside out" so that purl side faces outward. With one dpn, starting on a decrease line, 3-4 sts from the top and going toward the brim, pick up and k 11 (12) sts. With the second dpn,  pick up and k 11 (12) sts up the other side of the decrease.                                                                                                                   K 3 rounds (this seems a little awkward at first, but you can only work it the one way if you go up and then down.                                                                                                                                                   Dec: On each needle--k2tog, k to last 2 sts, k2tog---repeat until 3 (4) sts remain on each needle. Bind off andfinish the edge with a mattress st. Repeat for other ear.           


Knitted Preemie Cap devised by Alpha Fountain, Joyce Wheaton and Joan Carroll (2006)

 Use baby, sport weight, or fingering yarn. Gauge: 11 stitches to 2 inches                                   Cast on 44 stitches               K2 P2 ribbing until piece measures 1 1/4 inches.                                   Use   stockinette pattern (knit 1 row, purl 1 row) until piece measures 4 inches from the starting edge. Begin decreasing as follows:                                                                                                    row 1: (K4, K2tog) across                                                                                                                                  row 2 and all even rows: P across                                                                                                              row 3: (K3, K2tog) across                                                                                                                                row 5: (K2, K2tog) across                                                                                                                                row 7: K2tog across                                              Pull yarn through the remaining stitches and leave a tail long enough to join the edges.

Knitted Preemie Cap from Phyllis Shaver by way of Margaret Sherwin

Use a size 4 or 5 needle and baby yarn, no wool!                                                                                          Cast on 64 stitches                                                                                                                                                  rows 1-6: K2, P2                                                                                                                                                       rows 7-10: garter stitch (knit every row)                                                                                                         rows 11-14: stockinette stitch (knit one row, purl one row)                                                                      rows 15-18: garter stitch                                                                                                                                      rows 19-22: stockinette stitch                                                                                                                            rows 23-26: garter stitch                                                                                                                                      rows 27-30: stockinette stitch                                                                                                                              Start decrease: row 31: (K6, K2tog) across (56 stitches left)                                                                                                   row 32 and all even rows: purl across                                                                                                             row 33: (K5, K2tog) across (48)                                                                                                                           row 35: (K4, K2tog) across (40)                                                                                                                           row 37: (K3, K2tog) across                                                                                                                                   row 39: (K2, K2tog) across                                                                                                                                   row 41: (K2, K2tog) across                                                                                                                                   row 43: (K2, K2tog) across--At the end of this row, K2                                              Continue in this pattern until you have 8 stitches left. Cast off or just run yarn through the stitches.   Sew Up-Sew Good!

French Seam Pillowcase

There is an excellent tutorial for this process on this website:

Supplies:                                                                                                                                                                    *3/4 yd of main fabric                                                                                                                                          *1/4 yd of contrasting fabric for cuff                                                                                                                *1/8 yd fabric or 40" ribbon, lace, etc. for accent (optional)

Directions:                                                                                                                                                                 1. Cutting:                                                                                                                                                                           *main fabric: 27" x 40"                                                                                                                                         *cuff fabric: 9" x  40"                                                                                                                                             * accent: 3" x 40"                                                                                                                                              If using an accent fabric, follow steps 2 & 3, otherwise skip ahead to step 4.

2. Press the accent fabric wrong sides together to create a 1 and 1/2"by 40" piece.

3. Pin the accent to the main fabric (right side) along the 40" side, matching raw edges.

4. Pin the long sides of the cuff fabric to the main fabric, right sides together. Sew a scant  1/4" seam through all of the layers.

5. Roll the long layer of the main pillow fabric, wrong side up, until you have all the fabric in a long tube at the top of the attached fabrics. Bring unsewn edge of cuff over the long tube of fabric to the sewn edge, matching raw edges, and pin. Sew together in a slightly larger 1/4" seam. Be very careful not to catch the main pillow fabric in this seam! 

6. Turn right side out. Yes it will come though! Just pull gently.

7 Lay flat and press.

8. Fold pillowcase with WRONG sides together. Even up edges if needed. Pin and sew with a scant 1/4" seam.

9. Turn the pillowcase wrong side out. Press. Sew together using a slightly larger 1/4" seam. Turn and enjoy!

10. Stitch down the edge of the trim if desired.

Easy Strippy Placemats

Cut:  (11) 2" x  12 and 1/2" strips (front)                                                                                                                      (1) 12 and 1/2" x 16 and 1/2" (back)                                                                                                                  (1) 12 and 1/2" x 16 and 1/2" thin batting or stabilizer                                                                    Sew strips together and trim to 12 and 1/2" x 16 and 1/2".                                                                      Place front and back right sides together. Place batting on top.                                                          Stitch around outside with a 1/4" seam allowance, leave a 4" opening on the short side.          Turn inside out and whip stitch the opening closed.                                                                                  Stitch in the ditch on all strips or stipple the entire front of placemat.                                              Top stitch around outside edge of placemat.

Simple Patchwork Stocking Ornament or PIn
1/4” ribbon--5”
felt for back--5 " square
lining fabric--5" square
fabric for front--5" square (This can be a stripped piece, see directions) 

Check  the front desk or ask Mary Ellen for a card stock stocking pattern.
If you are making a strip pieced front, cut strips 5 inches long and 1½  to 2 inches wide. Sew these together until you have a piece that is about 5 inches square. Make sure to put a white 1 ½  inch strip at the top for a name band. You can also use a single holiday fabric that is
4 ½  inches by 5 inches and add a 1½ inch by 5 inch white strip at the top. Sew the lining fabric and the front with right sides together along the white edge. This will be the top of the stocking. Turn and press the edge. Place the stocking pattern on the front fabric with the top edges even. Mark the pattern with a disappearing marker. Place this piece on the felt, front side up, with the top edges even and the folded ribbon in the corner so that the stitching will catch it. Sew on the marked line with a zigzag or decorative stitch. Use pinking shears to trim close to the stitching. Add a pin to the back. It really is that simple!