This past Thursday I had the pleasure of presenting to “Quilters By The Sea” (QBS) Quilt Guild in Long Beach, CA.. All of the members were very friendly, talented and committed to helping others. QBS is a nonprofit corporation promoting quilting excellence through education and philanthropic projects.
This year QBS members made 290 beautiful quilts that were given to the following programs: Long Beach Battered Women’s Shelter, St. Mary’s Medical Center Pediatrics, Long Beach Police Department, “For The Child”, New Life Beginnings, and the VA hospital in Long Beach.
In addition to the quilts, a variety of toys, clothing items, gift cards, toiletries and other items made and/or donated by members were also given to these programs, as appropropriate.
The heartfelt appreciation from representatives of these programs brought tears to my eye and QBS will forever have a soft spot in my heart.
I also learned insight on their fun guild challenge for 2011, where members select 5 UFOs that when they complete they will share with members and be eligible to win prizes. What a great quilt guild challenge! And I can tell from the QBS calendar, they also have great speakers and workshops throughout the year.
As such, I’d like to take this opportunity to say thank you to QBS for all they do to help others. And, thank you for having me come to their wonderful quilt guild. I had a wonderful time and was truly inspired with your Quilt Guild.
Ok…as I expect some of you are wondering what SewCalGal would present to a Quilt Guild, my presentation focused on “Emerging Opportunities on the Internet for Quilters”. My goal was to increase awareness and inspire QBS Guild members to have fun following blogs and/or creating their own blog, or even tweeting or playing on Facebook. The virtual quilting community is actively growing, and filled with inspirational quilt shows, challenges, contests, fun giveaways, quilt-alongs and more.
What is your favorite aspect of belonging to the virtual world of quilters?