BPQ members are turning in many wonderful quilts at every meeting. Thank you! The families and staff at Ronald McDonald House are very excited every time we deliver quilts (and now pillowcases, too!) to the House. We are very popular!
If you too, would like to make a Ronald McDonald quilt, a very easy way to get started is to stop by the Ronald McDonald table at a guild meeting for inspiration and easy patterns. There are fabric packs to help you get started as well as kits containing a quilt top with batting and backing fabric that are ready to quilt. Ronald McDonald quilts are a fun way to use your quilting skills AND make a contribution to your community.
Received this email Nov 11th from family of a child at RMH with one of our donated quilts. It's great to see it in use but wish there wasn't any need for them.
"Wes had been life flighted twice in two weeks. His exhausted family was given the opportunity to stay at McDonald house when his stay stretched to weeks. Imagine how lifted his family felt when they were escorted to the quilt room and told to pick any one they wanted for Wes. What a sweet and moving gift. Here he is in the hospital bed snuggled under his new quilt. Suddenly the room feels more homey. Thank you for this sweet gift. We hope that someday very soon he will go home and he will take this loving treasure with him. Thank you!"
Twenty-Seven Years of Service to Our Community
Block Party Quilters’ Ronald McDonald Quilt Project
Since 1988 Block Party members have been making quilts for the children staying at the Seattle Ronald McDonald House while they are being treated at Seattle Children’s Hospital. In that time BPQ members have donated thousands of quilts (and now pillowcases as well)!
The Ronald McDonald House is called “The House that Love Built.” The House in Seattle serves as a home away from home for children and their families primarily from Washington, Alaska, Idaho and Montana as they undergo treatment at Seattle Children’s. Families are asked to pay $25 per night, but nobody is turned away because they can’t afford to pay that modest amount. In 2003 the new residence building opened and they now have a total of 80 rooms available, including 10 apartments designated for children undergoing bone marrow transplants. The Seattle Ronald McDonald House is one of the largest in the world. The House is almost always full and there is often a waiting list of families looking for housing. They serve children with all diagnoses including cancer, birth defects, and all types of injuries and illnesses.
BPQ members make quilts for the kids at the Ronald McDonald House all year around, individually and in small groups. One general meeting per year is dedicated to working together to sew quilts for Ronald McDonald kids. At the annual Block Party Quilters Quilt Show and at other events during the year the public is invited to participate in our Quilt Project by decorating a quilt square in the Kids’ Korner. Then members assemble the blocks into quilts. In past years as many as 50 quilt tops have been decorated and assembled at the quilt show.
Block Party Quilters also partners informally with the Redmond Senior Quilters, a group that meets on Wednesday afternoons at the RedmondSeniorCenter. The ladies of the Redmond Seniors group make quilt tops and BPQ members quilt them for the kids at Ronald McDonald House.
In early 2003 the Executive Director of the Ronald McDonald House, issued a challenge to Block Party members to make quilts with a Northwest theme to hang as permanent decorations in the new ResidenceBuilding. The group enthusiastically took up the challenge and sixteen quilts were selected by the jury for the new House. The quilts add warmth and fun to the corridors throughout the House.
In 2006, when the original Ronald McDonald House was being refurbished, Block Party members were challenged to make quilts to decorate the halls of that building. Once again BPQ members took advantage of the opportunity to share their love of quilting with the community. Six quilts were selected to hang as permanent decorations in the halls of the original Ronald McDonald House.
Our Ronald McDonald Quilt Project provides Block Party members with an opportunity to enjoy their favorite activity, quilting, and through it to provide love and support to sick children and their families. Over the years this project has brought a lot of comfort to kids who could use a warm and loving hug and a lot of personal satisfaction to BPQ members who are making a contribution to their community.
The boys and girls at Ronald McDonald House are teenagers and babies and every age in-between. Each child is going through a very tough time on their young lives. Many have cancer; others have birth defects, injuries or other illnesses. Each quilt we give them is a warm and loving hug. Here are some suggestions to make a terrific quilt for a sick child:
The quilt is made with fun fabrics that will capture the attention of a child.
The fabrics are soft and maybe the quilt even has a flannel or fleece back that will feel good and snuggly against tender skin.
The quilt is clean and there is no pet hair on it.
It's quilted at least every 3 inches so it will hold up well to washing.
The binding is sewn on tightly with no loose threads that could snag little fingers.
The quilt is made with love!
Thank you very much for your participation and support of our Ronald McDonald Quilt Project.
It is very satisfying (and fun!) to use your quilting skills to make a quilt for our Quilt Project. Each quilt we donate is a warm and loving hug for a child. Join the fun and participate! Here are some suggestions on how you can get started:
Fun new fabric packs are available at the Ronald McDonald table to get you started on a quilt. We have some easy pattern ideas to inspire you, too.
We have some kits ready for quilting that containing a top made by the Redmond Senior Quilters or a Kids’ Korner top, batting, backing fabric and fabric for binding. You just add thread and your energy and enthusiasm!
Partner with a friend or two, or your small group, and make a quilt.
Make a top and donate it to Ronald McDonald and we’ll find someone to quilt it.
If you need backing fabric or batting, contact Sue Spurgeon or Dawn Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll be happy to bring the supplies to you at the next meeting.
An important reminder: Please be sure to inspect your quilt before you turn it in. Look for pins and needles, loose threads and soil. Be sure your quilt is clean and free of all dirt and pet hair. Wash it if necessary.We count on you to inspect your quilts carefully before you turn them in and make sure they are clean and safe for the kids. Thank you! If you would like to learn more about Ronald McDonald House (web address:rmhcseattle.org) and our Ronald McDonald Quilt Project, come see us at the Ronald McDonald table at any meeting! Thank you for your participation and support.
Ronald McDonald Quilt Project Committee Dawn Thompson and Susan Spurgeon, Co-Chairs