HABcore Quilts… Delivered!

Written by Eileen:
Last night Helen and I had the distinct honor of presenting twenty two quilts to the residents of HABcore, Inc, in Red Bank.  For those of you unfamiliar with HABcore, their mission statement says it all “Stability, Dignity and Hope for the Homeless”.  It was founded after the death of a homeless man on the streets of Red Bank and the work they do is phenomenal.  The residence we went to is one of two Class C Boarding Homes, run by HABcore, where residents live in a family like atmosphere with communal dining and living space.  Helen worked closely with the Manager of this facility to coordinate our meeting.  It was decided beforehand that we should chose and label a quilt with each resident’s name before our meeting, so we met up first and went through all of the quilts.  Since there are only seven females residing there, Helen and I chose the more “feminine” quilts and assigned names to them. We assigned the men’s names to the gender neutral quilts and went on our way.  When we arrived we were greeted and welcomed by several residents.  Although the staff member on duty knew we were coming, the residents did not.  About half of them were enjoying television or chatting in the living area, the others had already retired to their rooms.  We tried to explain to them who we were and a little about our guild, but most of these residents are mentally and or intellectually challenged.  It didn’t matter because what happened next was one of the most humbling, gratifying experiences I’ve ever had in my entire life.  As we called out names and people came to collect their gift, the excitement and  gratitude that filled the room was palpable.  Residents were happy to run upstairs and get others so they too could come and receive their gift.  It became immediately clear that fabric choice, gender neutral or not, made absolutely no difference.  I recalled when Diane gave me a patriotic quilt as a donation and she was hedging because she thought that the red in the fabric had ran and it was now slightly pink in appearance.  I can assure you Diane that your quilt is this gentleman’s most prized possession!!  And this was true of each and every resident.  They hugged and cuddled their quilts just like your friends and family do when you present them with such a gift.  Another gentleman received a quilt, that I believe was made by Sherre, and you should know that it was as if you surveyed him about everything he would love in a quilt that was custom designed for him, right down to the quilting which he remarked  reminded him of a quilt that his mom once had.  This was the highlight of the night for me personally as I observed him tracing the quilting swirls with his finger!!
I am profoundly proud of what we, The Jersey Shore Modern Quilt Guild, did here.  WE have touched the lives of at least twenty two people in a way that goes beyond any expectation I had.  I could not have done this without you, my most generous friends.  I mean that from the bottom of my heart.  Quilting and charity have, to me, always gone hand in hand and it is my hope that we can continue in this charitable way.  Thank you so very much,  all of you, and a special thanks to Helen for organizing the distribution last night.

Orlando Quilt Drive!!!

Here are the details posted from The Orlando Modern Quilt Guild Website for all of us wanting to make a finished quilt to wrap those affected by this horrible tragedy in love and support. Please make sure you sew a label on your quilt.

From their President: Alissa Lapinski…

Donation Quilts for Pride Orlando Victims

Donation Quilt Information for Pride Orlando Victims
First and foremost I want to thank each and every one of you for offering your help. I can’t even believe this happened in our town, and am so thankful for any and all help you’re willing to offer. As a quilt community we all love to give and love to help others, and a quilt drive was my immediate thought. Any survivors need to know they are loved and how better to accomplish that than by literally covering them in a quilt covered in hearts, and made with love?!
My idea is hearts in bright, rainbow colors to represent everyone affected, and obviously represent the love we are sending them. We will be using a tutorial from Cluck Cluck Sew to make 10″ blocks. And I ask that the quilts be no smaller than 5 blocks wide and 6 blocks long. You’re more than welcome to make them larger, I’d just like to keep them at the very least lap sized.
This is the tutorial I’d like us to use, and once more, a varying, rainbow of hearts in bright colors, with a low volume background. I think the 10″ blocks will make the sewing a bit quicker, and give us more quilts for the victims. You can put the heart in rainbow order or not, that is up to you, but i would love for you to put a tag on the quilt so that the recipient knows who made the quilt for them.
The recipients will hopefully be the survivors and victims families, and those directly affected by the shooting, club owner, etc. I have multiple emails out, and will be updating everyone with more detailed information as I receive it. That includes where to send them. I’m trying to decide where a mass amount of mail will best be received😉 I’m thinking at my salon, since its commercial, but I’ll post that info in the next day or two! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR HELP! There is literally no way our guild could get this done without your help, and I want you to know how much we appreciate it! If you have any other questions please let me know, until then….sew on!
Alissa Lapinsky🙂
President Orlando MQG
We will be making that big one in the back….because we all have big hearts, right??!!

Welcome to the NEW JSMQG!

As with everything, change is inevitable. Change is good. Change is necessary in order to grow. The Jersey Shore Modern Quilt Guild is growing!!! And that’s a good thing!

With our growth, comes a new website and platform… and fresh ideas.

ANNNDDDDD… with growth and change come the dreaded ‘learning curves’. Please bear with us as we navigate the muddy waters of wordpress.

If you are joining us for the first time… then let us give you the basics…

We are an eclectic group of quilters who meet on the THIRD Wednesday of each month from 7 to 9pm on the 2nd floor of the Jersey Shore Arts Center building in Ocean Grove, NJ. For directions and more about them, check out their website HERE.

We also meet once a month on the SECOND Saturday for a ‘sew-in’ at The Colts Neck Reformed Church. Address and information can be found HERE.

Please return to this page often as we spread our wings and learn to FLY! In the meantime, contact us any time at: jsmodernqg@gmail.com for all your questions and concerns.