Our “Quilted Stories” project promotes literacy and knowledge of our quilt heritage and so much more. Debbie Higgins, maker of several beautiful quilts for our project, gets her inspiration from all the wonderful literature in the market. 14 Cows for America was one such book. A story of one small African village’s gift to America after 9-11 and the beautiful artwork was one such inspiration. Debbie’s family posted this special quilt and book online and many unexpected rewards came our way. The guild was given many books from Peachtree Publishers dedicated to literacy and cultural difference along with a promise of more books in the future. Please visit http://peachtreepub.blogspot.com/ to see the full blog. Thank you Peachtree Publishers and Debbie Higgins for “passing it on”.
January 2013 marked the beginning of a lending project that will supply wonderful quilts paired with good books to local elementary schools for use by librarians, teachers and any enthusiastic storytellers. This CVQG program provides these treasures in the hope of instilling a love of quilts as well as promoting literacy in our hometowns. This simple goal has blossomed into a story-telling of our rich heritage along with stimulating art forms paired with rich language filled sometimes with “old-time”, poetic, scientific, culturally diverse or mysterious vocabulary.
The “Quilted Story” project was directly inspired by a program given to our guild by the leader of the Greater San Antonio Quilt Guild’s “Storybooks and Quilts To Go” Project. Many such projects are adopted by quilt guilds around the country with similar goals.
The CVQG members overwhelmingly pledged to support our new program by donating money, books, quilts, fabric and their exceptional quilting talents to realize our dream of such a program and thus help realize our guild’s purpose.
Our joy is derived by introducing our children to the wonderful world of quilts and quilting paired with great literature. Enthusiasm by the CVQG members produced over 137 quilts to date with many more quilts in various stages of completion. September 2013 will marked the delivery of the first rotation of plastic bins filled with quilts and books housed in hand-made and donated totes to 8 different towns serving 1 to 2 elementary schools per town. As of September 2014, there are 150 quilt/book/bag pairings collected into 18 boxes for distribution to 12 – 13 schools.
Janice Raabe leads the project and will also deliver a short in-service training (with the town’s liaison) to each participating school before the school year. It is our hope that the books and quilts will be used extensively during the school year and various other educational settings during the summer. There is one or two liaisons for each town and the service of each town will be decided by these members. The bins of quilts will be picked up, checked for needed services and rotated to the next town before Christmas and before May.
CVQG will randomly pull quilts out of rotation for a short duration in order to display quilts and books at their “Best Little Quilt Show in Texas”, the “Texas Quilt Museum”, and programs for organizations such as literary clubs and other quilt guilds.
Storybooks are made available to members for their quilt inspirations and a promise is made to match great literature with already completed quilts. Diverse categories of books are available along with books with quilt themes. Quilt-makers are encouraged to use their original designs along with traditional patterns. A sweet collaboration is used extensively. All quilts are honored as little pieces of art.
Joy is abundant….We do what we love to do…Make Quilts…and Share!
Join us in our quest……
The “Quilted Stories” project gladly accepts guild donations of books, quilts, fabric, supplies, money and (best of all) quilting talents.
Contact Janice Raabe at the Colorado Valley Quilt Guild email with the subject line “Quilted Stories” or “Janice Raabe”.
Click on the links below to see the completed Quilted Stories to Date: