Austin Area Quilt Guild




Baby Bundles

We distribute hand-made quilts to three local agencies in the Austin and Travis County area.

AAQG donated 383 quilts to the follow organizations during the 2017-2018 year.

  1. Heathy Families Travis County
  2. Travis County WIC/Mom’s Place
  3. Children’s Advocacy Center/Bastrop


How can Members Participate in the Baby Bundles Program?

VISIT THE BABY BUNDLE TABLE AT ANY MEETING 
Each finished quilt follows a process which passes through many loving hands.

  1. Pick up a kit of pre-cut cloth which includes a simple pattern. Sew the top and return it at the next guild meeting you attend. (1-2 hours)
  2. The tops are then matched with backing by Workday volunteers and sent to “Over the Top Quilting” where quilting services are donated for this project.
  3. Pick up a quilt & binding strips and sew on the binding (1-2 hours) and return the finished quilt at the next guild meeting you attend.
  4. Volunteers place AAQG label and then the quilts are ready to be donated.

HOW YOU CAN HELP
  • Participate in the quilt making process
    Start by picking up a kit at the next meeting you attend.
  • Make a quilt from your own stash.  See requirements below.
  • Birthday Quilt
    Consider donating 1 quilt a year on your birthday, an AAQG tradition. If every member donated just one quilt, we could provide over 400 quilts to babies and children in these programs!
  • Events
    Annual Baby Bundle Production Evening Meeting – Typically November each year, at this special meeting, we turn our meeting room into a “factory floor” and see just how many quilts we can complete in one evening! Our usual goal is to finish 100 quilts!
    Baby Bundles Work Days are scheduled each month in Spring and Fall to prepare fabrics for kits, and cut fabric for binding and backs. Workdays are shown on the guild calendar, and registration to participate may be made on the guild website.


QUILT REQUIREMENTS

  • No wider than 44” (width of fabric), i.e. baby or child size.
  • Hand or machine quilted and bound, or envelope turned. May be tied with sturdy perle or crochet cotton thread.
  • Bright child friendly colors and a simple design
  • Prefer 100% cotton: Calico, though a flannel back is acceptable.
  • We do not accept polyester, poly blend or poly fleece blankets (at the request of our organizations)


The Origin of the Baby Bundles Program

Recently, Charter Member, Mary Shepherd shared  the origin of our Baby Bundles program. In the late 1970s and into the early 1980s. The state’s Health and Human Services department sponsored a program called “Baby Bundles” and called on Quilt guilds throughout the state of Texas to donate quilts for state sponsored programs for the welfare of children. Although the state is no longer involved, AAQG decided to continue with the program on it’s own!



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