Walnut Creek/East Bay Chapter

Community Service

Community Service

Giving back is a vital part of a full and rewarding life. Nothing is more fulfilling than using your skills and passion to contribute to the quality of life of others in need within your own community. Throughout the country, ASG has become synonymous with sewing acts of kindness.

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Jan Driscol and a few members got together about a month ago and made animal pillows for the “Bay Area Animal Rescue Crew” in Concord. Then, with donations and help from ASG Sewers (mostly Concord NG), 9 beds were completed and donated yesterday January 5, 2018.  BAARC was very appreciative of the donation.

Of course, Sweetie Pie tested them out as I piled them on the floor when completed.We cut, sewed, and stuffed about 3 dozen beds from fabric scraps.

The Walnut Creek Chapter of ASG has partnered with the Contra Costa Regional Medical Center.  They have a newborn layette project that has been in operation for over 30 years. Their auxiliary group provides a layette to every new mother and their infants born at the Center in Martinez.

On June 24, 2017, the Walnut Creek Chapter of the American Sewing Guild gathered to participate in an annual day of community service.  The members created 94 flannel receiving blankets, 3 knitted blankets, 4 tied fleece blankets, 1 terry cloth blanket, 1 knitted washcloth, 8 terry cloth washcloths, 10 small fleece blankets and 65 flannel washcloths!  Lunch was provided through generous donations from Safeway, Sam’s Club, and Trader Joe’s.  All of these items were donated to the Contra Costa County Hospital in Martinez.  This is the second year the ASG Chapter has focused on providing materials for the hospital’s newborn layette program.

Here is a year-round community service opportunity that allows you to share your love of sewing by making and donating quilts to those in need.  Attached is a pattern for a quilt top that you can use to cut using your scraps.  In addition, if you attend one of the Chapter’s program events, kits are cut and ready to take home.  You are able to work on the quilt top and then return it to a monthly program, when it is completed.

For more information on cutting and/or assembling these easy quilt tops for donation, please feel free to contact the Community Service Coordinator, Cynthia Cirino, at (510) 435-8381 or via email at CynthiaCirino@gmail.com.  Thank you!

Community Service Quilt Pattern