**Over the years, the Creative Quilters Guild of Ellis County has volunteered and contributed many handmade items for local groups. Some of the community service projects have been:
- Lap quilts for veterans, church groups, and assisted living centers
- Pillowcases filled with school supplies and/or toiletries for area children
- Baby quilts, tote bags, crayon totes for CPS children and children’s hospitals
- Fleece hats, neck pillows, surgery pillows, and ice bag covers for hospital patients
- Food donations for churches and food pantries.
- Quilts for victims of natural disasters
These groups include Hope Clinic, Waxahachie; North Texas VA Hospital, Dallas; Children’s Medical Center, Dallas; Parkland Hospital, Dallas; Manna House, Midlothian; Clayton Nursing Home, Ennis; and more.
In 2016/2017--community service has continued to be lap quilts for the veterans, baby items for Hope Clinic, tote bags, and pillowcases.
In 2017/2018--we contributed fabric and quilts for hurricane victims, VA lap quilts, and items for Hope Clinic.
For the year 2018/2019: Hope Clinic received many items targeted for new moms and babies. It is always fun to make receiving blankets, baby quilts, and swaddle cloths for them presented in cute decorated tote bags.
A new item the guild added this year was fidget quilts. These quilts are 24” square and have a variety of texture and items sewn on. These are donated to assisted living centers for residents. These are lap size and with all the variety of items attached to the blocks, the fidget quilts keep the resident’s fingers and minds busy just playing and touching all the textures!
A chapter for Quilts of Valor has been established in Ellis County. The guild is currently sewing blocks and making quilts for those who have served in the military as a “Thank You for Your Service” gift. For more information and how you can help, please contact Carol (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Patty (email@example.com)
**Silent Auction Monetary Donation.
In July of every year, the CQGEC holds a quilt show at the Midlothian Conference Center. Miniature quilts are donated by our members for a silent auction. Members vote for a local Ellis County non-profit group to receive the funds from this silent auction.
Past recipients have been: North Ellis County Outreach Center, Hope Clinic, and Women’s Resource Center (now First Look).
- In 2016, Red Oak Senior Center, Hope Clinic, and The Bridge benefited from the guild silent auction.
- In 2017, The Golden Circle Senior Center in Ennis was awarded the funds.
- For July, 2018, guild members voted for Reclaim 611 in Midlothian to receive all the monies from the silent auction. This group brings awareness and answers to the human trafficking problems in Ellis County.
- In July 2019, the recipient selected for the funds from the silent auction was the Waxahachie Bible Church. This money was specified for the purchase of new sound equipment. The church is a community-oriented people, and they open up the building to many groups. The quilt guild uses the church and craft room for a variety of events. We appreciate the generosity of the church staff and wish to give back to them for what they give to us.
- For the year 2020, the CQGEC members voted for the Ellis Christian Women’s Job Corp to receive $1,500.00. The mission of Ellis Christian Women’s Job Corps is to equip women with the life and employment skills necessary for them to obtain self-sufficiency within their culture. For more information please go to the website: ecwjc.eba.life. They are located at: 3080 W. Hwy 287 Bypass; Waxahachie, TX 75167 (972)937-6620
**Creative Quilters Guild of Ellis County Student Scholarship
For the past three years, the Creative Quilters Guild of Ellis County has raised money for a scholarship fund that goes to a senior from any Ellis County High School. The only criteria are that they select a career and field of study in textiles. In 2018/2019: we gave two students $250.00 each. One was from Waxahachie High School, and the other was from Ennis High School. Both had been accepted to higher education schools, one being the Parson’s School of Design in New York City.
In the year 2020, another student from Ennis High School was unanimously voted by the scholarship committee to receive the scholarship. She will be the first in her family to attend a college and plans to go into fashion design! Due to the present circumstances regarding the corona virus restrictions, we were unable to personally award her the certificate. We mailed a graduation card and a check for $300.00 and congratulated her on the phone! The guild is excited to award these outstanding students money and encouragement for their career.