DOQ Community activities

DOQ Community activities

Smocks for UNC Hospital NICU Patients

Introducing a New Project!

Guild members, Vicki Childers and Gail Kleimnan, brought this wee little project idea to the Outreach Committee. The UNC Hospital NICU needs smocks for neonatal babies. Since clothing for the smallest ones are virtually nonexistent, we hope our members will make micro and tiny smocks. The pattern comes in 4 sizes…micro (1-3 lbs), tiny (3-5 lbs), preemie (5-8 lbs) and newborn (8-11lbs). The smocks require minimal fabric and are quick to make. We will have samples at the Outreach table and a limited number of paper patterns.

The free pattern can be ordered from the website Everything Your Momma Made and More or you can get the pattern here.

NOTE: Pattern piece C is flipped backwards on this file, they are working on updating it ASAP as well as updating some of the directions from when it was originally designed 8 years ago. So either cut 2 mirror image for piece B or flip the pattern piece C over before tracing/cutting.

PRINTING: If you have trouble printing the correct size please check out this blog post to make sure you are using the correct settings

FABRICS: Use 100% Cotton Flannel or 100% Cotton Knit. You can use Cotton/Lycra Knits if they are soft. Holiday or seasonal fabrics are great choices too. You do NOT want to use Quilting Cotton as it takes multiple washes before it softens and it can irritate skin.

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Stitching North Carolina: The One Hundred County Quilt Project


Update! Our guild had been making some blocks for the 100 count NC quilt. As of July 1st, we are only missing 13 counties. The coordinators have contacted guilds and shops in those counties to help us, so we don’t need any others from our guild. 

During World War II, more young men from North Carolina were rejected from serving in the military because of health reasons than any other state. Not surprisingly, the state’s number of doctors and hospitals ranked near the bottom. North Carolina needed a state hospital!
Centralized Chapel Hill, where a two-year medical school, opened in 1879, was expanding to a four-year program, and was seen as the logical setting for the state hospital which would serve all of its people regardless of ability to pay. North Carolina Memorial Hospital opened for business on September 2, 1952, and has grown into five hospitals in the years since.

Before celebrating the opening of the N.C. Women’s and N.C. Children’s Hospitals on September 8, 2001, Joy Javits was tapped to lead a project that would represent all 100 counties served by the Hospitals. The response was enthusiastic and along with drawings of their county flag by children, and writings by women, a brilliant quilt made by many hands was the centerpiece at the celebration.

Large as the quilt was, 27 counties were not represented, but “holder” blocks were sewn in to provide a place for them. The quilt, as well as the poems and county flags toured 18 counties over seven years. This past fall, Javits, along with Valarie Schwartz, had the idea of furthering the project and continuing the tour.



Joy Javits
410 Tadley Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 j
919.929.5355 or 919.593.6512

Valarie Schwartz

Gwen Konsler

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Quilts for Independent Animal Rescue

Independent Animal Rescue

At the June 19 Guild Meeting, the Outreach Committee presented quilts and quilted items to Independent Animal Rescue for their Painted Chair Fundraiser. Included among the creations donated were: appliqué and pieced quilts, a quilt painting, and a purse. Thank you to all who participated.

Submitted by: Ruth Brenner
Outreach Committee

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Blue Line Kids HALOS Program

At the May 15, 2017 DOQ Guild meeting, the Outreach Committee presented Krystal Paylor, the North Carolina Assistant Director and East Coast Quilt Distributor of the National Alliance for Law Enforcement Support, with a collection of quilts made for the BLUE LINE KIDS HALOS Program. This program supports children and teens that have lost a parent in the line of duty.

The quilt designs were chosen by the quilters who created them with sizes ranging from large lap quilts to twin size quilts.

Specials thanks to the Donation committee and Tuesday Morning Quilters at the Senior Center in Hillsborough.

Submitted by: Ruth Brenner
Outreach Committee

Fidget Quilts

Frequently, patients with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia get fidgety hands. Fidget quilts are a soothing thing to those patients because the quilt gives their hands something to do. DOQ will be donating our quilts to Memory Care Units in Durham, Orange and Chatham counties.


Finished quilts should be lap size, either square or rectangular. Approximately 20×20 or place-mat size. Exact size does not matter. Quilts must be durable and washable by hand.

The front may be patchwork pieced with a variety of sensory fabrics. Suggested fabrics include velvet, corduroy, silk, tulle, fake fur, suede, wool, knits, chenille, tapestry, fleece, blue jeans, terry cloth and many others! It can also be a solid fabric or a cloth place-mat with lots of other fabrics and embellishments appliquéd to it.

Any items appliquéd to the surface must be very securely attached. Items may be topstitched on or can be encased in a seam. Double or triple stitch all attachments. Allow part of the attachment to be free, such as loops of ribbons, etc.

Use a fabric that is not slippery for the back such as flannel, fleece, minky, or corduroy. Hem tape, fabric, or ribbons can be sewn to edges to be used as ties in order to secure the quilt to the chair or patient if necessary. Batting is optional; use it if your top seems flimsy.

Fidget1There are many methods for finishing the quilt. The traditional method with quilting of the three layers together with binding is one, but is probably the most labor intensive. Instead of binding, edges could be finished with stitching, pinking and a zigzag satin stitch if the fabric ravels. The pillowcase method is easier to do with right sides being sewn together and then turned. A fabric can also be simply topstitched to the back. In both these methods, topstitching can then be done to secure all the layers together. A sturdy sewing machine (not your lightweight travel machine) and walking foot is highly recommended.

Suggestions for attachments are endless! Buttons, zippers, snaps, buckles, velcro, ribbons, shoelaces, plastic beads on a string, men’s ties, lace, yarn, netting, onion bags, fake fur, tulle, rick rack, fancy machine stitches, bells, small stuffed toys, crochet or knit scraps.

If you need further ideas or instructions, there are many links to explore. Some of these quilts sell for $80.00 online! Have fun with Google, Google Images, Pinterest and Etsy.

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Therapy Dolls and Snoedels

SnoedelDOQ has two ongoing projects to support the families of infants who are hospitalized. Links to the patterns and directions can be found below. Please bring completed dolls to the regular DOQ guild meetings.

The first project is making small therapy dolls to give to children whose baby brother or sister is in the hospital. The simple stuffed dolls can be used to explain what is happening to the baby, and be held and cuddled by the older brother or sister.  Therapy Doll Pattern

The second project is making snoedels for premature infants. The first  Snoedel was created by a Dutch woman inspired by the birth of a friend’s premature infant. The Dutch word “snoedel” means “snuggle”. The mother (or father) keeps the snoedel close to there skin where they absorb and retain their scent. Then when held or placed near a newborn or infant the scent is slowly released to comfort the baby.  Snoedels are used in the NICU to minimize infant stress, comfort parents, and to continue the baby/parent bonding process when babies are separated from their mothers following birth and placed in incubators.  Snoedel Directions

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Love Quilts Project

Love08Members of DOQ participated in the St. Peter’s Love Quilt Project last year.

The St. Peter’s Love Quilt Project was developed to give quilts to orphan children in South Africa who have lost their parents to AIDS. Art squares are created by children in schools, church groups, scout troops, etc., to depict their messages of love to the orphan children. Quilts using these squares are made by volunteers in the local area and beyond. The completed quilts are collected and sent to orphaned children in South Africa by St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Arlington, Virginia.

See more pictures of the quilts in our online gallery.

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