Community Service

EBHQ members have a long history of sharing quilting expertise, time, and love with others. Individual members often make beautiful raffle quilts for fund raising efforts in local schools and organizations.  The Deanna Davis Community Quilt Project (previously Children's Quilt Project) volunteers donate over 1000 quilts a year to local children and youth organizations. Community Quilt volunteers have also stitched full size quilts to comfort several communities affected by California fires and other natural disasters. And, our healing quilts have anonymously comforted local young people affected by unspeakable violence.

The Latest Community Quilt News

The guild had a wonderful time September 19 at Drop-in working on quilts for the folks of Lake County.   The next day we were able to send 30 adult and 30 child size quilts to the victims of the valley fire with the Alameda County Reserve Firefighters.

Special thanks to Carolyn Weil, Susan Dague, Marcia Alpert, and Jean Wolslegel for putting this work day together on such short notice, and to all who helped on Saturday.

And here's a Facebook thank you from a Lake County quilt recipient.

On our September 9, 2014 Drop-In the final stitches were sewn on the labels of 18 family sized quilts for survivors of the Napa August 24 earthquake. The Napa guild has a section of volunteers who produce community outreach quilts. The leader of this group identified 18 people in the area to be comforted by receiving one of EBHQ’s big emergency quilts. .  Take a look at these beautiful quilts. (iPad/iPhone users click here.)

napa quilts

EBHQ Members:  A New Way to Contribute Your Talents

A new delivery system is now in place to get 10-12 of our quilts a month delivered to the Kaiser NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.) The size needed is 38 by 46 inches. This specific size will be used as an incubator cover and will dull the machine noises and lights in the nursery as well as cheer the parents and hospital staff with the happy colors and patterns. The quilt will go home with its own infant at the end of the hospital stay.  If the infant does not survive, the parents decide if the quilt stays with their babe or comes home to comfort the family. So much love is stitched into each one of our quilts. It is amazing how many hearts they touch.

This delivery to infants will be added to the task list for volunteers that EBHQ continues to develop. If you would like to help with some aspect of the delivery system for the 1000+ quilts that EBHQ distributes each year, please e-mail


Additionally, our quilts have been sent with love and healing wishes to survivors of Hurricane Katrina; women in recovery from surgical fistula repair at the Heal Africa Hospital in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo; newborns in Bacho, Tanzania; earthquake victims in Joplin, Missouri; and survivors of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

You are most welcome to join us in our current quilt projects:
  • Quilts of Valor  This foundation collects and distributes quilts called Quilts of Valor (QOV's) to service members and veterans. This foundation is not about politics. It's about people. EBHQ members donate quilts and fabric to this non-profit through our Community Quilts distribution system.

quilt and photo by Deanna Davis

EBHQ Grant Application Information

Did you know EBHQ can issue grant money to qualified organizations? 

The Executive Board may make grant(s) to an organization which is in compliance with Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code.  Grant money must support the purposes of EBHQ and are subject to applicable sections of the EBHQ by laws (see Grant Rules).

The purpose of EBHQ is to preserve and continue the traditions, culture, and history of quilting; to promote fellowship among interested persons in all aspects of quilting; to contribute to the knowledge of and to promote the appreciation of fine quilts; to sponsor and support quilting activities; to encourage quilt making and collection; to contribute to the growth of knowledge of quilting techniques, textiles, patterns, and quilt makers through educational meetings and travel.

If your organization is interested in applying for a grant, please complete The Grant Application Form which must be submitted in full by the last Tuesday of February. If the Executive Board approves the request, the grant will be awarded in May. 

Sasha Fleishman
 enjoying the beautiful quilt sent for comfort and love by East Bay Heritage Quilters after being burned on a bus ride home from school in Berekeley. Debbie Crandall, mother, writes to say, "I hope you can share this with whomever made it. Sasha LOVES it and so do we! Sasha is home now and feels all warm and snuggly under it. Thank you all so much."

News about recent EBHQ quilt projects:

Here's a heart-warming letter from a quilt recipient in Colorado.

I just received a quilt from a friend in Lyons, who told me that the community was sent quilts from your group after our flood. I hope this thank you is going to the appropriate place. The quilt is beautiful blue colors. I LOVE it and am sure it was made and given with much care and concern. My friend picked it out for me some time ago, but since I am still displaced from Lyons it took a while for us to meet , so she could give it to me. I live in the hardest hit area of my beloved little town. It will be a long while before I will be able to live in my home. It’s so hard to be separated from my special community. It’s been overwhelming how much help we have gotten, in so many ways, to help us thru this unimaginable challenging time. Bless all of you! Your kindness and thoughtfulness will not be forgotten. It’s unbelievable how much love there is in the world. I use the lovely quilt every night.

With tears of appreciation

Pam Barnes
Lyons Colorado

  • Heal Africa Hospital, Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo   Do you sometimes get  discouraged and think that one person cannot make a difference. This touching article tells the story of the founder of the hospital where we sent our quilts to help heal women in Africa. Because of the current turmoil in Goma more quilts cannot be safely distributed at this time. Financial support of this hospital is always welcomed and hopefully, again sharing our quilts may be possible in the future.

Thank You From Africa
Nurses and midwives in Bacho, Tanzania sing thanks for our EBHQ baby quilts:   "We mothers of KAMM* (an acronym meaning "improving health for women and children) we say a lot of thank you to you. Thank you for doing the nice things to us. Thank you for making the small blankets for our new babies. We say Karibu Dareda/Bacho (Welcome to Dareda/Bacho.) Please thank all the ladies of your quilting guild for bringing such joy to the lives of the villagers in Tanzania."