Deanna Davis Community Quilt Project (DDCQP)
Our only rule is that making quilts for our special children not cause stress but just the good feeling that comes when you are in the groove doing something you love. There are many ways for you to participate:
Volunteer with groups
- Deanna Davis Communitiy Quilt Project Work Days
- 980 Stannage Ave, Albany, CA 94706
- Contact: EBHQ.DDCQP@gmail.com
- Held in conjunction with Saturday
Drop-In on the third Saturday of most months. Many of our dedicated volunteers have been coming monthly for over 20 years. New volunteers are always warmly
welcomed and encouraged to join in this activity. Supplies are provided. Just bring your helping hands and willing hearts.
- Deanna Davis Communitiy Quilt Project, Alameda Branch
- Contact: Jean Wolslegel (510) 521-7105
- This group has given us 3000+ guilts over the years
- Pacifica Senior Living (formerly Salem Lutheran Retirement Home)
- 2361 East 29th Oakland, CA 94606
- Contact: June Vonich (510) 339-1525
- This group has made 4000+ quilts for us over the years
Volunteer some of your time at home
- Orinda Community Church Quilters
- 110 Miramonte Drive, Orinda, 94563
- Contact: Rudy Thomas (925) 254-5585
- This group has given us 5600+ quilts for distribution over the years.
- Sew EBHQ packaged quilt kits into tops
- Piece your own patterns for tops
- Tie or machine quilt tops with backs
- Sew on first and/or final side of bindings
- Cut and assemble quilt kits
- Donate tops, completed quilts, UFO's
- Donate fabric and supplies. Quilting weight cottons and sewing supplies that are not musty from storage are always welcome. If you are prewashing, please use unscented soap and fabric softeners. If your donations are not useful for our quilts we will see that they are shared with other non-profit organizations, schools or recycling centers.
- Toiletry samples
- Larger pieces of batting that could be pieced.
EBHQ member Ingrid Pelton is known as “our quilt fairy” to many of our
volunteers. Every two or three months Ingrid delivers a huge stack of
completed children’s quilts just like this all ready for distribution.
In 1988, one woman in Berkeley decided to make a quilt to comfort a child with AIDS. Friends and neighbors soon joined the effort, and then more and more joined. As the years passed, the network of volunteers in Children's Quilt Project (CQP) grew to reach every state and six foreign countries. After eight years, Diane Dehler, the founder and Executive Director of CQP officially closed the non-profit organization, stating, “I feel that we have served our purpose of educating the public about the need of babies and children living with AIDS for comfort and love. When CQP first started, we were the only voice at national AIDS conferences for these children. As the needs and numbers were brought to the attention of quilters across the country, their outpouring of love and concern helped to develop education and understanding.
When CQP officially closed in 1996 thousands of community organizations across the nation had developed new networks to provide comfort to three groups of special children: children living with AIDS and HIV disease, children born drug-addicted and homeless children. At this time, the Executive Board of East Bay Heritage Quilters voted to act as the coordinating organization to continue CQP established activities in the Greater Bay Area under the name of Children's Quilts/East Bay Heritage Quilters.
EBHQ member Deanna Davis tirelessly organized and led the Children's
Quilt Project from 1988 until her death in March, 2015. During Deanna's tenure CQP distributed an average of 1200 quilts each year. Her impact was so great that now a committee is needed to fill her shoes. After Deanna's death, EBHQ's Board of Directors voted to rename Children's Quilts/EBHQ to Deanna Davis Community Quilt Project (DDCQP).
Deanna arrives at Saturday CQP
Sometimes when your donated
fabric comes in to be sorted it is so cute a volunteer sorter just
can't resist and has to sit right down and sew up a quilt top herself
immediately! This sweet quilt is the result from Susan Dague's machine
today.Thank you Susan and thank you donor!
quilt and photo by Susan Dague