Community Service Projects

Soft Fleece or Flannel Comfort blankets for:

In 2012, the Club donated 73 blankets either directly to those listed below or to be included in the Baby Layettes.
In 2013, the Club donated 61 more.

OSF-St. Anthony's Medical Center Pediatric Unit, Rockford - (no fringe on these, please)
Durand Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) unit
Pecatonica EMT unit
Tri-City Ambulance

Questions to: Judy Norling


Baby Layettes for mothers in need:

Club members make or find gently-used baby clothing at garage sales. The clothing is cleaned, mended, and assembled into layettes for babies. The layette usually contains two sets of onezies, sleepers, a blanket, and socks, plus some baby notions. Snowsuits or other seasonal items might be added, when available.

In 2010, 157 sets of baby clothes were assembled
In 2011, 164 sets were assembled
In 2012, 137 layettes were assembled
In 2013, 134 layettes were assembled
In 2014, 131 layettes were assembled and donated to:

Mother Hubbard's Kiddie Cupboard, Freeport

Needed now: Baby clothes up to six month-size for winter.

Want to sew or donate? Questions to: Arletta Helms



A layette bundle is prepared for girls or boys
and contains quite a few items as shown below.

Members enjoy making little garments for the layettes.

Layette Boy
Layette Girl



The Veterans Project

In 2014, the Lena KOA campground donated more than 100 blocks to the Club to be used in quilts for veterans. Della Hamberg enlisted the sewing of Sue McCoy and quilting of Esther Dixon and Fran Waller to complete three quilts to be given to veterans.

The Lena KOA campground sewing is separately described below here.


As shown at our September 2013 meeting, Della Hamberg and Joyce Eneberg have created three quilts to be awarded to veterans, in thanks for their service. Two quilts will be donated to the Tomah Veterans Administration Medical Center in Tomah, WI. Esther Dixon and Fran Waller contributed the long arm quilting.

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2012: The Tomah Veterans Administration Medical Center in Tomah, WI was the recipient of 2 quilts to honor inductees into the Medical Center's Hall of Heroes in November 2012. Thanks to the efforts of Della Hamberg and Joyce Eneberg, and the quilting by Esther Dixon and Fran Waller, two more vets were honored for their service with quilts.


In 2011, the Tomah Veterans Administration Medical Center in Tomah, WI, received 16 quilts to honor inductees into the Medical Center's Hall of Heroes. With Veteran's Day falling on 11/11/11, the Center inducted two new members into the Hall, adding to the fourteen members previously inducted. Della Hamberg and Joyce Eneberg are coordinating the effort to collect red, white/cream, and blue fabrics and make blocks for quilt tops. Bonnie Edwards, Vicki Robbel, Esther Dixon, and Fran Waller contribute their skills at long-arm quilting to turn fabric into comfy quilts, many adorned with messages of thanks for the inductee's service.

Previous sewing from Scrapbag Quilt Club has included quilts to the Quilts of Valor project, the Wounded Warriors project, and quilts to the VA Hospital in Texas.

Questions or donations may be directed to project leader, Della Hamberg. Contact her at:

Quilt of ValorPile of Quilts


Quilt SigsHamberg


Wounded Warrior QuiltWounded Warrior Quilt

Hall of Heroes

The Hall of Heroes was the site of the ceremony honoring veterans in Tomah, WI on 11/11/11.



Fund Raising for our Community Service Projects

Silent Auction SilentAuction

Scrapbag Quilters holds a Silent Auction of handmade items every other year. The next Auction will be September 11 & 12, 2015, at the Community Room of the Durand State Bank, Durand IL. Bidding on paper for quilts, accessories, home decor, and baby things can be fun and economical. There is also a Cash 'n' Carry section for instant purchase of some items.

Money raised at this event is used to purchase fabric and notions for our community service projects and for education and programs.

The Quilt Group at OSF/St. Anthony's hospital in Rockford also contributes handmade items for the Auction.

Silent Auction

3D decorTurtle quilt





Bi-Annual Raffle Quilt

Alternating with the Silent Auction, every other year members create a quilt to be raffled during the summer. Money raised from the raffle is used to buy fabric and batting for community service projects.

The 2014 Raffle Quilt was won by Amy Sarullo, of Chicago (and part time at the Lake Summerset)

"Lovely in Lavender" is the title of this queen-sized quilt. Barb Saar organized members to do the sewing and also made two pillow cases and a decorative pillow to go with the quilt. Sue Drelicharz did lovely computerized long-arm quilting to complete the quilt. The quilt is made of cotton.

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Raffle Quilt 2014Raffle Quilt 2014

The 2013 Raffle Quilt was queen-sized and soft with flannel fabrics. Barb Saar coordinated the sewing of about twenty members to complete the quilt top. Fran Waller donated her time and expertise on her long-arm quilting machine to quilt it.

The drawing was held on Sept. 7 and the winner was Lolita Ditzler of Durand. Congratulations!

2013 Raffle Quilt2013Raffle Corner

RaffleCorner Raffle Quilt


The 2012 Raffle drawing was conducted at Biker Bash in Durand on September 8
and was won by Lake Summerset resident Nancy Stranski.




The 2011 Raffle Quilt was won on September 10, 2011. Lori Froehlich went home with the bed quilt. Sue McCoy won the wall hanging.

The "Granny's Stars" queen-sized quilt featured reproduction 1930's fabrics to complement the style of scrappy star blocks. The flower border is hand appliqued dimensional flower yo-yo's.

The quilting work was donated by long-arm machine-quilter Bonnie Edwards, (Bonnie's Quilting Coop, 815.541.0886 or email).



Club Outreach

Scrapbag Quilt Club strives to assist community members with their projects and
to promote the learning and enjoyment of quilts and sewing.

Logo Lena KOA Campground Sewing

Diane Long, the owner and host of the KOA certified campground in Lena, IL, has a “Helping Others and Giving Back” weekend where campers can sew blocks using red, white, and blue fabrics. The blocks are given to Scrapbag Quilt Club for assembly into quilts for veterans. Two members of the Club attended the September session to assist. More than 30 blocks resulted from the session.


Diane LongTeen

Vet Quilt





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