Giving back to the community has been an essential part of our business plan since we opened our doors in September of 2015, and here is list of what we have accomplished so far:
- Choose Kind Chicago. In October of last year, TQT challenged our customers to create a quilt block to be included in special commemorative quilts as part of Choose Kind Chicago, an anti-bullying event inspired by the book “Wonder”. We had such a wonderful response that we were able to create quilts for both the author of “Wonder”, RJ Palacio, and Mary Kate Lynch, the driving force behind Choose Kind.
- Operation Help-A-Hero. In June 2016, the city of Chicago held a drive to collect household items for veterans transitioning out of homelessness. TQT donated 8 handmade quilts and more than 70 pillowcases to this wonderful cause.
- On an on-going basis, TQT collects quilts and pillowcases which are donated to various organizations. Since we opened, we have donated nearly two dozen quilts and more than 100 pillowcases to organizations that provide shelter and support to families that are victims of domestic violence.
- In addition, TQT created fabric ribbons which were used in a ribbon cutting ceremony for a new domestic violence shelter that opened in our community.
In October 2017, TQT was recognized by A New Direction of Beverly/Morgan Park (AND) with its 2017 Partnership Award. AND provides counseling, support and advocacy to families dealing with domestic violence, all at no cost to them. Their motto is "You are not alone. It is not your fault.", and we could not agree more. TQT is honored to receive this Award, which we accepted on behalf of our generous and caring customers. Please keep the donations coming in support of A New Direction!
To learn more about A New Direction and the important work they do, click here.
Wondering how you can help? The Quilter's Trunk is a participating shop in the 1 Million Pillowcases Challenge, sponsored by American Patchwork & Quilting. We accept donations of handmade pillowcases and give them to various charities. Many of these charities are also happy to receive quilts. You can drop off pillowcases and/or quilts anytime at the shop. We even have free pillowcase patterns available - just ask! Pillowcases are quick and easy projects for any skill level and age. We have received numerous pillowcases created by kids!
For more information on the 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge, click here
To download a free pillowcase pattern, click here