In July 2016 several EGA members worked with 8 elementary school students for about 10 hours one week. As we talked about telling our stories through stitching, each student worked on her own "Fabric Storyscape" project.
For most, this was a first introduction to using fabric, needles and thread to design and create a story quilt. The girls' enthusiasm blossomed during the week as they worked around the table learning new stitches, found out how to layer a quilt sandwich and had an opportunity to help quilting the final project. They were proud to write artist statements and to share their story quilts at our fall EGA Needlework Show.
Several EGA members joined Nancy Daly at Hawthorne Elementary School in Madison to work with 350 students on an all-school quilt to be hung at the nearby William T. Evjue Access Clinic. Students had previously designed and made their applique pieces for the quilt in March, Nancy did the layout of the complete quilt top and in early May helped guide EGA members in teaching the children to sew on each of their pieces. With classes of 15-25 students at a time, it was a busy and exciting week as many girls and boys learned beginning sewing skills for the first time. Said one 3rd grader after her turn to sew when asked if she would like to do some more, "Oh yes! I’m just getting the hang of this now, it’s fun!". The finished quilt was brought to a chapter meeting for all members to see.
EGA members were delighted to share our love of stitching with the new generation of young fiber artists.
Our relationship with DAIS started in 2013/2014 with our members making a custom quilt celebrating the "Dawning of a New DAIS" and the grand opening of their new shelter.
In 2015 we began an on-going project making colorful pillowcases for all the women and children served by DAIS. The first year we donated 229 pillowcases and in 2016 we donated 296, as well as boxes of toiletries and school supplies collected at our summer social. Our chapter holds workshops three times a year for members to make pillowcases and then members continue to make them in between. We generally deliver on or near the second Friday of even numbered months.
In the spring of 2016 our Outreach Committee met with DAIS to decide on two group stitch projects – "Around the Rainbow" and "Quaker Virtues" which members are currently working on to complete. When finished, these will hang at the DAIS facility.
Our Madison EGA Chapter continues to reach out to DAIS in ways beyond our bi-monthly pillowcase deliveries. Members have been working for almost a year on two group stitched pieces. We are pleased to share our joy in stitching as it supports our connection with DAIS and the important work they do.