Handmade quilts have been symbols of care and community for centuries, and Quota clubs on two different continents have recently used quilts both as a way to come together as club members and as a way to show their Quota spirit to the world.
In Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A., Quota club members Carolyn Deering and Hazel Kath made a quilt version of the American flag. Not only did this quilt show off the patriotism and quilting skills of these ladies, but when it was auctioned, the proceeds benefited Angel Flights, a national organization based in Oklahoma that arranges flights for medical and charitable purposes. The Atlanta Quotarians were most impressed by the group’s own charitable efforts on behalf of Hurricane Katrina victims, which helped inspire their own volunteer work to create the beautiful quilt.
In Australia, District 35 Quotarians worked together in a similar effort by assembling an angel quilt that included blocks made by each of the 10 clubs in the district. This quilt was raffled off at an event hosted by one of the clubs working on the quilt project, Quota of Narooma. With over Aus.$2,700 raised, the fund-raiser was a great success—and an amazing way to raise awareness of Tuberous Sclerosis. The proceeds helped produce a DVD about this painful illness, including diagnosis and treatment information previously unavailable in the country.
Two Quota clubs in District 34, also in Australia, have had the same GREAT IDEA for a few years—hosting annual quilt shows that display their talents and help their communities. Murgon and Maleny in Queensland both displayed handcrafted items to the public and sold them to benefit Quota. Beyond offering beauty and warmth to the lucky folks who took the quilts home, these Quotarians raised thousands of dollars for future service.
While Quota of Boonah, also in Queensland, didn’t make a quilt, club members were inspired by a quilt that a nineteenth-century town had used as a fund-raiser to start another GREAT IDEA. These Quotarians created a signature board where local residents could sign their names for a few dollars each in support of heart health. The board went everywhere with the club, and they eventually raised Aus.$5,500 to give the Boonah District Hospital a much-needed heart monitor. While this essential service is invaluable for the future of the community, the Boonah Quotarians also united people of all ages around an important health issue that can touch any life. In fact, three teenagers signed the Board in honor of their grandfather while a grandmother signed in honor of her coming grandchild.