Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Charity Downsizing

I have been the "hospice philanthropy" person at my guild for I believe about 2 1/2 years. I told them last night that I will be stepping down in May. I really enjoy the coordination of the whole thing. I have made kits, pieced together batting, made some backings and delivered the quilts to Hospice House which always makes my day when I can take a huge bag of wonderful quilts. When I took on the job I tried to keep it mostly the coordination effort and to quilt one of the quilts now and then between customer jobs.

In the last year I have had to beg people to help me keep on top of the quilting load with very little success making the job a chore instead of something I love to do.

So I kind of feel bad/guilty that I won't be doing it anymore but feel a sense of freedom also in that I will be able to make some charity quilts from start to finish for a change. Hospice will still by my charity of choice for quilting but will be a lesser scale.

I hope that someone who feels the same about hospice will pick up the job and energize the guild to get quilts done. I really think a new person tackling jobs every couple of years really freshens up ideas etc.

I did receive a couple donations of finished hospice quilts last night and a couple more back from binding so will try and have those pictures to post later.



Quilting from Robin's Nest said...

You made a tough decision, but I think that you are right. There is a time and season for everything. Who knows, in a few years you may gear up again, but if not, you sound like the kind of woman who will continue to do good works of some sort. Only you and God know what is in your heart. Personally, I think you have done a marvelous service for others.

Mary said...

I think there comes a time when you have to set some limits. For me it was over a year ago that I realized if I wanted to do any quilting other tops made and donated by others I needed to stop accepting everything but HeartStrings tops. I still quilt and donate lots of quilts but now I have time for more piecing.

kwiltnkats said...

I certainly understand the need to change things up a bit and the feelings you find yourself with. You have done a great service and it's time to pass the torch...freshen things up a bit for sure. Sandi

Lori said...

Its an opportunity for someone else to enjoy it like you do. They just need nudge!