Road to California has a long history of supporting quilt guilds. Traditionally, at the in-person show, quilt guilds man tables in the main hall of the Ontario Convention Center each of the four days of the show. Quilt guilds are there to advertise the accomplishments of their guild, upcoming guild quilt shows, as well as display their opportunity quilt and ask for donations via their quilt guild drawing.
With the postponement of the in-person show, Road@Home still found a way to include quilt guilds into the online show. Interested quilt guilds signed up to virtually bring attention to the great work they are doing in their communities, including the Valley Modern Quilt Guild.
Supporting Quilting in the San Fernando Valley
The Valley Modern Quilt Guild (VMQG) supports quilters throughout the suburb areas located in the vast San Fernando Valley, north of downtown Los Angeles. The guild became a member of the Modern Quilt Guild in 2015 with the intention for members to come together to hear lectures from modern quilters, sew together as a group, and inspire one another.
The mission of the Valley Modern Quilt Guild is to:
- Develop and encourage the art of modern quilting.
- Work with other guilds and groups with a similar purpose.
- Encourage new quilters in the aesthetic of modern quilting.
- Offer educational opportunities through classes, workshops and sharing of information.
- Support and provide opportunity for charity or other works that provide back to the community through the use of modern quilting skills.
They meet monthly in Van Nuys on the fourth Monday of the month in the evening. The Sunday afternoon before the General Meeting, the guild hosts a Zoom Sew-In that allows members to connect while sewing at home.
Community Organizations that the Valley Modern Quilt Guild support include:
FOSTER CHILDREN’S RESOURCE CENTER- Located in Northridge, the Center helps children from Newborn to age 21 (about 1800 annually) in the foster care system for the San Fernando Valley and Santa Clarita Valley areas. VMQG sews pillowcases as an ongoing project for the Foster Children’s Resource Center. “The clients get to pick their new pillowcase and fill it with the new items that are provided at the Center. When they go home, they put their new pillowcase on their pillow and have a constant and positive reminder that others are thinking of them.”
HAVEN HILLS – Since 1977, Haven Hills in Canoga Park, has provided safety, shelter and support to all victims of domestic violence while working to break the cycle of abuse. They service over 3000 people a year. The Valley Modern Quilt Guild creates quilts on an ongoing basis for Haven Hills.
OPERATION MEND – With dignity and respect, powered by volunteers, MEND’s mission is to break the bonds of poverty by providing basic human needs and a pathway to self-reliance. Located in Pacoima, the guild donates pillowcases.
CATS: Another organization that the guild supports by donating pillowcases isThe Center for Assault Treatment Services, a 24-hour response for sexual abuse or assault based out of Northridge Hospital.
Thank you, Valley Modern Quilt Guild, for inspiring quilters and giving back to your community. To learn more about the Valley Modern Quilt Guild, please visit their website.