HUGS is a guild project that provides handmade quilts created by MCQG members (usually by MANY hands!) for residents living in the Bow Valley who are receiving chemotherapy treatments at the Canmore General Hospital as well as for Guild members who have become seriously ill.
Mountain Cabin Quilters Guild wished to participate in a Community project. It was decided to make warm and comforting quilts for Bow Valley residents receiving chemotherapy treatments an the Canmore General Hospital. Chemotherapy treatments are lengthy and take place in a cool room. Hence the HUGS project was born in June 2012.
In April 2012 more than a dozen members formed a “working bee” and contributed by cutting, sewing, quilting and binding. Labels were attached and pictures were taken. Several kits were made available to members who wanted to sew a quilt top. HUGS quilts typically measure 50 x 70 inches which is large enough to cover the patients while in their chemotherapy chairs.
This project is open to all members of our guild regardless of their level of skill; work bees are currently organized regularly to keep up with the demand for these quilts. The guild has an annual budget for this project and members also donate fabric and their time. and flannel for the backing.
A patient, who wishes to receive a HUGS quilt has the opportunity to select a quilt from photographs of available quilts kept in a binder at the Hospital. The selected quilt is delivered to the patient in a matching carrying bag and it is theirs to keep. Since inception more than 175 quilts had been donated.