For over 35 years, the members of Carquinez Strait Stitchers have been reaching out to the community to lighten the burden of those in need by providing comfort quilts and other items.  We make these quilts knowing they provide not only warmth for bodies, but also comfort for souls.  We are proud to have provided hundreds of quilts and other items to Solano County men, women and children.  Every time we make one of these quilts we are saying, “We care about you.  You are special.”  Community Outreach is an integral part of our guild and we are happy that together we can make an important difference in our community.

CSS currently is making quilts that are donated to “Books ‘n Blankies”, a program promoting literacy for children under the age of 5.  In the recent past we have donated quilts to Solano County Veterans, the Benicia Police Department, The Family Resource Center, and Johanna’s House.  This year, our quilts will also be given to teens and pre-teens spending the year-end holidays at a psychiatric facility in Vallejo, and to victims of the recent fires.

Each year we make holiday gifts for Benicia Community Action Council to distribute to participants of Meals-On-Wheels and for Holiday Connection to distribute to low-income seniors.  Last year we made them all quilts.  This year we made shopping tote bags and are filling them with various useful items. 

Other regular projects include making colorful pillowcases provided to Camp Royal, a summer camp program for foster children, and making flannel covers for the Intensive Care Nursery at Kaiser, Vallejo.  New ideas from Guild members are always welcome.

How you can help

- Attend a Community Outreach Workshop.  We work to facilitate the program by organizing donated materials, making kits for quilt tops, pillowcases and flannel covers, and working on all parts of the quilt-making process.

Location:  The workshops are held on the Second Friday of the month at the Heritage Presbyterian Church at 1400 East 2nd St.  

- Attend a third Thursday activity meeting concentrating on Community Outreach projects.  These are usually held once or twice a year.  See Program for a listing.  We can always use help with the many tasks involved, including basting, sewing and machine quilting.  Members may bring sewing machines, but there are lots of tasks to do by hand as well.

- Take home a kit to sew:  At a regular business meeting, pick up a pre-packaged kit and take it home to sew up as you have time.  For quilts, you may add back and batting and complete by quilting and binding OR just return the sewn top to any CSS meeting.

- Machine quilt tops at home.

- Sew binding on tops at home.

- Donate unused quilting weight cotton fabric that is not musty from storage.  If you are pre-washing, please use unscented soap and fabric softeners.  We are always in need of 2 yard pieces for quilt backing.  Juvenile and teen fabrics for pillowcases need to be full width of fabric and 27" long for bodies or 10" for the cuff.

If you are making donation quilt tops on your own or deciding what to do with your time, here are the approximate sizes which best serve most of our recipients:

40” x 40” Toddler quilts in bright colors

40” x 60” Adult / Seniors

It is most convenient for assembly if tops can fit on one width of fabric for the back, so 40” is a great width.

If you are cutting scraps, here are the preferred sizes:

2 1/2" strips, 5" squares, 6-1/2" squares, 10" squares


Any size you want to donate