Community Service is important to the members of the Venice Area Quilters' Guild.  


Just look at those smiles!! Left to right- Linda Pierce, Holly Bucciarelli, Lisa Voigt.

Holly B delivered 56 quilts to Tidewell Hospice in November 2018. They absolutely loved the quilts! They were running low, as they only had four left, so they were ecstatic when they received so many quilts, especially with the holidays coming up. They said the families really do appreciate the quilts knowing they were made with love.

They will share the quilts with the Port Charlotte and Sarasota locations.

Tidewell Hospice also requested some quilts for their veterans. Red, white and blue or a theme specific to a branch of the military. They only have one left.   Any size is great.

Click here for information on making Charity Quilts.


Fall 2018 - We delivered 80 quilts and 32 bibs to Children First for the Head Start kids. 

Another batch of quilts was delivered to Tidewell Hospice.  Click to read the lovely thank you letter.

If you have a surplus of children's themed fabric or bright solids, don't put them on the "Free Table", instead give them to Community Service.  They would love your donations.  If you need kits or quilt ideas, see Holly Bucciarelli or Margaret LoBianco.

The Seam Ripper Circle delivered quilts to representatives of  the Venice and Englewood Tidewell Hospice facilities in October 2015. 

In August 2015, the Seam Rippers Circle delivered 170 Head Start quilts to programs in Venice and North Port.  The children (and staff) love them.

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Another of our many  good deeds was saving scraps to make dog beds.  Pet Bed

Barbara A. Smith, President of the Venice Area Historical Society, expresses her appreciation to Mary Johnson, President, Venice Area Quilters Guild, for the donation of a handmade circus themed heirloom quilt at the Society's May meeting. Circus quilt
Jane Sjoberg, donor, and Marge Buchanan of the Society Board of Directors display the quilt.

The quilt was made as part of a challenge competition in which individual VAQG members made quilt squares with a circus theme. The squares were then made into two quilts. This particular quilt was raffled within the Guild and won by member Jane Sjoberg. Jane wanted the quilt to be enjoyed by all residents as part of the City’s circus heritage. Ms. Smith expressed the Society’s appreciation for the donation, noting that it will always be a treasured artifact of Venice.
The Society is spearheading a project to place a restored circus train car on the campus of the historic Venice Train Depot. Additional donations are necessary for the “Preserve the Venice Depot’s Circus Train Heritage” campaign to meet the funding goal of $225,000. They may be sent to Circus Train Car, Caldwell Trust, 1400 Center Road, Venice, FL 34293. For more information, contact or call 941-408-1729.

Head Start 2014

The guild received a lovely thank you in the Spring Edition of the Children First's newsletter.  Click to view

186 Head Start quilts were delivered to the children entering the 2014-15 Programs by the Seam Ripper Circle.

Join us on Sunday March 15, 2015 at Quilting Day to watch us making these quilts.

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In June and August, we made 65 sets of Seat Belt Pad & Tissue Kits.  These were packaged with Breast Cancer resource information and delivered to Sarasota Memorial Hospital for women undergoing surgery for breast cancer.  The Breast Health Center need 5-10 kits a week.  If you would like to help make more,, instructions can be downloaded here:  Seat Belt Pad  and Tissue Holder

Delivering the check.

Seashell Sisters Francine Lavenbarg and Jean Campbell delivered $1332 to the South County Food Pantry on December 13, 2013.  Also pictured is Phil Ruffini, volunteer at the Food Pantry.  We donated over $3700 to the Food Pantry in 2014.


We donated a Holiday mini quilt to the National Quilt Museum for their "Quilts for Quilting" fundraising campaign. 

If you visit Paducah, be sure to see the museum.



Our members make quilts for many worthwhile area organizations. Our primary recipients are the children in our local Head Start programs. Since 1999, we have delivered quilts for each child entering the program.

 Left- Nap quilt in use at the Northport Children First Facility.

Right-Linda and Betty delivering Head Start quilts in August, 2012

We hold a food drive for the South County Food Pantry in October.

At our Annual Holiday Dinner we donate:

We make annual donations to local Non-Profits

At our Biennial Quilt Show: