Three Rivers Quilters will hold their 30th annual Quilt show on March 21-23 at the IBEW Circuit Center, 5 Hot Metal Street, on South Side.
With more than 130 quilts on display, the quilt show is the largest held in Pittsburgh. Benefits from this quilt show are the only source of funding for the quilters’ community service projects. The event draws from all over the tri-state area – PA, WV, Ohio.
Some of the most impressive and far-reaching ways that Three Rivers Quilters encourages interest in the art of quilting are through its’ community service projects.
Each October members of Three Rivers Quilters donate crib-sized quilts to local charities. This annual giving began in the early 1980s and around 100 quilts are distributed each year. Approximately 3,000 quilts have been given to local charities such as Wrapped In Love, Womansplace, Ronald McDonald House and Angel’s Place.
When a child enters Angel’s Place for care, they are encouraged to choose one of the quilts supplied by Three Rivers Quilters to be their very own to use every day for naptime. When the child graduates from the program they take their quilt with them. These quilts become a permanent part of the child’s life and comfort.
Three Rivers Quilters have given quilts to this agency for many years, starting when they were called Mom’s House.
Members of Three Rivers Quilters have also made and donated quilts to The Ronald McDonald House. Four house-themed quilts, made specifically for The Ronald McDonald House, will be displayed in the upcoming show before being donated.
Members of Three Rivers Quilters also participate monthly in a “stitch-In” to benefit the Linus Project, a national organization that distributes homemade blankets to children in need. As a result of these sewing sessions, 30 quilts are contributed monthly.
The quilts are distributed locally to neonatal intensive care units at Magee, West Penn and AGH hospitals. Each baby receives their own quilt, which is used to cover their isolette and shield them from the glaring lights of the hospital unit.
When the baby leaves the NICU their quilt goes with them as a permanent reminder of how far they have come and how much they have survived. Because many quilters also have other talents, this group also knits and donates tiny mittens and hats to be used while the babies are in isolation.
Three Rivers Quilters is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization with no paid staff. They meet monthly at Baldwin Community United Methodist Church and sponsor activities during the month.