The Old Capitol Quilters Guild sewed up a partnership with the Community Foundation of Johnson County (CFJC) this past summer. Guild members created a beautiful, unique red and white quilt.
The quilt, designed and pieced by Diedre Fleener, and machine quilted by Miki Miller, was raffled in conjunction with the Old Capitol Quilters Guild's "Quilt Fest." The venue was held at the First United Methodist Church during the Iowa Arts Festival.
The Quilt Guild partnered with the Community Foundation donating the proceeds from the quilt raffle to funds to be awarded in the category of Arts, Culture, and Humanities during granting cycle. The bold red and white fabric art raised more than $3,100.
Guild member and former CFJC board and grant review committee member Kristin Summerwill said the partnership with the Community Foundation was a unique opportunity to aid the community and further the Old Capitol Quilters Guild's service component. "The Community Foundation encourages partnering with Johnson County organizations. In doing so, organizations have the benefit of participating in an established granting process that ensures their funds are used well to benefit all areas of our community. All of the quilt raffle's promotional materials noted that proceeds would be donated to the Community Foundation of Johnson County – which helped boost ticket sales!"
Mike Stoffregen, CFJC executive director, said connecting with community organizations is a great collaboration for both organizations. "Johnson County service clubs are great fund-raisers, and the Community Foundation offers a process to accept, score and award grants for important programs and services. We've developed a thorough online application and a wonderful group of dedicated volunteers who review each application."