Breast Cancer Patient Support Since 2008, we have provided Anti-ouch Pouches to the Breast Cancer Resource Center of Texas, a patient support organization for women with breast cancer. Anti-ouch pouches are wedge shaped pillows with a shoulder strap, used to provide comfort after breast surgery. Kits are available at each Guild meeting. We also make Kangaroo Pouches which are used to hold drainage bulbs following surgery.
Learning with Quilts In 2014, we launched a program to introduce the quilting arts to elementary school children as part of our education mission. Books that incorporate quilts in their story, along with a replica of the quilt are provided to local school libraries.
Readers are Leaders This project complements Learning with Quilts. Area public libraries are given funding to purchase books from the Learning with Quilts book list. Having seen the books and accompanying quilts at school, children and their families may then check out these books and share them at home.
Habitat for Humanity Habitat for Humanity is a worldwide program to assist needy folks to have a home in which they have participated in the construction of the house. One family per year is helped to have a home in the Guild area. Guild members make quilts for each family member; the quilts are presented to the families as they move into their completed homes.
Burnet County Area Fair The Fair is a 50+ year tradition in Burnet County. It is open to residents of the Counties of Burnet, Bell, Blanco, Lampasas, San Saba, Travis and Williamson for participation. The Highland Lakes Quilt Guild has provided the backbone of support to the Quilt Division through the use of our quilt stands, members volunteering to set up and present the quilts and, many times judging the Division.
The Library Quilts In the year 2000, the very first meeting of the soon to be Marble Falls Quilt Club met at the Marble Falls Library. For many years, the library opened their meeting room to the quilters in the area. We added membership and eventually out-grew the meeting room. We now display a quilt behind the front desk area in appreciation to the library for its support, and to provide education regarding quilting and it's traditions. Quilts usually change monthly.
Scholarship Project This was a new project in 2018. HLQG resented scholarships to three Texas Tech students, $1000 each to complete a one year program allowing them to earn a bachelor degree and teaching certificate. This is a new program at Tech called "Two Plus One" now available in Burnet County.
Cryotherapy Mitts Providing hand and foot cold-mitts for cancer patients being treated with Doxil. This is used for women with advanced ovarian cancer and other cancers like Kaposi's sarcoma or multiple myeloma. A side effect is Hand-Foot Syndrome, leading to tingling or burning, redness, flaking, bothersome swelling, small blisters, or small sores on palms of hands or soles of feet. Patients must keep their hands and feet very cold for the first 48 hours of treatment to mitigate side-effects. Members sew the mitts and fill with special water-storing crystals purchased by HLQG.