On the second, fourth and fifth Thursdays of the month from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. the Fireside Room at Memorial is buzzing with the hum of sewing machines and cheerful women's voices. The ladies share stories and create one of a kind gifts of Christian love to share with others, where comforts may be scarce or the warm hug of a homemade quilt may be needed. They make beautiful quilts that are given to various agencies in the area and world-wide.
The quilting ministry officially began in 1991 with the ladies of Memorial making quilts to donate to Lutheran World Relief and to area shelters for the homeless. One of the current members began making quilts at Memorial with the Lutheran Women's Missionary League sewing guild in 1966. In 2009, 200 quilts were stitched and given to several different programs including: Ray Hickey Hospice House, VA Hospital, Lutheran World Relief, SW Washington Medical Center's Love Quilts program, the Lioness, First Responders, Lutheran Community Services, Share House, Open House Ministries, Memorial Lutheran Block Party, Memorial Lutheran Shut-ins, and Christmas quilts for the Christmas food baskets. Quilts are also sent with Memorial's Mission to Mexico missionaries.
You don't need to know how to sew to be part of the quilting ministry. Everyone's talents are utilized and appreciated. It is a wonderful way for Christian women to gather in support of each other and to share in the purpose of serving others.
The Quilters do not meet during August.
It was 1991 when the Quilters group got started and it was part of the Lydia Guild (a women's group) when I joined shortly after my retirement in 1995. Vera joined a couple years later. The group originally sent the quilts to Lutheran World Relief. We still do, but have expanded our giving to OpenHouse Ministries, Linus Project, Veteran's Hospital, Share House, and Lutheran Community Services. The photo shows one of our quilts on the bed of a family in Mexico that was delivered by our Mission to Mexico missionaries.
We average 100 quilts a year and 100 lap robes. The lap robes are given to Peace Health Hospital for their hospice program.
A lot of work is done at home - taking hems out of sheets and washing and ironing them; cutting squares and laying them out in beautiful patterns; and sewing the squares together. Most lap robes are put together at home.
On quilting days we have an assembly line. First the quilt top, batting, and back are pinned together. Then the ladies at the sewing machines sew them together. They are pinned for tying and then the ties are added. As you can see, you don't have to know how to sew.
Our current members are: Claire Dixon, Norma Gage, Joyce Prigge, Maudrey Reitzenstein, Karen Free, Carol Kelly, Vera Hoover, Anita Stadey, Judy France, Mertie Shaver, Rose Flinn and Linda Liepins.
We meet September through June on the 2nd, 4th, and 5th Thursdays of the month from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm . (We don't meet in the summer months of July and August.) Everyone brings a "brown bag" lunch for lunchtime. Please join us for a wonderful day of fellowship and getting to know other members. We look forward to seeing you soon!