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Quilts for Good
For this new—and what we hope to be recurring—feature, we’re highlighting the generous works and efforts of those using quilts and quilting to give back to the community at large.
Austin church group makes and donates Mission Quilts
Each year, a group of members from the Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Austin, Texas create quilts to be donated to Lutheran World Relief, an international non-profit organization that focuses on sustainable development projects and disaster relief and recovery.
“Between five and 10 church members meet each Wednesday to design, piece, assemble, tie, and finish quilts to be sent around the world,” explains Holy Cross Reverend Sharolyn Browning. “They make well over 100 per year, and—when combined with school kits, baby kits, personal care kits, and sewing kits—weigh close to a ton.”
We learned of the group—aptly called the Grace Knotters—from church member Ursula Richards, who reached out to us following their Palm Sunday dedication and blessing of the quilts.
The Quilt and Kit Ministry is one of Lutheran World Relief’s flagship programs, running continuously since 1945. Each year, groups from Lutheran churches throughout the country assemble and donate Mission Quilts and kits to be provided to people living in poverty or in times of emergency or great need.
According to the Lutheran World Relief website, the quilts can be used to provide their recipients shield against the cold and rain, and for warm bedding. “But their versatility also makes quilts useful as simple tents, floor coverings, or a wrap to hold a baby on a mother’s back.
“Imagine the comfort that comes from a hug at the time you need it
most. That’s the feeling you can share with an LWR Quilt. Through a simple combination of fabric and thread, you can reach out to people
in their time of greatest need and with a strong message of hope—you are not alone.”
More information at https://lwr.org/get-involved/quilts.
Mother of son with cystic fibrosis makes quilts to benefit those with disease
As reported in The Columbus Dispatch, Daniela Di Lorenzo, whose son Mario Di Lorenzo was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at only six weeks
old, discovered a way to use her quilting hobby to benefit others with
For years, she created and stocked quilts—all of them covered in hearts—without disclosing her plans for the quilts to her family. Last month, at
the Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany, Di Lorenzo sold 110 of those quilts, raising around $25,000 for the Division of Pulmonology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
Between 40 and 45 customers at the May 6 quilt sale bought quilts to take home; the other 70 were paid for and left for Di Lorenzo to donate
to Nationwide Children’s, where they will be given to young cystic
Read the complete article HERE >>
High school students make Quilt of Valor for teacher
A recent article on PressofAtlanticCity.com spotlights a deserving
teacher and the group of sewing club students from Wildwood High School in Wildwood, New Jersey who created and presented him with
a Quilt of Valor.
The teacher, Ivan Perez of Egg Harbor Township, left his teaching job to join the Air Force following the September 11, 2011 terror attacks. After serving from 2002-2009 in Operation Enduring Freedom, he is once again teaching English as a Second Language to middle and high school students at Wildwood.
Earlier this month, the students, along with members of the local Quilts of Valor chapter, presented him with a red, white, and blue quilt they made to honor his service.
The students involved in the project were all part of the after-school Sewing Club program at the 21st Century Community Learning Center. The group is led by Sharon Cadwell, chapter coordinator for Ryan’s Case for Smiles, who first began working with the students to create colorful pillowcases for the organization.
As the students’ skills progressed, they began creating larger items like purses, pajamas, and backpacks, and eventually coordinated on the Quilt of Valor with the help of several Quilts of Valor chapter members.
Read the complete article HERE >>
Are you part of a group or guild using quilting to give back to the community, or do you know of a group or person whose work you think should be highlighted? Email email@example.com with information!
Teacher Ivan Perez receives Quilt of Valor made by high school students from the Sewing Club.
Photo by Diane D’Amico/ PressofAtlanticCity.com
From the Palm Sunday quilt dedication and blessing at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Austin, Texas.
Daniela Di Lorenzo and her son, Mario, with many of her heart-themed quilts. Photo by Eric Albrecht/The Columbus Dispatch.