Shirley Greeley got the quilting program started at St. Johns and is the one who buys the fabric for the quilts. Photos by Karen Jorgensen
By Karen M. Jorgensen
On most Thursday mornings a small but dedicated group of quilters gets together at St. John's Lutheran Church in rural Sargeant.
Since 2012 they have been making quilts each week with the quilts going to Ronald McDonald House and Hope Lodge in Rochester while many others find their way to benefits and church events such as the fall fair.
She said she had made some quilt tops on her own and when the church Ladies Aid said they wanted a project the church quilters group was born.
"We've been tying ever since," she said.
Greeley said she generally buys the fabric for the quilts although they also get some donations.
A few years ago, she said, a recently widowed man in the area explained to a local quilter that his wife had quilted and he had been left with lots of fabric. The quilter said she did not need any more but she knew a group that could use it.
Some of the quilts made with the fabric, she said, were given to Hope Lodge in memory of his wife.
Friendship with a couple who had spent much time at the Ronald McDonald House with their child led to that organization becoming a major recipient of the quilts.
Two of the quilters cut the quilt squares and bring them to the church where they are tied by the group. Then a quilter takes them home and sews the backing fabric on them and they are ready for distribution.
Five or six quilts are tied each week.
Everyone in the church is invited to help and over the years have ranged in age from seven to 96.
Doris Kiser, 96, is one who sews the squares.
"I like to sit and tie the squares together," she said. She also pointed out that until she became involved with the quilting group she had not done many quilts.
The women make some quilts for children and others for adults. The Ronald McDonald House needs quilts for those from infants to 18 while the Hope Lodge quilts are for adults.
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