I’ve started working with another local group of ladies from Decorah, Iowa. They are quilters who started quilting together as part of their church group.
They are busy ladies and always helping in the area when there is a need. Beyond that, they make many quilts for Lutheran World Relief.
Sue is my connection with that group. I have known her daughter in law for many years as we are both childcare providers and attended many of the same classes. It was fun to have a connection to Sue through her daughter in law.
The gals primarily tie quilts as that is what Lutheran World Relief prefers. Here are some pictures of quilts that the gals recently finished.
Several of these tops were from the Cresco ladies.
Some were made with big squares which is a popular design for Lutheran World Relief.
There is often a dedication ceremony during church services to bless the hands of the ladies that made them and to bless the quilts as they go out.
Churches often have the quilts displayed on the pews like this on that day…
Here are the ladies working on a few of the quilts.
They aren’t a big group and due to Covid have a differing number of people who help with the project.
Backings are often sheets and are often brought to the front, flipped over, and sewn down.
Many of the quilts that go for LWR end up being used in a variety of ways other than what we typically think of a quilt for. Some are hung in trees and provide shade for a family. Some are used as a clean place to gather to eat.
I sent the ladies some fabric and some scraps and some tops in this last shipment. Sue assured me that they do their best to use everything that is sent their way.
The blocks in the quilt below I believe were sent by a blog reader.
If anyone is in the Decorah area and is looking for a place to take unwanted fabric, contact me and I’ll get you in contact with Sue.
As with many groups who quilt for LWR they are always looking for fabric, batting, and sheets for backing.
If you want to know more about LWR, you can find their website page about quilting HERE.
It has been a pleasure to get to know Sue. I loved that she shared some pictures of their group in action. I think it’s important for all of you to see that fabric donations provide so much for the people who receive the quilts but also is a wonderful outlet to those making the quilts. Often helpers are happy to have a way to be helpful. It’s good for them to safely get out and socialize, quilting groups do just that!
Thanks to everyone who sent goodies that were passed on to this group.
Sue gave me a list and the group donated 225 quilts in 2020. That is impressive. They have gone for everything from LWR, to benefits, to women’s shelter, to homeless shelters, and more. I feel so blessed to be a tiny resource for these busy, busy ladies.