Quilting is one of my great loves. I have made 75 or more blankets for a women’s and children’s hospital in Mali, Africa.  The missionary doctors there deliver and average of 250 babies each month and  these people are so poor, they have nothing.  Church women all over the United States make up layettes including a quilt or afghan, an undershirt, sox and a hat.  These are packed and mailed to a church in Ohio where they are loaded into a ship’s cargo carrier and sent to Mali.

There are many worthy charities as close as your own home town.  I have made lap robes for kids at Schreiner’s Hospital, adult and kids size hats for the oncology department of our local hospital, and there are teenage mothers-to-be living in shelters or group homes that are facing an uncertain future.  There are also the elderly in nursing homes.  A warm quilt for the lap is a welcome comfort.

 My mom and my grandmother usually had a quilt in the frames.  I was just a young girl of 9 or 10 and would always beg to help quilt.  My grandmother would say to me, “sit down right there and let me see your stitches”.  After a bit she would say, “no, I think you need to keep doing your job.”  My job was to keep 10 or 12 needles threaded for them to use.  Not until I was grown and quilting on my own, did  I realize what a help that was and what an important job I had.  My grandmother, before she died, made one block of each of her favorite patterns for me, and before my mom died, she did the same.  What a legacy I have to pass on to my children.

I have never had quilting frames before but now I have not only the frames but also the stands to set them on.  They were make by a real craftsman, from our church and are beautiful.  Before this I just laid them out on a bed, held the layers together with plastic ties and then worked on the quilt on a tabletop.  Many times I had to remove work done because the layers did not lay flat.  The frames make this so much easier.

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