Weatherford Living

Quilters guild comes together to comfort

On Oct. 17, during the regular meeting of the Quilter’s Guild of Parker County, members came together in the Great Hall of the Grace First Presbyterian Church to function as a giant “Quilting Bee” working on quilts for the Comfort Quilt program. Joyce Coney, chairman, and her committee of dedicated workers had kits of fabrics to be fashioned into quilt tops and kits of tops, batting and backing to be quilted. Guild members brought sewing machines, notions, irons, ironing boards and other necessary equipment - including CHOCOLATE and set to work. Members, all working in various capacities, cut fabrics, stitched tops, made quilt “sandwiches” to be quilted, quilted quilts and bound quilts resulting in the production of 25-30 quilts of various sizes and stages of readiness. In addition to the meeting to work collectively on Comfort Quilts each year, members also work on quilts for this cause throughout the year in groups or individually.

Some of the fruits of this labor of love were shared with the Weatherford Community this month. Quilts were taken to Autumn Hills Manor and given away during a quilt trunk show presented by Coney and Evelyn Mathis. Each year prior to Christmas the Guild strives to present lap quilts to nursing home residents for use in chairs and wheel chairs.

Joyce also presented Trevino family with quilts during the Habitat for Humanity dedication of their new home on Nov. 9. The Guild has been fortunate to be able to present quilts to all of the new Weatherford Habitat homeowners and their dependents at the time of their home dedications.

A train quilt was delivered to a special little guy at A Place for Grace and baby quilts and blankets were delivered to Grace House. Two children’s organizations the Guild has provided with quilts in the past.

It has been a long standing goal of the Guild to provide quilts to various children’s agencies, nursing homes, Habitat homes, battered women’s shelters, police and fire departments. Due to the dedication of the board, guild members and under the leadership of Coney the Guild has been able to provide hundreds of quilts to Parker County and the surrounding areas.

The Quilter’s Guild of Parker County is a 501c3 organization which meets the 3rd Thursday of each month with visitation at 6:30 p.m. and the regular meeting commencing at 7 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Grace First Presbyterian Church, 606 Mockingbird Lane. For more information visit : www.quiltersguildofparkercounty.org

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