Wahkon Presbyterian Church quilters have completed 105 quilts this year.
According to Sue Duff-Erkel, quilts are donated to the VA in St. Cloud, Pearl Battered Women’s Resource Center, the church’s graduating seniors, members of the church who are shut in, including residents of long-term care and assisted living. Quilts are also given to the Children’s Hospital and Ronald McDonald House, the Mille Lacs Health System Hospice and to a program that helps homeless teens through St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in the Cities.
According to Duff-Erkel, all of the scraps are used. Barb McLain uses batting scraps to make pillows, and some material is sent to the Presbyterian Church on the White Earth Reservation where they use the fabric to make quilts.
The ladies of the church have been making quilts for four years. The ladies meet once a week, September through the first week in November. They take a break during the holidays and then get back together in January through the first week in May.
Quilters meet from 9:30 a.m. to about 3 p.m. They bring a sack lunch and put in a full day of sewing, cutting and tying. They welcome anyone who wants to join them in the fall to help put quilts together. “You don’t have to be a sewer,” Duff-Erkel said. “We have tiers and embroiderers who help out.” And people who can deliver the quilts are always appreciated.
The quilts the ladies made this year were placed in the sanctuary for services on Sunday April 29 and were blessed by Pastor Tony Oltmann, before they will be sent on their way to comfort the people they are meant for.
More about the quilters can be found on the Wahkon Presbyterian Facebook page.