HUNDREDS OF QUILTS HAVE BEEN CREATED
Flying Quilts meets every second and fourth Tuesday from 9 a.m. until noon in Trinity Hall. This group of sewers assembles quilts that are sent to Lutheran World Relief once a year. Donations of time (to work on projects), materials (fabric and yarn) and money (for shipping) are cheerfully accepted. Twice a year the ladies have a tureen lunch. Once a year in September the quilts are displayed around the church before being shipped to Lutheran World Relief.
Excerpt from Council minutes, 1922
The motion was made, seconded and carried that the Ladies Aid Society be granted the use of the Sunday school library for a sewing room provided that they would clean up the room after each day’s work, leaving it in a suitable condition for a library and reading room. If used for a room to quilt in, the quilting frames must be removed from the room each day after using, or, if this cannot be done, the quilting must be done in some other room.
The name Flying Quilts came about in the early 1990’s when Lutheran World Relief produced a video of the same name about the distribution of quilts to disaster areas and war torn areas.
There is no experienced necessary, just a willingness to help others and share a time of fellowship.
If you have fabric or washable yarn for baby layette sweaters that you no longer have a use for, please consider donating it to “Flying Quilts.” Donations can be dropped off at the Church Office any day of the week between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
After each quilt is finished, the quilters ring a bell. Won’t you help them ring their bell?
Steps involved in making a “Flying Quilt”
1. Choose material for the top and bottom of the quilt. Use as large pieces as possible in order to produce as many quilts as possible in the time we have to sew.
2. Cut material into squares, if pieces are small. Use the patterns we have developed that may be 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 or 14 inches square.
3. Sew squares together to the size requested by Lutheran World Relief.
4. Press quilt top and lay it out face down on a table.
5. Center the material chosen for the inner over the pressed quilt top. This may be a blanket or other piece of cloth depending on the weight of the top and bottom fabrics. There is a weight suggestion from Lutheran World Relief.
6. Spread the bottom over the inner right side up. Each layer is placed in such a way that there is enough to fold a border up and over the top. Pin in place.
7. Using the guide that we have developed, tie a square knot as indicated by the guide so that the layers are securely bonded.
8. Using the sewing machine zigzag around the quilt to secure the border.
9. Fold and prepare to ship it.