To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under Heaven. (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
There is a time for a beginning and a time for an ending. Yesterday was the time for something good to come to a conclusion.
After 10 years of making quilts for the clients of Mary’s Center in Washington, DC, the group known as Quilting for Good will no longer meet.
During the last year the group has included stitching for a number of other charitable groups. Pillowcases for ill children, Placemats for senior citizens, and Beads of Courage Bags are some of the projects that have benefited from the stitching talents of a great group of ladies.
Through the years the individuals have changed but the heart of the group remained. There have been several that have been involved for much of the time with absences only due to illness or travel.
Over 1,500 quilts were made during the past 10 years and donated to Mary’s Center for Maternal & Child Care to be distributed to their clients at the Quarterly Baby Showers.
Knowing the hearts of the ladies I’ve come to know in the 8 years I have been participating, this is not the ending of their charitable endeavors, just a change of venue.
Friday there was a little bit of sewing:
A first timer working on Beads of Courage Bags – she was a quick learner, and even used the serger!
She’s got an assembly line of production for some Beads of Courage Bags!
Prue gave a demo on how to make a “Sausage Roll” Pillowcase.
OK, make sure you pin all the layers together!
There was a lot of visiting & remembering:
And definitely some eating:
Prue blows out 10 candles to celebrate 10 years of charity quilting and sewing. Yummy Apricot & Apple Cake!
I’ve never known quilters not to have some snacks, but the celebration today brought out a tableful of goodies including a patchwork cheesecake, chocolate chip cookies, cheese & crackers, grapes and a cake with candles!
We showed Prue how much her organization skills, commitment, care and sharing meant to us.
Giannina gave a lovely speech.
Prue received several tokens of our appreciation, including:
Placemats – Quilt-As-You-Go with fun fabric made by Giannina.
Yvonne made this lovely large tote bag which will hold a number of quilts!
The batting, quilt kits, fabric and supplies were packed up and loaded into cars.
We are grateful to G Street Fabrics in Rockville, MD, for the use of their classrooms and machines for the past 10 years for our group to meet, sew, create & visit.
For these and more pictures, see the slideshow. This is a shared folder in DropBox. You do not have to be a member, but if a dialog box appears just “X” it closed and continue.
To all the lives that invested their time & talent and to all the lives touched by the fabric, needle & thread, this is not goodbye, but see you later!