Almost twenty-three years ago, a small group of local ladies in Winona came together to share their interest in quilting. Today, Fifty Quilters are working together to make a difference in combatting COVID-19.
In the early days, the group taught new members the art of quilting and before long, beautiful quilts were being created singularly and together as a group. One of these early quilts hangs today in the upper hall at Fifty United Church. Another work of pride hangs in the foyer of the east entrance of the church.
Soon the ladies decided to put their skills to good use and began making “lap quilts” for all ages and donating them. These creations have been most welcomed and have brought much joy to their recipients. Over the years, this creative and ambitious group has donated well over 600 quilts to a variety of groups and charities including Quilts of Valour (returning veterans from Afghanistan suffering from PTSD and other injuries), Rose Cottage Palliative, Syrian Refugee families, Long Term Care Homes and Woman’s Shelters, to name a few.
Recently, their group sessions were postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, always ready to lend a hand, Fifty Quilters members have been busy sewing from home, making face masks for individuals and for the St. Catharine’s General Hospital, West Lincoln Memorial Hospital and McNally House. Our hearts are full when we make a difference for others.
BY JANE FRANKS