We are a circle of the United Methodist Women. We gather on the FIRST and THIRD Thursday of each month from 4:00pm to 7:00pm in the church Fellowship Hall.
All of the quilts we make are donated. Most of the quilts go to the Family Renewal Shelter in Tacoma: a Christian organization offering housing for women and children leaving domestic violence situations. The blankets warm their beds when they arrive, and when they move on, the families take the quilts with them. We also make pillowcases and donate them to the Shelter. We donate small quilts to local nursing homes; and we recently started a new ministry of giving quilts to new babies in our church.
Four church members formed this charity quilting group in 2002. We now have about 25 people who are active in the group, and we average about 15 in attendance at any given work session.
This is an informal group who visit and fellowship while making quilts. Some are accomplished sewers and quilters, and some are beginners. If you can tie a knot you are qualified to help, and if you can not tie a knot we will teach you! The feeling of fellowship that happens is similar to that of the old quilting bees with the buzzing of busy hands and the sharing of our lives with one another.
We have two events each year to raise money for supplies and equipment:
1) During the Gig Harbor Quilt Walk and Festival, held in October, we have a quilt show at the church to display our quilts. Quilts made by inmates at the Women’s Correction Center in Purdy are also on display at the church at that time. The show includes a sales table with items made by or donated to the group.
2) We provide one of the continental breakfasts held at the church in the summer.
Twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall, we sponsor Comfort Saturday for the church congregation. We provide snacks and lunch (comfort foods) and encourage people to come and bring their own projects to work on during the day while socializing.
Our quilts are blessed in October and then delivered. Our goal is to comfort people in need of God’s love.