Comforting Others with Quilts
Sunday, June 21, will be the longest day of the year in Indiana. The Earth's northern hemisphere will be tilted as close to the sun as it will go. And as the temperatures reach 90 degrees, you may be able to find St. John members Jayne Queck, Phyllis Fleischer, Linda Hilt, Barbara Becker, Diana Roundtree, and Julaine Bolden will likely be busy quilting blankets.
It may not be a time of year most people think about blankets and bedspreads, but these ladies can't take the summer off if they plan to reach their goal of crafting 53 quilts for Lutheran World Relief.
Through their work, Jayne, Phyllis, Linda, Barbara, Diana, and Julaine are quite literally comforting others.
Quilt-making is not a simple process. The St. John quilters use a variety of materials (mostly donated) into squares anywhere from 8 to 12 inches long. Most of the work is done at home on their own time, but the group gets together 2 to 3 hours a week in the Art Room to tie them together. When fully assembled, the quilts measure 60 inches by 80 inches.
The completed quilts are put on display for the congregation to view, before being boxed and shipped people in need around the world. Luthern World Relief even tracks the boxes as they are delivered and posts the results on their interactive online map.
While we Hoosiers are sweating in the summer sun, there are countless men, women, and children who need the warmth and comfort. This act of service shows how you can use your talents here locally to make a difference globally.