Quilting with purpose

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By Carolyn Ten Broeck, Editor

Sitting against the wall, Estra Boyd is barely aware of the flurry of activity around her as she watches a skein of yarn morph into yet another crocheted project in her hands.

Connie Dolloff is busy on the floor, sandwiching three large pieces of fabric into what will soon be a delightful homemade craft.

Linda Hall is enthusiastically showing off multi-colored quilt tops, all ready to become table runners, casserole covers or baby quilts.

Over in the corner, newcomer Bonnie shyly looks up from meticulous stitches as another meeting of the Morriston Baptist Church Quilters comes to order.

For the last year and a half, these women–and a dozen more–have come together each Wednesday morning to use their God-given skills into something beautiful, practical and above all else, showcases Jesus’ love–and theirs–for others.

Hall, the chief organizer of the group, said she had been a member of the Riverland Baptist Quilters and when she started attending Morriston Baptist, she thought a quilting group just might be something people would enjoy.

And indeed it has.

The Quilters turned their love of crafts, especially sewing and quilting into a mission project that is growing by leaps and bounds.

Just recently the group donated homemade baby blankets and quilts to Tri County Pregnancy Center and will make another donation to the cancer center at Shands. Those homemade goods will be given to infants and teens undergoing treatment.

“We hope these quilts and blankets will brighten a room and offer encouragement,” Hall said. “We want them to know someone cares about them and is praying for them.”

While the Quilters now number about 15, there is still room for more and the ministry itself is endless.

The group welcomes donations of fabric and threads, because every dime saved will help make another quilt.

“We use 100 percent cotton and woven fabrics,” Hall said. “No knits. We pray over our projects as we work and we hope we can help give them a heritage.”

A home economist, Hall has been quilting since about 2010. “It’s funny how you can take the same thing and make so many different things with it,” she said.

The Quilters meet at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church, located on Hwy. 41 in Morriston. You do not have to be a member of the church to share in its ministry, Hall said.