3/13/2014 3:00:00 PM St. Peter Lutheran Church ladies complete 10,000th quilt
The ladies of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Bear Branch have completed their 10,000th quilt since beginning the program in 1967.
They began using old clothes and scraps of material sewn together. Three layers are combined and knotted, and then bound around the edges.
These quilts may be used for anything from covering oneself to room dividers; as a tent; or a door - anyway that it can bring comfort to people who have few comforts.
The final size of each quilt is about 60x80-inches. The ladies say that durability and quality are more important than beauty, but they still strive to make beautiful quilts.
In the past the ladies used a great deal of old clothing and other materials, in recent years they have been fortunate to receive discarded material, much of it new, from various organizations and individuals.
There were 51 quilts made the first year; and currently the ladies average 200 per year, with the greatest number made being 425 in 2003.
Each Spring, the group takes the quilts - mostly packed in large egg crates - to Indianapolis, where Lutheran World Relief joins with Church World Services to distribute the quilts throughout the world in countries which are in need, or other disaster areas.
The ladies say that the work is tiring, but rewarding; and is not restricted to just their church members (men included), as many people from various other churches have joined in to help.
Anyone having any questions about the quilts or who would like to help in some way can contact the church at (812) 667-5881.