We support mothers in need by creating hand-made baby blankets for our local Pro-Life pregnancy center.
Quilters can participate from home or at our meetings every 3rd Tuesday.
Interested? Please contact us by filling out the form on this webpage.
Quilters for LIFE – by Joy Juedes, Parish Reporter
If there's a handmade quilt among the gifts and necessities a woman receives for her unborn child from the San Bernardino Pregnancy and Family Resource Center, it may have come from a quilting group at The Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church.
Quilters for LIFE meet 9:00am to 12:00pm every third Tuesday in The Holy Name of Jesus Parish Hall at 115 W. Olive Ave in Redlands. Fabric donations can be left and Quilting Kits can be picked up at the parish office.
The group makes 30 to 50 quilts every two months and delivers them to the center. Members often sew the cloth squares together at home and then the group adds batting -- the fluffy filling -- and the back of the quilt at their meetings, according to Charlene Hall, one of the group's organizers. "When I first started working with the group we were able to finish about two dozen quilts a year. The pregnancy center started expanding and it didn’t take long before the two dozen quilts were gone in matter of two weeks or so," she said. She came up with a method to meet demand for the 36-inch-square quilts using a simpler pattern. Charlene cuts the squares at home and sorts them by rows. This way, members can pick up kits, work on them at home, and bring them back for assembly.
WAYS TO HELP
At meetings, which are each third Tuesday, members bring finished quilt fronts that are matched with solid or striped fabric, which becomes the back of the quilt. "We have stations where someone does ironing, another station for cutting the batting to fit. Most of what we do is sewing those three layers together, and we do it by hand … and then somebody will either finish the edges there or take them home to finish."
A person doesn't need to know how to sew to help. "They can start out with ironing; they see what’s what and we sit them down with one of the other members at a table, and it's such an easy thing to jab a needle through, bring it back up and tie a square knot," Hall said. The quilts are stored at the church until the group takes them to the pregnancy center, Hall said. They like to "make a day of it" -- meet, have lunch and deliver the quilts, she said. Members who haven't been to the center often get a tour.
The group accepts donations of fabric, thread and other essentials. They have to use 100 percent cotton fabric. "Somehow we mysteriously get donations that just show up! Otherwise, I go out and buy fabric," Hall said. The group goes through a $250 roll of batting every two months. They accept Christmas fabric all year long, for December babies.
The group also provides quilting kits, which are ideal for women who are homebound or who cannot make it on Tuesday mornings. One homebound member stitches flannel blankets, and others crochet or knit. And the group always welcomes more help. Hall said making quilts is rewarding because they can see the finished work. She said she heard that one woman at the center asked, "Is this for my baby?" and started crying. "We keep saying we'll walk around San Bernardino and see a kid carrying one of our quilts around," Hall said.
Many members are grandparents, and the meeting also gives them an opportunity to socialize. “Contrary to perception, a meeting doesn't look at all like a quilting bee. “The really nice thing is we don't have any quilts lying around unfinished. These are very small projects, very manageable," Hall said.
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