Lutheran Quilting Ladies – Charity Quilting

Yesterday was the day that I attend Lutheran Quilting Ladies.  Every Wednesday from 9-11am, often longer.  We all have our little assigned places that we work diligently on and are busy worker bees.  We get our jobs done, but enjoy doing it and spending time together.  I am often reminded that no matter our age, we are all still the same.  I love quilting, but think that I enjoy their company even more.

I took random photos while there and wanted to share some with you today.

Every room has it’s assigned tasks.  There are even locations within those rooms that have different responsibilities.  It really is a well oiled machine and we work with assembly line precision – when not laughing at each other, ourselves, or something else that strikes our fancy!

Mostly I work in the tying room.  Once the blocks are sewn together they are made into quilt sandwiches, bound and then tied.  We do this on tables instead of frames.  Frames would take to long to set up.  There are 2-5 tying at a time on a quilt with 2 tables set up.  One table is usually used to make a quilt sandwich while the other table is used to tie the last sandwich made.  The quilt backing is used to bind, then we tie.

Lutheran Quilting Ladies - bind 1Sometimes the fabric combinations are beautiful, sometimes not.  Fabrics are an assortment of nearly everything.  They told me that when they started it was mostly double knit polyester clothing that they cut up.  They still have some in the shed and asked if I wanted to see it.  I passed.

There are times you can definitely tell what it was in a former life.Lutheran Quilting Ladies - tie 3

Quilts can be purchased by congregation or community members for $100.  That goes to cover costs of purchasing more batting, thread or other supplies that are not donated.  The church has a featured quilt of the week and the beauties go out there if not claimed in the making process.  I wanted to claim this one, it is probably my favorite I have seen there.Lutheran Quilting Ladies - favorite 1All blocks are 8″x8″.  We rarely see patched blocks but this was the one I liked best.Lutheran Quilting Ladies - favorite 2It had a dark purple backing and this color of yarn looked best.  Lutheran Quilting Ladies - favorite 3

On the other side of the tying room is the assembly station.  Blocks sewn into 4 patches are assembled into rows of a quilt.  Organized a certain way and then delivered to the sewing room, attached there and then returned the next week for us to tie.

We pass through the kitchen to enter the sewing room.  Often there is an “incentive” waiting to be consumed.  I like that part!Lutheran Quilting Ladies - incentive

The sewing room has a multitude of machines and worker bees.  There are “2ers,” “4ers,” “rowers” and more I was told once.  Bundles of 96 squares are made and someone takes those and makes sets of 2 contrasting fabrics, or “2ers.”  Those are converted into 4 patches by “4ers.”  The boxes in the middle of the table hold all the magic of each title.  The 4 patches go back to the assembly station to be pinned into rows that “rowers” make and convert to an entire quilt.  Some like to bring their own machines.

A speed demon takes the tied quilts and finishes the binding.  I should have made this a video instead of just a photo.  It does not do her justice to just see a photo.Lutheran Quilting Ladies - bind 2

A few ironing stations are set up in both rooms.Lutheran Quilting Ladies - iron

Many of these are found in both rooms.  In the sewing room the pin cushions are full.  In the tying room they are often empty, at least emptier.  It always makes me think of industry and busy hands.Lutheran Quilting Ladies - pinsHere are piles of past weeks work.

This weeks accomplishments so far – our goal is 8 quilts completed per week.  That goal is reached every week.Lutheran Quilting Ladies - finished 3

Another quilter brought in drawstring bags.  Check out that how to post

here. Lutheran Quilting Ladies - drawstring bags.JPG

I did not take post any photos of faces, I did not ask for permission to do that or use names.

What do you do for charity in your quilting adventures?

4 comments

  1. Nice article Jenn. I love working with these wonderful ladies on Wednesdays. I see a picture of my Betty Boop…she is proud to have made it on your blog. 🙂
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  2. Great post, Jenn! There have been quilts made at the Lutheran Church longer than I have lived here! I wonder how many quilts in all???

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