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Quilting group from Gloria Dei Lutheran stitches for needy

by Laura Freeman | Reporter Published: January 8, 2014 12:00 AM
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Hudson -- A group of women who meet once a month to create quilts for Lutheran World Relief Fund made 128 quilts in 2013, exceeding their goal of 125.

The 30 to 35 women in the quilting group called "The Ties That Bind" belong to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 2113 Ravenna St.

The Lutheran World Relief, with headquarters in Baltimore, sends the quilts all over the world, said Beverly Bubnis, one of the quilting members.

The group ties the quilting layers together with yarn and most are 60 by 80 inches in size, Bubnis said. Usually the pattern has six squares by eight squares with a variety of colors and patterns.

"Some women purchase fabric, some sew and some put them together," Bubnis said. "We have a number of people who help or donate money."

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Sue Holman, another member of the quilting group, has been sewing quilts for the church for 23 years. In previous years, the group averaged between 80 and 100 quilts.

"Being new [to the church], it was a way to get to know women in my church and have Christian fellowship," Holman said. "It has evolved to thinking about the people the quilts are going to."

Holman said she makes quilts from scraps and sews the pieces together.

"I really enjoy taking fabric that nobody wants to use for anything and making something needy people can use," Holman said. "I make crazy quilts of all different shapes and sizes."

Holman went with three other women to Baltimore to volunteer in the warehouse, which ships out the quilts in October to people in need.

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The 72,000-square-foot warehouse has seven employees.

"The majority of the processing is done by volunteers like us," Holman said.

The four women met with other women for a retreat, she said. They worked all day in the warehouse and met in the evening for a Bible study.

"We learned about the countries where the quilts were going," Holman said. "It really hit home about how little these people have and live on compared to me. Every time I sit down to make a quilt, I think about those people and what hope a nice warm quilt will bring to them."

The four who went to Baltimore research a country that receives a quilt and teach the others in The Tie That Binds about the people who live there.

When a quilt is finished, the women pray over the quilt and pray for people who will receive it.

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