For a quarter century, a group of crafters has been piecing together cloth for a good cause. And in celebration of their 25th anniversary, this group is setting a challenge to create 100 quilts to help those in need!
Hope Quilters began by sewing and hand quilting their first full-size quilt in 1992. That quilt was sold for $1,000 and the money given to Hope Center, the camp of the Eastern District of the Moravian Church. Since then, the Hope Quilters have met annually for Quilt Camp and have made many quilted items, with sales benefiting the mission of the camp.
For its 25th Anniversary Mission Challenge, Hope Quilters are looking to create 100 quilts for the Lutheran World Relief project. Between now and the end of September, the group will be sewing or collecting quilts and materials to meet the challenge. Lutheran World Relief is a charity that accepts whole quilts and distributes them around the world.
A gathering of quilts
The Hope Quilters hold their annual Quilt Camp September 27-30 at Camp Hope in New Jersey. As that event comes to a close on September 30, they will hold an “ingathering” to collect all the quilts and celebrate the completion of the challenge. The ingathering is open to all those who wish to attend.
Those interested in creating a quilt for this project can help by:
- Making a quilt for the ingathering. Lutheran World Relief requests quilts that are 60” X 80”, made with new materials, and can be tied or machine quilted. Detailed instructions are available at https://lwr.org/get-involved/quilts.
- Making a quilt top. 60” X 80” made with prewashed 100% cotton.
- Donating material for quilt making. We can use
- yardages of 100% cotton—it takes four yards to make a quilt top (note that the fabric shouldn’t have any religious, nationality or military references, nor a camouflage design.
- quilt backs—64” X 84”, 100% cotton, pieced or whole cloth, prewashed
- cotton/poly batting—60” X 80”. A king size bat provides filling for three quilts. Well-washed mattress pads, cut to size, are welcome.
- cotton thread
- Donations of fabric are due by July 1, while quilt tops, backs, batting and thread are needed by August 1. If creating a complete quilt, it should be ready for the ingathering event on September 30.
To register for the ingathering and luncheon on September 30, send an e-mail to Betz Lucas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And for more information about Quilt Camp, the 25th Anniversary Mission Challenge and how to donate materials or a quilt, contact Lois Mease at email@example.com.
Rev. Lois Mease is Dean of the Quilt Camp and lives in Bethlehem, PA.