The members of the Grateful Threads Sewing and Quilting Club are at it again. This year they are making as many quilts as they can for local veterans. They’ve already delivered three and while they know they won’t be able to make one for every single one of the 2,700 veterans in Sumter County, they are going to do their best to make as many as possible. Each quilt is a beautiful work of art created with love in every stitch.
Every year the club, which started with a class taught at Furlow Charter School, by Valerie Duff, chooses a different cause. The Furlow club made bat wrappers and pouch holders for marsupials injured and misplaced in the wildfires that ravished Australia in 2019 and i2020.
As the club expanded to include adults and quilters of all ages, they made quilts for cancer patients at Phoebe Medical Center, and later over 100 quilts for local foster children.
Earlier this year they, in partnership with T 31, they made thousands of facial masks for healthcare workers at the local hospital as well as local facilities caring for the elderly population. This year, from September to September, they honor veterans.
Besides the opportunity to do something meaningful for the community, the club members also just enjoy the art of quilting, and of course, the camaraderie.
We appreciate this group of talented women who have come together to make our community a better place, and we also thank Lee Street United Methodist Church for allowing them to use its parsonage for its sessions.