Each quilter holds up one of their many completed pillowcases. They are:
back row, from left: Jane Wolff, Shelby Sterchi, Sheila Smith, Vickie Breen,
Rita Teske, Patty Trask, Joanne Roos; front row: Jan Keltner, Norma Grist,
Janet Loomis and Yvonne Moos.
By Kay Braddock
When Terry quilter Karol Willardson came across articles in her quilting magazine describing a nationwide pillowcase-sewing project benefiting foster children and shelter-bound women, she was inspired to localize the mission. After talking with Prairie County Health Nurse Janet Fredrickson, Willardson presented the idea to the local group of a dozen or so quilters she meets with each week. Their response was enthusiastic.
“They all wanted to get to town and buy some fabric,” Willardson said. Half-jokingly she added, “Quilters are always in need of an excuse to buy more fabric.”
Although most quilters would agree beginning a new project is always justified, this one was different.
There’s nothing like the feeling and smell of home, Willardson explained. Something as simple as a pillow, can make one more move to another new home a little more comforting, especially for children.
“I think it’s a good thing for the little ones,” Willardson added.
In a 3-week timeframe, the ladies have sewn 27 pillowcases, with a few more yet to be added to the collection. The completed pillowcases will be donated to the county health department, to be given to area children when needed.
The group of “Crazy Quilters,” as some members like to refer to themselves as, have been meeting during fall and winter months for about two decades, according to founding member Patty Trask. The pillowcase-project is not their first charitable project, as evidenced by the variety of quilted wall hangings gracing the halls of the Prairie Community Hospital.
It’s unlikely it’ll be their last.
Published March 14, 2012