Edison UM Women make quilts and blankets for homeless at Christmas
By Alberta Stojkovic -
The Edison United Methodist Church pews were covered in quilts and blankets last week when parishioners attended worship services. The 37 quilts and blankets were made by the United Methodist Women’s group over the past year.
“We laughed because someone commented that they must be turning the heat down in the church — maybe we’re supposed to wrap up in these blankets,” said UMW member, Donna Osborn.
Chairman of the group, Marjorie Graham said that the blankets and quilts will go to homeless, Turning Point Shelter, and the Salvation Army. She said the project started in 1979 and blankets have also gone to the Morrow County Sheriff’s office for people in need. Graham said there was a quilting society in Edison for many years and their group is continuing the heritage of that group.
Donna Osborn said the women usually gather at Marjorie’s home where she has a room set up for sewing and quilt making. She pointed out that the quilts are made with batting between the outer and inner cover for extra warmth.
Marjorie said she often likes to think about the people who may be using the quilts when she is shopping for the fabric. Sometimes she even lies in bed at night and wonders how they’re doing and if they’re keeping warm. She likes to watch for fabrics such as animal prints or funky patterns and colors that children and youth might enjoy.
“I especially think about the children and youth and mothers out there and hope they’re keeping warm as I lay in bed at night,” Graham said.
The women don’t confine their work to quilts and blankets. In the past years they have sent “Pillowcase dresses” to Kenya and Haiti. They enjoy finding special lace and decorations that the children there might appreciate on their dresses.
While many have helped support the sewing projects at the Edison Church, some of the women who sew regularly are: Sharon Abrams, Janet Bedwell, Janet Burns, Marjorie Graham, June Hawk, Betty Miley and Donna Osborne.
UMW member, June Hawk said that they got the idea when they attended church at Windfall. The women there had made quilts and covered the pews with them.
“It really surprised our church members to see how many quilts we had made,” said Hawk. “They could hardly believe we made enough to cover all the pews.”