Friday, March 16, 2001

Quilters come together in marathon for charity

By Jenny Callison
Enquirer Contributor

        HARRISON — A stitch in time will enable community residents to craft quilts for its neighbors in need.

        The Harrison Quilters Guild is issuing a call for volunteers and quilting supplies to support their Quilt-A-Thon this Saturday. The guild plans to create eight juvenile quilts that will be given to the Harrison police and fire departments, the Pregnancy Center and the Good Samaritan Hospital neonatal unit.

        “We need lots of volunteers,” said Mary Kaeser, an event organizer. “In addition to quilters, we need people who can sort, cut, pin, sew, iron, pack and wrap. There is something for everyone to do.”

        People who have never even touched a needle are welcome and will be assigned a task that suits their interests. The guild is also looking for people to loan sewing machines or donate fabric, thread and batting. Sewing machine repair is available on site.

        This is the first quilting marathon for the guild, which was formed in the fall of 1999 by Harrison quilter Jeannie Wise. Ms. Wise, formerly a member of a Northern Kentucky quilting guild, began monthly meetings at Harrison's First Christian Church and taught quilting classes for beginners.

        “She did a good job at starting the guild,“ said West Harrison resident Pat Acra. “The help I got from this group has made quilting so much easier and has given me an incentive.”

        Paid membership in the guild is 21, but at least 51 people participated in the group's activities during 2000, Ms. Kaeser said.

       The Quilt-A-Thon will take place from 8 a.m. to about 10 p.m. at Amazing Grace Lutheran Church, 9961 New Haven Road in Harrison. To volunteer, call 367-6701; to donate materials, call (812) 637-3898; to lend a sewing machine, call 574-8019.



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