Quilts for Charities

On any given Tuesday afternoon from 1 – 3 pm in the Craft Room, you will find Donna Bechtol leading a group of dedicated sewers from Tanglethread Quilters assembling community quilts.  “We all love fabric, so we are happy to cut it up and sew it back together and create something pretty.  This is a quilter’s obsession“, says Donna.  There are usually 4-5 women machine stitching, 3-4 women cutting and pressing, all the while chatting, laughing and sharing friendship.  A big “thank you” from Donna to all of the women who come on Tuesday afternoons.  Anyone is welcome to join and help in any capacity.

The Community Quilt Group formed after a large donation of fabric was given to the Tanglethread Quilters, and the members felt compelled to use it and give back to the community.  Over the past several years, quilts have been given to a neo-natal unit in the West, and locally to the homeless and the Peace River Safe House.  Last year, 35 quilts, all inside of tote bags or pillowcases, were delivered to the Peace River Safe House for current residents as well as several families that had recently moved out and were beginning new lives.  Even though the clubhouse has been closed due to COVID-19, these dedicated sewers continue making community quilts from their homes using their own fabrics.  Currently, there are 25 quilts ready for distribution this Christmas.   If you would like to donate quilts or fabric, you can contact Donna Bechtol at 863-314-6717, or sewbees1@gmail.com.

Before COVID-19, The Tanglethread Quilters met in the Craft Room every Wednesday at 9 am.  There is a short meeting followed by open sewing, instructions, or projects until late afternoon.  There are over 60 members with various talents and at various skill levels, but ALL are passionate about sharing, teaching and welcoming new ideas and members.  Each year the group makes raffle quilts to benefit local charities; such as, the American Cancer Society, the Heartland Food Bank and the Humane Society of Highlands County.  If you are a new resident, like to quilt, or would like to learn to quilt, please visit any Wednesday.

Many hands make many quilts, make many people happy.  Thanks, ladies.

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