Weatherford Democrat

December 4, 2013

Labor of love

Quilter’s Guild of Parker County completes community projects


Weatherford Democrat

— In October, during the regular meeting of the Quilter’s Guild of Parker County, members came together in the Great Hall of the Grace First Presbyterian Church to function as a giant “Quilting Bee” working on quilts for the “Comfort Quilt” program.

Chairman Joyce Coney and her committee of dedicated workers had kits of fabrics to be fashioned into quilt tops and kits of tops, batting and backing to be quilted. Guild members brought sewing machines, notions, irons, ironing boards and other necessary equipment – including chocolate – and set to work.

Members, all working in various capacities, cut fabrics, stitched tops, made quilt “sandwiches” to be quilted, quilted quilts and bound quilts, resulting in the production of 25-30 quilts of various sizes and in different stages of readiness. In addition to the meeting to work collectively on comfort quilts each year, members work on this cause throughout the year in groups or individually.

Some of the fruits of this labor of love were shared with the Weatherford community in November. Quilts were taken to Autumn Hills Manor and given away during a quilt trunk show presented by Coney and Evelyn Mathis. Each year prior to Christmas the Guild strives to present lap quilts to nursing home residents for use in chairs and wheelchairs. 

Joyce also presented the Trevino family with quilts during the Habitat for Humanity dedication of their new home on Nov. 9. The Guild has been fortunate to be able to present quilts to all of the new Weatherford Habitat homeowners and their dependents at the time of their home dedications.

A train quilt was delivered to a special little guy at A Place for Grace and baby quilts and  blankets were  delivered to Grace House, two children’s organizations the Guild has provided with quilts in the past.

It has been a long-standing goal of the Guild to provide quilts to various children’s agencies, nursing homes, Habitat homes, battered women’s shelters and police and fire departments. Due to the dedication of the board and guild members, and under the leadership of Coney, the Guild has been able to provide hundreds of quilts to Parker County and the surrounding areas.

The Quilter’s Guild of Parker County is a non-profit organization that meets the third Thursday of each month with visitation at 6:30 p.m. and the regular meeting commencing at 7 p.m. in the Great Hall of Grace First Presbyterian Church, 606 Mockingbird Lane. For more information visit www.quiltersguildofparkercounty.org.