Weatherford Democrat

December 28, 2012

Group hopes blankets will provide comfort


Weatherford Democrat

— By BRIAN SMITH



In this season of giving, a local group opted to give to professionals who already give so much.

Members of the Quilter’s Guild of Parker County recently gave eight quilts to the Weatherford Police Department for use in a number of situations when comforting victims who have suffered a traumatic event or crisis situation is deemed necessary.

Members of the Quilter’s Guild of Parker County work together through the “Comfort Quilts Program” to provide quilts to many service organizations such as battered women’s shelters, nursing home residents, children’s organizations, Habitat for Humanity, Homes for our Troops, Manna, Center of Hope, etc., according to a press release. Guild President Dianna Hinz said in an e-mail to the guild made 195 quilts in 2012 and gave credit to Joyce Coney for organizing the program  the past two years.

“Joyce has a deep passion for and is very committed to this facet of the Guild.  She not only coordinates the making, tracking and delivery of the quilts but also makes many herself,” Hint said.  “She has a group of ladies (a Bee) who meet twice a month to assist in sorting fabric, preparing kits to be worked on, labeling and logging in finished quilts as well as distributing them at the appropriate time.  This Bee also assures that there are projects available to be worked on during the Guild “sew-in” or anytime the members want to pick up a kit to work on.”

A large part of the Comfort Quilt program annually is providing quilts for children’s organizations including, but not limited to The Rainbow Room (CPS), Grace House, A Place for Grace and the Pythian Home. The Comfort Quilts are worked on a monthly basis by individuals, but once a year there is a Guild wide “sew in” on the regularly scheduled meeting evening rather than having a speaker and program.  The quilts will be placed in squad cars.

WPD officials thanked the guild for the gifts and said they will be put to good use.

“Patrol officers never know what kind of situations they will be faced with each day, so we must be prepared for anything.  The quilts will help to provide comfort and warmth to victims as well as to those who may be stranded on the side of the road due to car problems or an accident,” Weatherford Police Capt. David Smith said.  “We are very fortunate to have such kind caring people in our community and we sincerely appreciate the time and effort the Quilter’s Guild has put into making the quilts for us.”

The Guild also donates quilts to a number of groups and organizations during the holidays.

“We deliver lap/wheelchair quilts to local nursing homes around the holidays,” Hinz said.  “Every Habitat (for Humanity) home which has been built in Weatherford has been provided with a Queen-size quilt for the home owner and twin quilts for each child or in some cases, a wheelchair quilt in addition to the Queen  size quilt for the home owner.  We have provided quilts to battered women’s shelters both in Weatherford and Mineral Wells. Quilter’s Guild of Parker County was established in February 2000 by an enthusiastic group of quilters with a desire to keep the art of quilting alive in the Parker County community and surrounding areas.

For more information, visit www.quiltersguildofparkercounty.org.