Volunteer Sewing Group

Quilt/Wall Hanging Project
Nine members of the Volunteer Sewing Group made a memorable wall “quilt.” The group was privileged to sew a reversible wall hanging for Aaron Tonderum, a CNA at Long Term Care and a veteran of two tours of duty in Iraq. Aaron began a third tour in June. He had a big bag of T-shirts, etc., related to his life and army service. The sewing group had no idea what to do. With a lot of thought and planning, a wall hanging was made for him. So nice to do something for someone who has done so much for us.

The sewers were: Virginia Deo, Helen Jacobson, Donita Link, Dorothy Ann Longnecker, JoAnne Owen, Pat Smith, Pat Taylor, Beth Wehrman and Pat McCauley.

Volunteer Sewing Group – Jan 2010
The last few weeks have been delivery time for the Volunteer Sewing Group.  Churches United Shelter received 7 of our bed rolls that have gloves, socks, hat and pillow in each one. Story County Long Term Care received 16 lap robes and 10 walker bags. The Food Pantry received 4 baby fleece blankets for 4 expectant mothers. Our United Methodist New Directions Shelter (for battered women) were given 8 fitted crib sheets, 4 receiving wraps, 1 fleece blanket, 7 burp pads and 2 bibs. A friend was given 3 adult bibs.  Prairie City Drug Rehab Center received 5 baby quilts, 4 crib sheets, 3 receiving wraps, and 10 burp pads. This time we met some of the young mothers and two of the babies that will be enjoying what we gave them. The director is available to speak to groups. We also have a quilt for the new baby coming to our church.  April 7 our group and the UMW will have our annual day in Marshalltown for lunch and then visiting the Iowa Veteran’s Home to take our rug rags and lap robes.

Volunteer Sewing Group
“Come to basement” says the note on the door. So, you head downstairs, put your sack lunch in the refrigerator, grab coffee and a treat, eager for show and tell with all the friends you have made. A needle and thread ministry has been stitching up useful items ever since Pat McCauley invited some friends to her lower level sewing room 14 years ago. Countless projects have been completed. Records were not kept at first, but now everyone signs a notebook and writes down what is completed at each month’s gathering. Pat organizes the projects, doing prep work to keep things running efficiently. Her lower level is perfectly situated for 7 sewing machines, large cutting tables, ironing, and lots of fabric storage necessary for the wide variety of projects. Bedrolls that include socks, gloves, hat, and a pillow go to homeless shelters. Lap robes, adult bibs, and holiday pillowcases are destined for local nursing homes. Walker bags are a continuing project since it was learned that is the only gift some care facility residents receive. Baby blankets, bibs, and crib sheets welcome little ones. The Ingathering receives many of the donations. In recent years school bags have numbered in the hundreds! Baby jackets have been knit, crocheted, and sewn from fleece. Much of the fabric is donated, but the Maxwell Mission Fund also supports supply purchases. Denim is cut into strips, sewn end to end, and wound into large balls. These are woven into rag rugs at the Veteran’s Home in Marshalltown, so delivery day is a good excuse to enjoy lunch out together. Shared camaraderie is a great benefit when sewing for others! In November there were more than 20 gathered at Pat’s home, representing different churches and communities. A love of sewing and helping others is the thread that binds us.

The UMW Volunteer Sewing Group meets the last Tuesday of the month at the home of a parishioner.