Dawn Young has been a lifelong church volunteer often supporting quilting groups at her church. Now she's learning to sew quilts.

Dedicated quilt group volunteer finally learns how to quilt!

  • Gary Fields
  • Jan 9, 2019
Carrying forward her mother's legacy, Dawn Young proves it's never too late to learn!

Dawn Young has done everything you can in a quilting group — except make a quilt.

“I never learned how to sew,” she says.

At 54, she is working to change that.

The member of Christ Lutheran Church of Elm Creek in Seguin, Texas, has been taking sewing lessons from friend Jo Kraft since August 2018.

“Jo set up the sewing machine, but made me do everything, from turning it on to threading the needle,” says Dawn. “After a couple of boo-boos, I actually sewed together four rows of eight squares. I’m still learning.”

A heart for serving others.

Dawn says she always wanted to be a quilter for Lutheran World Relief. She’s done as much as she can to help other quilters: bringing breakfast to the group, packing quilts up and getting the boxes ready to ship to ingatherings.

She has even helped at the local ingathering, joining other church groups in combining the completed quilts and kits and loading them on a truck or box car for delivery to one of Lutheran World Relief’s warehouses. From there, the quilts are shipped around the world.

“But I have never actually sewn a quilt top,” she says.

Carrying forward a legacy

Dawn says she isn’t sure why she never learned. Especially since she grew up watching a sewer-extraordinaire: her mother, Joyce Young. Dawn says her mom could sew anything, from a wedding dress for her sister to a suit for her brother. And her mom spent lots of time sewing quilt tops for LWR Mission Quilts.

“She did it with gusto!” says Dawn of her mom, who has passed away.

Dawn is deeply involved in her church and community. She sings in the choir, performs with the newly-formed bell choir, chairs the worship and music committee, and volunteers at the local food bank. She is a member of the Women of ELCA and served on the Southwestern Texas Synodical Board, including four years as president.

On her way

“I still have this desire to learn how to actually sew,” says Dawn. She continues, “Philippians 4:13 says it best: ‘I can do all things through him who strengthens me.’ Someday soon, I will have finished my first quilt top. Hopefully my quilt top can provide warmth or shelter for someone in need.”

We give thanks to Dawn for all that she has done, and all she is learning to do, for people in need around the world through the LWR Quilt & Kit Ministry. (And we really hope she sends us a picture of her first quilt top so that we can share it with you! Hint, hint, Dawn...)

Gary Fields, Jan 9, 2019 email