One Sunday after morning services, Sinclair and the St. Luke quilters invited church members to a special luncheon to learn about Lutheran World Relief Quilts & Kits of Care.
After enjoying lunch and a presentation by LWR staff in the quilt room, the 55 attendees went from station to station learning about the process of making a quilt. At the first stop, a quilter talked about cutting and piecing strips and squares of donated fabric to make colorful quilt tops. At the second, another quilter demonstrated how to cut the batting and choose the right color backing and thread to make the quilt “pop.”
“We’re giving these quilts to people in need. Some will live and die in them. We should make them as beautiful as we can,” explains Sinclair, who has been sewing since she was 10.
At the next stations, they learned to tie the quilt, then pin and sew the edges. Sinclair says seeing and praying over the finished product definitely brought the ministry home for the attendees.
The quilters also set up a table featuring LWR Baby Care Kits, School Kits, Personal Care Kits and Fabric Kits.
In addition to realizing how these ministries impact people in some of their greatest times of need, Sinclair says the event helped people to realize that quilting and kit-making is a way to be active in a close-knit community. “It gets people up and out of their houses,” she says. “It’s a chance to get together and chitchat.”