For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.” – Matthew 18:20 (NRSV)
Norma Hrovat, Bob Ashley and Carolynn Ploch proved there is strength in small numbers when the Holy Spirit is present.
The trio at Immanuel Lutheran Church in LaSalle County, Ill., — known as the county line church — were the quilt-producing engine of the small, country-church congregation. Despite an average age of 83 between them, they cranked out about 250 quilts a year, which is the equivalent of nearly one quilt every work day.
Norma says she and Carolynn were motivated by their dear friend Bob’s tireless production of quilt tops.
“We tried to keep up and do so many because Bob was doing lots of tops, so we kept trying to increase,” she says.
Bob recently passed away from cancer. He was still sewing up until the last couple weeks before he died.
“When he first started, he didn’t know anything about what he was doing!” Norma says. She also says that his wife had a machine but didn’t want him messing it up so she got him one of his own.