The cohort of quilters at Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. Luke in Chicago, Illinois, is not your grandma’s quilting group. Or at least it’s not only your grandma’s quilting group.
Visit a quilting session and you’ll see middle school-aged workers alongside seasoned members, producing quilts that will make their way to Lutheran World Relief and, from there, people in need around the world. This effort started around 2000 as a way to bring older and younger members of the congregation together. It has since blossomed into a full-on, inter-generational passing of the sewing machine.
Students work with their counterparts to produce quilts while simultaneously getting lessons on how those quilts will impact people around the world and where they end up.