The dedicated quilters at Gethsemane Lutheran Church take a break from quilting to capture a photo!

Quilters Were Thrilled to Spot Their Handiwork in the Arms of A Refugee

Carol Rodine, leader of the quilting group from GETHSEMANE LUTHERAN CHURCH in Hopkins, Minn., says they immediately recognized the fabric pieces in the cover photo of the current Quilt & Kit Ministry Guide. It came from a local children’s store where they get material for their quilts.

“Beginning in 2015 the owner of the [store] began to offer bolt ends and leftover bolts of woven and knit fabric to us. We have become very familiar with the patterns and colors in all of that fabric,” says Carol.

The quilt traveled all the way to Lebanon and is now comforting a refugee from Syria. In the photo, the young woman holds the quilt and a Personal Care Kit.


A refugee from Lebanon holding the Gethsemane Quilter's creation.

A refugee from Lebanon holding the Gethsemane Quilter's creation.

Since 1989, young and old gather at the church on Wednesday mornings to sew, tie, fill and finish quilts for Lutheran World Relief and other organizations. Today, the group has 40 members on the roster and more than 25 in regular attendance.

Evie Asplin has been a member of the group for nearly four decades. She says she returns week after week for fellowship with a group of ladies who have become like family.