By Shelly Wiebe
Every Wednesday from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. a group of local women with the common interest in quilting, gather at The Thrift Shoppe to share in fellowship and community service.
Although their goal is not based on numbers and quota, they do take pride in quality and craftsmanship of a skill that, according to the women involved, runs deep within the roots of this county.
“It’s a great social time… people in the community know that we are here on Wednesday afternoons and a lot of gentlemen come in to watch us work saying they remember their moms doing this when they were younger,” says volunteer Lorraine Whitlow.
Although five or six women gather regularly at the Thrift Store to tie the quilts, there are many hands that help to start and finish each one.
From the donation of fabrics and supplies, the cutting out and sewing together of fabric squares and the binding done by Ellen Reimer from her home, the effort and teamwork that goes into each quilt is a true testimony of community.
Frieda Dyck and Betty-Anne Reimer, who started running the group from the MB Church years ago, are still in charge today of the organization and motivation of the group.
Frieda says “It’s not about the numbers to us, it’s just about keeping it going… we don’t worry how many quilts we finish in a day or a week. We do what we can and enjoy volunteering while making new friends.”
The ladies do agree that the sale of 600 quilts is quite amazing and are thankful for the community support, which they say was at its all-time high this past summer.
“We have customers that have bought numerous quilts from us. Just last week a local women told me that it was her 20th quilt purchased as a gift,” says Lorraine.
For only $40, you can take home a 60” by 80” hand-crafted quilt, that not only keeps a traditional art of sewing alive in this community, but also helps support MCC, who receives on average 2.5 to 1 ratio of the quilts made at the Thrift Shoppe.
The ladies say they welcome any person within the community that wishes to learn to tie quilts, who is looking for a unique way to volunteer or simply someone who is seeking friendship with a willingness to help.
As for the sale of 600 quilts?
The Thrift Shoppe celebrated by giving away a quilt to one lucky customer who entered a ballot. Shannon Moulton, from Port Rowan was the winner and says the quilt will help keep her and her family snug this coming winter.