Stitches of Love

All are welcome!

We, the quilters of St Charles Borromeo, take snips and pieces of donated materials and rearrange them “miraculously” into quilt patterns, that are easy on the eye, and warming to the heart and body. In the past, we have donated our “creations” to several veteran group programs, our homebound, expecting young teen mothers, social ministry baby showers, the villa youth, area group homes, GVA, raffles for our youth group, and city shelters.

We came together at St Charles in September, 2010—-a former ministry group of Our Lady of Mercy. We were made up of 12
women who shared an interest in sewing, and wanted to learn to quilt. Most of us had never made a quilt in our life! In this short period of time at St Charles, we have donated over 300 lap-sized quilts to individuals in our community. Our current members include: Barb Gerardi, Christine McNally, Alice Styles, Kathy Muller, Sharon Lachima, Jean St John, Maria Kasper, Georgia Sadler, Gail Yarus and Mary Eggleston.

We meet the first and third Wednesday of the month in the school building, from 6-7:30 PM. We start our gatherings in September, and they run through the end of April. A display of all of our donated quilts for that year are shown in the back of church after the Masses,one weekend in May. Why do we belong to this ministry? Each of us has a talent/interest in sewing. When we found others that had that interest and came together, we created a little community that sets goals and works
together to outreach to others…….especially those we may not even know. Coming together each month over the years has formed a unique friendship among us. Some meetings we seem to “chat” more than we quilt!

I would recommend to anyone that would like to try their skill at quilting, or even observe, to come join us at one of our gatherings. You don’t need to bring any tools or supplies…all of our machines and material have been graciously donated by members of our own parish community. God continues to provide what we need to keep our ministry going! For more information contact Mary Eggleston at maryegg58@yahoo.com.