The initial response was so great that the program has become an annual event that’s popular with women and even a fellow or two. When asked whether she had really completed 20 quilt tops this year, Schwark responded, “Well, I’ve sewn more than 20” (the actual total is over 30).
Fuhrmann stopped counting when she finished 10. It’s hard not to admire and be inspired by their work ethic and giving attitude. This year’s event will run from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. at the church, 6111 Shelby St., where guests are welcome to participate. All materials will be provided, and so sewing skills are needed. Additional information is available by calling 317-783-2000.
Numerous tables will be covered with quilt squares as helpers contribute their services for an hour or longer or all day. Co-coordinator Judy Kirkland explained the process, “Each quilt is made of 48 squares, sewn together to make a 60-by-80-inch top. Since the ultimate purpose of a quilt is to provide warmth, a layer of batting is placed between the decorative top and a bottom layer of fabric. Each quilt is tied at least every 8 to 10 inches.
“The final step involves machine stitching the edges. The design layout on some quilts is easy, while others are more creative. The fabric and materials have been donated by Calvary members.”
Schwark relies on assistance from her son, Jim, for the layout of squares. Calvary’s quilters certainly do not limit their efforts to one day. They sew year-round providing additional quilts for Lutheran World Relief as well as sending quilts with volunteers who serve on missions trips to India and El Salvador.
The relief agency has partners around the world and sends the quilts where they are most needed. A certain number is kept in warehouses for emergency relief efforts.