WORK DAY for Orphan Grain Train-Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 9a to 3p
Quilting and Work Day activities are HANDS-ON mission projects where we serve the Lord with our hands (and feet in some cases) On quilting days we make quilts for relief organizations like Orphan Grain Train. The quilts are used by displaced or needy people, often after a tragedy, like an earthquake or hurricane. In addition to a blanket, individuals use the quilt for whatever is needed - a makeshift tent, a baby sling, bed, etc. Given the utilitarian nature of the quilts, beauty and intricacy is less important than durability. No special skills are required. If you have a desire to help a stranger through a trying time in his/her life, come to a quilting event and you will be shown what to do. Beginners often start with simple knot-tying, but anyone with more experience will also find plenty to do laying out tops and backs, sewing bindings, etc. Those with advanced sewing skills can also contribute by making quilts for the annual quilt auction held in the fall/winter.
On work days we often have many different projects set out. Pillowcase dresses are made for young girls in poor regions to boost self esteem. In the Girls Helping Girls project, washable menstrual pads are sewn and assembled into kits to help girls attend school throughout the month. Help is needed for everything from sewing the products, to ironing, cutting, and packing materials for shipping.
We typically meet in Fellowship Hall (the church basement) all day for one of the days (9am to 3pm) (bringing a bagged lunch if you are staying through the lunch hour) and half a day on the other day we meet (9am to noon, or noon to 3pm). Coffee is provided. One great feature of quilting times is the fellowship. As our hands are busy, we are getting to know one another. Please consider joining us, even if it is just to stop in for an hour. All help is appreciated!