Piece Makers

The Piece Makers cut, design, and assemble quilts for Lutheran World Relief.  They use primarily donated fabric which would otherwise go to waste, and add batting, along with their time and care.

This is not your grandmother's quilting, where they spent a several years making one quilt from tiny scraps.  But it is a similar idea.  In 2017 Trinity made over 120 quilts for distribution world wide.

There are lots of ways to lend a hand which do not require sewing skills.    All of our quilts are made from a consistent pattern of large squares. 

  • There is bulk fabric to be cut into squares with a plastic guide
  • The actual top of the quilt needs to be laid out visually using pre-cut squares
  • The squares do need to be sewn together precisely.  Yes, this does require some skill with a sewing machine.  Some people take pre-designed bunches of squares home
  • The resultant sewn top needs to get mated with a bottom sheet and batting, and tied together. This is probably where most of the time and labor happens, and it requires: 
    • Laying out the bottom, batting, and top on a table
    • Smoothing out wrinkles and kinks
    • Pinning the three layers together, starting at the middle and working out, in order to keep it straight and flat
    • Then running a needle with strong thread (which they call floss) through all three layers in the middle and corners of each square and tying it with a square knot.  This requires a little bit of deterity, and hand strength.
    • Then the edges are rolled up, trimmed, and pinned 
  • Finally, the edge border gets sewn on a machine.

Currently, people meet on Monday morning at 10-12am and Thursday at 6-8:30pm.  There are also the occasional Saturday sessions with lunch provided.  The next one is June 30th. 

You can get an visual idea of what we do, and how you can help, by looking at the video and picture links below.

Quilt Makers
- Pictures from 2017 Quilting Day (Gadget)
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