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Homemakers to craft pillows, quilts and blankets

By Denny Rose
Special to The PREVIEW

All area women are invited to come have lunch, visit and work with other women to create pillows, quilts and blankets at the CSU Extension Building on the Fairgrounds on Thursday, April 10.

“There is no need for talent or experience,” according to Barbara Ford, chairperson for the work day. “There are so many jobs including ironing, moving materials from one station to another, tying, stuffing, folding and packing. And, it is a great time to visit and get to know Mountain View Homemaker members and others who come help that day.”

Members and guests will gather at 11:30 a.m., have lunch promptly at noon and then work on the items to be used by Pine Ridge, Hospice, Pagosa Pregnancy Support Center and other organizations. The comfort pillows and their colorful cases will be used to support or cushion arms, legs and backs of those recuperating from accident, injury or conditions.

Anyone with a serger or sewing machine, and the skill to use them, is urged to bring it and come prepared to stitch up the pillows and cases. Then there is a need for lots of help in stuffing the pillows, returning them to be stitched closed, and then putting each into a colorful pillow case.

The quilts are fun. It takes just a couple of minutes to learn how to go about tying the sandwiched quilt tops, flannel insides and quilt backs. The beautiful quilt tops have been pre-made and even those of us with no sewing skills have a chance to feel that we’ve accomplished a lot when, with a partner, we complete the tying process for a quilt.

Meanwhile, those with the sewing machines and sergers will bind the edges of soft flannel material that will become receiving blankets so girls who attend the Pregnancy Support Center can learn by participating in classes that teach preparing for and caring for their babies.

Mountain View Homemakers is a 50-year-old organization that meets monthly on the second Thursday of each month, usually at the CSU Extension Building on the Fairgrounds. All women are urged to attend, and visitors are not expected to bring food. There are no dues or membership requirements and anyone attending for the second time automatically becomes a member.

This story was posted on April 3, 2014.