The Quilts of Love group of First Unitarians now in its sixth year creating quilts and donating them to Portland Homeless Family Solutions (PHFS). In response to a request for blankets for the shelter, similar to one in last week’s church bulletin, the group was started by a group of women who liked to sew and quilt. When Rev. Kate Lore was asked by Holly North about making quilts for the families, her response was, “It would be like wrapping the families in love.” Since then, the group has created 165 quilts, mostly family-sized, and almost all donated to PHFS. When a family in shelter at PHFS finds a permanent home, they get to select a quilt created by Quilts of Love for their new home.
Although making quilts for PHFS has been its primary focus, the group has also created the pair of banners which have been hanging in the sanctuary, created items for the Alliance green sale, and participated in various ways in the church auction. A total of 70 pillowcases have been donated to PHFS via some sew-in’s coordinated by Quilts of Love.
While Quilts of Love has created a wealth of items in the past five years, the joy of sharing, the friendships and comradery developed through this group cannot be measured. Quilts of Love welcomes new participants and there are ways to assist, without a lot of quilting experience. Donations of cotton fabric or batting are always appreciated. Monthly meetings are held the third Thursday of the month at noon–1:30 p.m. at the church.
Additionally, Modern Domestic, a quilt shop located in NE Portland, has generously donated its sewing space, and use of machines and tools, to Quilts of Love the first Thursday of the month from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information about the group, please contact one of the co-chairs: Anna Thorn or Holly North.