The mission of Cuddle Quilts has been going since 1991 here at our church. It began with Ellen Farnham, with making small quilts for at-risk babies & children and was called ABC Quilts. When that program ended, the name changed to Cuddle Quilts to reflect the love and care that goes into them, as well as the love and comfort they bring to the children at Golisano Children’s Hospital. In the early years there were as many as 25 women who gathered in our Fellowship Hall to piece tops, add the batting & backing, and do the machine sewing. Then they are handed off to the tiers to finish them up. Last, but very important, is the label that we put on each quilt: “Made with love by the Cuddle Quilters at the United Methodist Church of North Chili,” and a heart symbol!
We have dwindled to about 5 women now, though some ladies join us from out of our immediate area. We meet almost every month on the second Saturday from 9am – Noon. Sewing, trimming, tying, and labeling quilts of comfort. We have some supplies, but we really could use more hands to do this important work. If you sew, you could make a top or two at home, with kid-friendly cotton fabrics, pastels or brights, boys theme or girls. Take a look at some of the Quilts draped over the Altar rail in the Sanctuary or on the pews in Adams Hall for inspiration!
If you have fabrics to donate, please see Susann or MaryLou. And we’d be pleased to have you simply hold one of the quilts and say a prayer of healing and care for the child who will receive it.
We’ll be meeting in February on Saturday the 10th, if the weather doesn’t stop us. Please consider coming to our workshop.
– Susann Pruitt, for Cuddle Quilts