LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)– A Lexington group is spreading warmth across the city. They call themselves ‘The Thrifty Needles’ and they’ve turned their hobby into a quilting group with a mission.
The quilts are stitched together with love.
“Sometimes we set them with triangles, sometimes we set them with strips,” said Barbara West.
This is the group’s 15th year. They meet at Rosemont Baptist Church every Wednesday and get to work.
The group started out as a way for some of the ladies to learn to quilt, but now it has turned into a mission for children across Kentucky.
“We had all these quilts we didn’t know what to do with, so we found some agencies that would take them,” said West.
Large quilts are given to the Dessie Scott Children’s Home, and baby quilts and bears are sent to the neonatal unit at Baptist Health.
In all, they estimate that they’ve made about 600 quilts over the years.
Each of the quilts has a story of its own made from fabric brought in by various donors. The ladies pattern them with the resources they have, knowing soon, they’ll be in the hands of a grateful child. It is perhaps the first real thing they can call their own.
“I don’t know if you’ve slept under a quilt, but its a different warmth from that, so to me, it’s just giving them something that’s comfort,” she said.
The Thrifty Needles are open to new members, and if you don’t know how to sew, they’ll teach you.
Contact Rosemont Baptist Church for more information.