A week ago the local quilt guild, Country Village Quilters of Moultonborough invited three of us Keepsake Quilters to lunch. The guild also invited members of the Ladies of the Lakes Quilters’ Guild from Wolfeboro, a neighboring lakeside town. The delicious luncheon wasn’t the only treat we experienced that day.
Guest speaker, talented quilt designer and quiltmaker Linda Ramrath, treated us to an inspiring talk and trunk show. She wowed us with her incredible range of quilting styles and techniques.
When our shop manager, Rosemary, said a few words about the sale of Keepsake Quilting and plans for the future, the ladies were so kind and encouraging, with some great ideas for making the shop even more welcoming.
One of the best parts of attending a quilt-guild meeting is hearing the members talk about all the wonderful, caring projects that they do. The Country Village Quilters make quilts and pillowcases for Carroll County foster children, and cruiser quilts that the local police and fire departments carry to comfort children during traumatic times. In the spirit of sharing, the Ladies of the Lakes brought along 12″ quilt blocks to donate to the Country Village Quilters’ projects.
The Country Village Quilters also help out with the Ladies of the Lakes’ project of making quilts for David’s House, a low-cost temporary residence for the families of children being treated at New Hampshire’s Dartmouth-Hitchcock Hospital. In 1986 the Ladies of the Lakes began making quilts for David’s House, and each child gets to take home their own quilt. For over 30 years, guild members have invested their hearts and souls in this wonderful project.
Just down the lake from Keepsake Quilting, members of the Belknap Mill Quilter’s Guild of Laconia make quilts for residential students at the Spaulding Youth Center in Northfield. The center is an intensive therapeutic setting for children with a range of challenges. Each child receives a quilt made specifically for them. The quilters say it’s like picking out fabrics and patterns to make a quilt for your own grandchild. The Belknap Mill guild also makes quilts for each woman who graduates from the CORE (Corrections Opportunity for Recovery and Education) program at the Belknap County Jail. Last Christmas, the guild also donated 87 quilts to the Inter-lakes Children’s Fund, an organization that helps families in need during the holidays.
Just think of all the children and adults who have been comforted by the quilts made by the Country Village Quilters, the Ladies of the Lakes and the Belknap Mill quilters. And that’s just the three closest guilds to Keepsake Quilting in Center Harbor, New Hampshire. This generosity isn’t just happening in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire; it’s happening all over the country and around the world. It just goes to prove that quilters are truly caring people, and when they work together in groups, they can do amazing things.