Recycling cloth and keeping loved ones warm was probably the practical motivation from which the art form of quilting evolved. Those who have ever received a quilt as a wedding present, baby gift or heirloom however, will agree that it is the memory of the quilter and the love that went into making it that produces the real warmth.
Members of the Funny River Quilters passed all of that warmth and love along last week to over 30 residents of Heritage Place in Soldotna. According to Pat Bird of the Funny River Quilters, the practice has been going on for several years. "About 3 or 4 years ago a bunch of us were getting together and quilting and we did quilts for Christmas baskets and we thought it was so much fun that we decided that there was a need all over the community. Ever since then we've been making quilts for Heritage Place, Forget-Me-Not, CPGH oncology department, and any organization that needs a donation quilt," said Bird.
Members of the Funny River Quilting Club unfurl over 30 hand-made quilts that were given as holiday gifts to residents at Heritage Place in Soldotna.
The informal club has some 12 members that meet every Thursday at Bird's house at mile 12 of Funny River Road, "We have the whole basement turned over to quilting now days since my kids are gone from home. We get pleasure twice, when we make them, and then when we give them away, it serves a wonderful purpose in the community and for us too," added Bird. Members worked for more than a month to make the quilts given away last week. The club welcomes members of all levels of ability says Bird, and some of the ladies who come don't even sew, but help by ironing or cutting or contribute in many different ways, "We love the help and appreciate any cotton fabrics that people would like to get rid of, because we use up hundreds of yards of fabric." This year the club has made and given away over 150 quilts.
The sparkle in the eyes of those receiving the gifts and the label on each one tells the story of the Funny River Quilters best, "Made with love, we quilt to share, because we care." Anyone interested in joining or helping the Funny River Quilters should call Pat Bird at 262-4708.
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