A Gilbertsville quilting club has dedicated itself to turning its members’ labors into comfort for soldiers, cancer victims, Alzheimer’s victims and newborns, among others.
The Gilbert Block Quilters formed in January 2000 and has 30 members. Its mission is to distribute the members’ work throughout Chenango, Otsego and Delaware counties. The members made 70 quilts in 2012, with some traveling as far as Afghanistan.
The group meets from 2 to 4 p.m. on the second and fourth Sundays of the month at the Gilbertsville Baptist Church. However, during January, February and March, it holds an additional meeting — for sewing — on the third Saturday of the month in conjunction with the church’s soup ‘n’ sandwich event to help the church raise funds, member Nancy Cody said Wednesday.
The women have made lap quilts for residents of the Chase Memorial Nursing Home in New Berlin; 9-by-12-inch works for the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative auction, raising $482 to be used for Alzheimer’s research; and fleece “snugglies” (baby buntings) for newborns at Chenango Memorial Hospital. They’ve also donated quilts to the Crime Victim’s Advocacy of Delaware County and Ronald McDonald House and have made “snuggly” pillows for foster children.
In November, the members made red, white, and blue quilts that were distributed before Christmas to 13 U.S. soldiers stationed in Afghanistan.
Cody said the group makes its donations as events happen throughout the year.
“We don’t necessarily have plans in stone,” she said. “We do things that come along. For instance, we are doing the Alzheimer’s challenge again because one of our members lost her father to Alzheimer’s.”
But this year, the group already knows where its first quilts are going.
“I know that right off the bat, the first thing in January, we’re going to be donating five quilts” to a Norwich family that was burned out of its home, she said. “They have five children — and we’re going to be giving a quilt to each of the children.”
Some of the group’s members also are part of the knitting and crochet group called Nitwits and Hookers. These artisans knit and crocheted more than 50 chemotherapy caps for patients of Bassett and Fox Hospitals in Cooperstown and Oneonta, respectively.
Anyone with ideas about groups or people who might benefit from the quilters’ work or interested in making fabric or financial donations, can contact Cody at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 843-9397.