The Sunshine Quilters



 Quilts are a valuable part of our country’s heritage; starting with the patchwork quilts created by the early colonists to the very vital art that quilting is today.  The Happy Sewing Circle began working together as a team on May 4th, 1986.  Years later it was changed to The Sunshine Quilters.

The Canadian Maple Leaf quilt and two throw pillows was the first project.  Sealed bids were received starting at $200 and it went to the highest bidder for $301 at the bazaar.  A job well done! 

Norma Sankey and Shelda Tormey loaned us quilting frames to get started.  Jim Baughman donated four quilt tops and patches for two more that his grandmother, Mrs. Thomas Baughman, had made and came from his Uncle Andrew Baughman’s home.  They were hand pieced in the 1930’s and given by Jim and Fay to the church to finish and sell. 

From our profits we have purchased two quilting frames, bought a word processor for the office and the carpet for the parsonage on arrival of Rev. and Mrs. Joe Aurand.  We donated towards electric and fuel bills, did crafts for the bazaar, donated two quilts – one to the Columbia Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary and the Community Historical Foundation for fund-raisers, made three baby quilts for gifts and purchased an open window in honor of Rev. and Mrs. Kenneth Loss.  The Ministerium Pastors wives purchased a quilt for Rev. and Mrs. Robert Stokes, plus too many others to mention.  All quilt profits go to the church.  16 quilts for children were given to the Ronald McDonald House, Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA on August 1992.

Quilting takes time, patience and love.  The needle is strong and straight, leads the way, with the thread, secure within, and naturally follows on.  We have become good friends as we fellowship and quilt every Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Snacks at 10:00 and brown bag at 12:00.  We pay $1.00 for our coffee with this money going to buy coffee, cups, and paper towels and has allowed us to purchase our own coffee pot.

“The joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10)