In the fall of 2019 the High Prairie Needlers began making children’s comfort quilts. The group’s goal was to donate them to the local fire and sheriff departments. Our thought was that they might help comfort children in crisis situations. We were able to finish 23 “I Spy” quilt tops. Then came COVID-19. The quilt tops sat patiently at Judi Strait’s home awaiting the day we could gather as a group and finish them.
In August, I noticed a message on Facebook from a quilt shop in Albany requesting finished or unfinished quilts for victims of the fires in Oregon. The shop said they would finish the quilts at their own expense for anyone who was willing to donate. After checking with the Needlers, I drove the 23 quilt tops plus 4 finished children’s quilts to Albany. Needless to say, they were delighted with our donation. I was told the response to their request was massive and they were receiving quilts from across the US. Most, however, were adult quilts so our children’s quilts were a blessing.
A huge thank you to Bolts to Blocks Quilts, located in Albany. They finished our projects and made sure all our “babies” were donated to a good home. Hopefully, they will be a comfort to the many children who lost their beloved possessions and send a message to their families they were not alone.
Judi Strait and granddaughters with a few quilt tops