More than 30 volunteers will be meeting during the day on Saturday, September 15th to help assemble quilt tops for the Quilts of Valor project at the Summit Hill Heritage Center, including members of the Carbon County Quilters' Guild, members of the Summit Hill Heritage Center and town residents. The event will run from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday.
"We will be piecing, assembling, sewing and pressing two quilt tops in two teams," said Heritage Board President Deb Ranck who is also a member of the guild. The two quilt tops will bring the total quilts donated by the guild over the last 10 years to about a dozen.
Ranck said that while the volunteers will be assembling the tops there is a long arm quilter that will assemble the tops with the batting and the bottoms before sending them to the Wounded Warriors organization for distribution to injured shoulders. The slightly larger than lap size quilts are distributed to injured veterans by the Wounded Warriors. The long arm quilter is a machine that does the assembly work and the quilting of the tops to the bottoms.
Ranck said the quilts are being made from cloth donated by women throughout Carbon County as well as a guild to which she belongs in the Harrisburg area. The Center also donated funds from an annual Declaration of Independence reading held on July 4th which will be used to defray costs for the day. Donations will also be accepted during the day's activities if anyone wants to stop by and do so or even help.
"There will be a manly man menu of food for lunch that day," said Ranck. The food will be provided by the men on the board of directors of the Center as well as some of the volunteers who do not sew.
Ranck said it normally takes one person about three months to finish a quilt top, but by taking this team approach they hope to have a pair completed in one day.
"We will also be holding another event in the spring for people who were not able to make this one on Saturday," she said. She added that people can come and go as they please and put in whatever time they have available. "They can stay for as little time as they can or they can spend the day with us."
For more information on how you can volunteer to help with Saturday's event or for more information, contact Elnora Clay at (570) 645-3381.
The Center is located at 1 W. Hazard Street in Summit Hill and is a 501c3 Non-profit organization dedicated to providing entertainment, social and cultural events to the community.