The Patches of Time Quilting Guild is putting their sewing skills to good use spreading cheer in Osceola County.
The local St. Cloud quilting group has donated approximately 250 homemade place mats to Osceola Council on Aging’s Meals on Wheels program.
The Osceola Council on Aging Meals on Wheels is a program that provides homebound seniors over 60 and disabled adults in the community with two nutritious hot and cold meals. The meals are prepared and delivered by volunteers. The homemade place mats bring color, comfort and joy into the homes of the Meals on Wheels recipients.
“When we know there’s a need, we try to see what we can do to help,” said Ann Biava, Patches of Time Quilting Guild member.
Members make the place mats using their own funds and own materials.
The guild has been a staple of St. Cloud for the last 26 years. Guild members meet every Tuesday at the Community House near downtown St. Cloud. The quilting group has 75 members made up of both local area residents and snowbirds.
When they discovered a way to pitch in and help with such a necessary service, the guild didn’t think twice.
“One of our members thought it would be nice if Meals on Wheels could give a place mat when they delivered their meals. We put it to a vote and of course we all said, ‘yes,’”said Melanie Moore, who is the secretary of the Patches of Time Quilting Guild.
“It started out originally as just doing St. Cloud and we needed about 79 place mats,” said Moore. “When those were done and turned in, one of our members found there was a need in Kissimmee, Poinciana and Kenansville along with the unincorporated area of the county. We pitched in and made more place mats for Meals on Wheels. We all get different patterns and make the place mats. Sometimes we work on them on Tuesdays. Some of us work on them at home.”
The guild has several organizations it routinely donates to. Project Linus donates quilts and security blankets to infants and children aged up to 14 who are in need. Patches of Time Quilting Guild makes pillowcases for Ryan’s Case for Smiles, a national charity that donates colorful pillowcases to children’s hospitals.
The guild also works with the St. Cloud VFW to make quilts that are then distributed to local and homeless veterans.
“We work on some things for ourselves, but we’re always working on items for the different organizations. That’s nonstop,” said Moore.
On Saturday, Oct. 20, the guild is hosting its annual bazaar at the Community House in downtown St. Cloud. They will be selling an assortment of homemade items and baked goods to raise funds for their various projects. They invite those interested to attend. The bazaar is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.