Since the group started in 1991, the Redwood Area Quilters have grown into a group with members come from as far away as Willmar, Vesta, Sleepy Eye, Wood Lake, Lamberton, and Marshall.
The monthly meetings in the Methodist Church at Redwood Falls are mostly opportunities to share quilting techniques and show off their recent creations.
However, in recent years, the Quilters have focused on creating charity quilts.
Quilts have been donated to area hospitals, to veterans groups in Redwood and Brown Counties, to womens shelters, to hospices, to the New Horizons Crisis Center, and to Share the Spirit, among other organizations.
Earlier this year, the Redwood Area Quilters began doing a sewing day at the Redwood Falls Public Library, specifically for creating charity quilts.
However, member Linda Bucholz said, “The Saturday sewing days aren’t just for the members — anyone is welcome to come in with any project. There’s years of sewing expertise in the room, and we’re always happy to share.”
The sewing days are usually on the first Saturday of the month, but for scheduling reasons the next one had to be set for April 20, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Every other year the members team up to create a special raffle quilt as a fundraiser.
This year’s quilt has over 4,500 pieces, all contributed by all the members. Raffle tickets are available from all group members, and the drawing will be held at the next Elfin’ Magic Craft Show on Nov. 30.
The quilters are hosting a trunk show. Maxine Rosenthal, Minnesota’s 2012 Quilter of the Year, will speak about “Stitching Through My Life” on Friday, April 5 at 7 p.m. in the Redwood Area Community Center.
The show is co-sponsored by the Thrivent Community — Redwood Area.
Admission to the trunk show is free, but donations of non-perishable food items or cash will be collected for the Redwood Area Food Shelf.
For more information about the Redwood Area Quilters, or the trunk show, contact Elaine Steffen at 507-648-3335.