Lutheran group makes quilts for world relief project

by: MICHELE BERTALOT/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Virginia Misfeldt and Thelma Bendix work on a quilt for the church's holiday baskets to be given  out during the holidays.

Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Prineville is warming hearts and bodies across the globe with their handmade quilts.
   Last month, the church quilting group contributed 83 quilts to the Lutheran World Relief project.
   "We just call ourselves the quilt ladies," quilter Nilla Landers said of the 10 ladies that meet each Monday.
   The quilts were taken to Portland, where they are shipped to Maine and from there, across the globe.
   "They can go to Iraq, Iran... Wherever there is a need," Landers explained.
   Each of the 83 quilts took about an hour, if the women combine their efforts.
   The donation of the quilts is part of the nationally-scaled Lutheran World Relief project. The Lutheran World Relief is in its 60th year of operation.
   In addition to the 83 quilts, the Prineville church also sent out essential items in school and health kits for needy families.
   "This is our 10th year doing the project," said Landers.
   The postage to mail the quilts is more expensive than the cost to make the quilt, Landers explained. To alleviate the cost, every 10th quilt the church will sell to pay for part of the shipping costs.
   All of the fabric for the quilts were been donated by people in the congregation and community.
   On top of the 83 recently donated quilts, the group is also making quilts for Christmas boxes they deliver into the community for the holidays.
   In the past, the ladies had met twice a month, but with holidays approaching, they now meet every Monday from 9 to 11 a.m.
   They hope to make at least 10 quilts for the community Christmas baskets.
   "We are working every Monday and are getting a lot done," said Landers.
   Quilts will be on sale during the church's "Food Fair" on Dec. 4.
   Although most of the quilters are members of the church, it is not required.
   "Anyone that wants to help is more than welcome," said Landers.
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