A stitch in time

Granny’s quil­ters re­tire af­ter 25,000 do­na­tions

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - PROFILES -

Af­ter mak­ing 25,000 quilts over the past decade and a half, mem­bers of Granny’s Quilts of Love are re­tir­ing. The club will not host its an­nual fund-rais­ing din­ner and auction this year.

The ladies of Granny’s have worked for nearly 15 years to make quilts for sick chil­dren who are be­ing treated at Arkansas Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal in Lit­tle Rock as a true la­bor of love.

“We have de­cided that this year, dur­ing which we will have do­nated over 25,000 quilts, will be our last,” club sec­re­tary Alice Crab­tree said.

Granny’s be­gan in 2004, when Lindsey Drue Crow­der, 2, of Ben­tonville, was di­ag­nosed with acute lym­phoblas­tic leukemia.

Lindsey’s grand­mother, Mary Mar­garet Webb of Pea Ridge, made her a quilt, which was admired by other chil­dren at ACH. Mary Mar­garet made 60 quilts, and it be­came ap­par­ent that these quilts, in bright col­ors and kid-friendly themes, were a great source of com­fort to the chil­dren.

Mary Mar­garet and Lindsey’s fra­ter­nal grand­mother, Margie Crow­der, be­gan re­cruit­ing others to help make quilts, and Granny’s was born.

“We want these quilts to re­mind the chil­dren how much they are loved, and to give them a sense of se­cu­rity as they fight a life-threat­en­ing dis­ease,” Crab­tree said.

The Friendly Stitch­ers of Bella Vista joined Granny’s Quilts of Love around 2009. More than 30 women from Pea Ridge, Bella Vista, Rogers, and Ben­tonville have to­gether contributed more than 7,000 vol­un­teer hours each year to make Granny’s a suc­cess.

Pro­ceeds from the an­nual din­ner and auction, which has tra­di­tion­ally been held dur­ing Au­gust at Pea Ridge High School, went to­ward the pur­chase of fab­ric and bat­ting for the quilts. At monthly meet­ings, the mem­bers mea­sured and cut ma­te­ri­als, which the ladies then took home and sewed to­gether into the quilts.

When­ever a com­mu­nity mem­ber is mak­ing a trip to Lit­tle Rock, com­pleted quilts are loaded up and de­liv­ered. Pea Ridge Mayor Jackie Crab­tree, who makes fre­quent trips to Lit­tle Rock as part of his du­ties, is a reg­u­lar de­liv­ery­man.

“Granny’s is our mis­sion, but there is no way we could have made all of these quilts with­out the sup­port of our com­mu­nity mem­bers and busi­nesses that gen­er­ously do­nated goods for our din­ner and auction,” Crab­tree said. “We are grate­ful.”

TIMES file photo

Mem­bers of Granny’s Quilts of Love cel­e­brated the com­ple­tion of 22,000 quilts in 2016.

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