Foxxi Ladies present quilts to sher­iff’s of­fice

Record Observer - - Front Page - By HAN­NAH COMBS hcombs@kibay­times.com

SUDLERSVILLE — Through the ef­forts of a ded­i­cated group of quil­ters in Sudlersville, 73 quilts were do­nated on Tues­day, Dec. 20, to the Queen Anne’s County Sher­iff’s Of­fice.

The 36-inch square quilts were des­ig­nated “Com­fort Quilts” by the Foxxi Ladies Quil­ters, said quilt­ing in­struc­tor Shel­ley Wheat­man.

Wheat­man, who is the Sudlersville Senior Cen­ter man­ager, and Donna Sch­midt, a Con­tin­u­ing Ed­u­ca­tion and Work­force Train­ing in­struc­tor for Ch­e­sa­peake College, who teaches a class spon­sored by the college each se­mes­ter at the senior cen­ter, helped bring the project to fruition.

Sch­midt said the idea came about when one of the women in the group re­ceived an anony­mous do­na­tion of a large quan­tity of fab­ric from a man in Wilmington who knew of the quilt­ing group.

Sch­midt said many of the ladies who par­tic­i­pate in the quilt­ing class have fam­ily mem­bers who work in law en­force­ment or with the fire ser­vice and they had dis­cussed how of­ten th­ese first re­spon­ders are called to ac­ci­dents, fires or vic­tims of do­mes­tic abuse. To pro­vide some com­fort to chil­dren in th­ese trau­matic sit­u­a­tions they came up with the idea of craft­ing quilts that could be handed out by law en­force­ment.

They be­gan the project in

mid-Septem­ber with 14 women hand cut­ting the fab­ric and then piec­ing and quilt­ing it to­gether by ma­chine. Bat­ting is sewn between the fab­ric, ex­plained Sch­midt, to lend the quilt some warmth and it took between three and four hours to as­sem­ble each quilt.

The group met ev­ery Tues­day and one Mon­day a month with many vol­un­teers tak­ing pieces home to con­tinue work on them, she said. A new class be­gins each se­mes­ter with the college sched­ule, ex­plained Sch­midt, but we just keep sewing and don’t take a break.

“It is a great group to be a part of,” said Sch­midt, “and we have a nice time to­gether, but it means a lot that we can do this for the chil­dren.”

Sher­iff Gary Hof­mann went to the Sudlersville Senior Cen­ter to meet the many ladies who had con­trib­uted to the project and see a lit­tle of the quilts com­ing to­gether. Hof­mann was very ap­pre­cia­tive of the quilts and is en­cour­ag­ing his staff to take the quilts to keep in their pa­trol cars and hand out lo­cally as needed.

Each of the child-size “com­fort quilts” is a dif­fer­ent pat­tern and is la­beled with a sticker that says ei­ther boy, girl or neu­tral.

PHOTO BY HAN­NAH COMBS

Get­ting a les­son in quilt­ing, Sher­iff Gary Hof­mann visits with the Foxxi Lady Quil­ters in Sudlersville.

PHOTO BY HAN­NAH COMBS

From left, Sally Pierce, Mar­garet Em­bert, Carol Wil­son, Donna Sch­midt (in­struc­tor), Bet­tye Lar­ri­more, Sher­iff Gary Hof­mann, Carol Cox, Bar­bara Clark, Betty Davis, Vir­ginia Roberts and Corky Wil­helm. Not pic­tured, Shel­ley Wheat­man, Sudlersville Senior Cen­ter Direc­tor.

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