Foxxi Ladies present quilts to sheriff’s office
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.
Getting a lesson in quilting, Sheriff Gary Hofmann visits with the Foxxi Lady Quilters in Sudlersville.
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.