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Quilters reach out to needy

Wednesday, February 9, 2011 - 5:06pm

WATSON, La (FOX44) -- With colder temperatures on the way, one local group of people put their stitching skills to good use. This group of Watson quilters stays busy sending their blankets all over the community.

When Annie Taylor joined the Piecemakers, she didn't know how to make a quilt. "I had no idea what I was getting myself into," she says. But a few simple lessons in stitiching, and she was hooked. "We love others and we want to help them."

Eight years later, Taylor has helped make thousands of quilts. "We have some in Romania. We have some at the Raven House. We have some at the homeless shelters," says Taylor. They send their quilts to hospitals, to fire victims, and to anyone who could use something to keep warm during the winter.

The Piecemakers started with one bag of sheets 11 years ago. Dolores Corkern and a friend sewed nearly 100 blankets for a children's home. That was just the beginning.

"The Lord just opens that door, and there's a need and we supply the need," says Corkern.

On a good day, the group boasts about 25 quilters. They can make up to eight of the brightly-colored blankets every time they meet. "I've made 20 so far this year," says Clara Ellis. "Last year, I made 150."

Those quilts are put to good use almost immediately. "That's sometimes the only thing they have," Ellis says of the people who recieve the quilts.

All of the quilters say their work is a reminder to the needy that people care. "Some of the thank you notes we get bring tears to your eyes," says Corkern.

For many, like Taylor, the club is all about putting passion into their patchwork. "Put it all together and you spell warmth," says Taylor. "You spell love, compassion. It's just all wrapped up in that one thing."

The Piecemakers run entirely on donations. To help them out, call the Live Oaks Methodist Church and offer a donation to the quilting fun. Call them at (225) 664-4801

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