The Good Samaritan Quilters have been a part of the outreach program at St. James for many years. They are a group of 10-12 women who meet in Hazelett Hall on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month from “about” 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM. Some of our members bring quilt tops and bottoms which are put together with batting and yarn using square knots. Others will take the tied quilts home to finish with bindings and our label. Every two or three months the completed quilts are displayed over the pews and blessed by Fr. Williams and the congregation.
The quilts are distributed wherever there might be a need. At Easter and Christmas a quilt is provided for every child at the Good Neighbor Center – each carefully chosen for the age and gender of the child. “End of life” quilts are taken to Good Samaritan Hospital to be distributed by the hospital chaplains. Quilts are also provided to Cares Northwest where they are given to children who are in the midst of a trauma in their young lives. And of course, quilts are distributed within our parish – for new babies and for the sick.
The quilting group is self-supporting through hosting an occasional ladies tea party. They always welcome donations of fabric, batting or other supplies.
Fellowship is an important part of their group. They bring snacks and sack lunches and share whatever seems to be important. Always looking for new members, no experience is necessary – they’ll teach you how to make square knots. With more members, they can provide more quilts!
If you are interested in joining or learning more, please complete the contact form below of click here to be contacted by Elesa Newell, Chairperson of the Good Samaritan Quilters: