Ladies in the Basement
“Ladies in the Basement” was started many years ago by a group of Women Saints to create handmade items, including cookies, to be sold at a Fall Craft Sale to support mission activities of United Methodist Women. Over the years, the group has evolved to primarily making charity quilts which have been donated to various community organizations to be distributed to those in need.
In recent years, most quilts have gone to the Corvallis School District for children whose families are experiencing homelessness. We also try to give to new babies in the congregation, and members who are experiencing long term, serious health issues. We have sold a few of the nicer quilts through the church store which has provided funds to buy needed new materials.
We meet on Tuesday mornings from 9:30 am to 11:30 am in the basement Scout Room where we have closets to house our supplies and equipment including a coffee pot for our requisite cup of coffee, conversation, and cookies—if someone brings some to share.
Quilt tops are primarily sewn at home by members of the group, from fabric in our closet. Most of the fabric we use is donated by church members who are down-sizing or no longer sewing due to health or other issues. These are then returned for the group to tie. Someone other than the one who sewed the top may take it home to sew the binding & put on the label.
Anyone willing to help or who wants to learn to become a quilter is welcome. We are a friendly and easy introduction to the art.
Note: Meetings are on hiatus until all dangers related to Covid-19 are over and the church building is reopened.