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Quilting for a cause

Castle Country Quilters members (L to R) Hazel McMullin, Penny Boyack, Virginia Shaw and Pat Scherschel display their quilts.

Sun Advocate reporter

In a classroom at the Carbon County Senior Center on Thursday more than 20 members of the Castle Country Quilters were hard at work.

Sewing machines filled the room with their particular mechanical rattle. Stories of quilting, families and fun memories were shared. And the quilts, each with its own unique design and look, were just getting started while others were nearly complete.

With all of the hard work put into each and every quilt, the Castle Country Quilters showed no signs of slowing down. It always helps to know of the reason why they are making the quilts in the first place. All of the quilts made during their project will be donated to all of the patients in the Burn Unit at the Children's Hospital University of Utah.

The Castle Country Quilters are hoping to make at least 125 quilts between now and May. It's going to take a lot of work, but many in the group are hoping to reach that goal and go beyond.

"It can take up to a whole day to make a quilt," said Penny Boyack, project manager with Castle Country Quilters. "But we'll make it and succeed that number hopefully."

For each person that will receive a quilt, behind all of the fabric and stitching and the unique designs of each quilt, they will receive a labor of love put together by people hoping their work makes another person's day a little brighter.

"It's wonderful to sew the last thread on a quilt," said Pat Scherschel, who has been quilting for over 15 years. "Lots of love goes into each and every quilt we make."

For some quilters just the thought of helping someone, in this case a burn victim, is providing all of the motivation needed to produce as many quilts as possible.

"Knowing that someone needs a quilt makes this work very rewarding," said Cindy Vouk. "It's a warm feeling to know we are helping them."

And of course seeing the quilt being used by someone can be a moment to remember forever.

"Seeing people all snuggled up in a quilt you made is great to see," said Vouk.

The quilts are being created and put to use with the burn center patients because of the ability to wash and clean the quilts on a daily basis to prevent further infection and discomfort.

While there is still plenty of time between now and the finish line in May, there is a lot of work to be done and a lot of quilts to be made.

Boyack said the group is always open to volunteers helping out with making quilts. The group meets every third Thursday of each month. The group will be meeting at Price City Hall from this point forward as the group will no longer be holding meetings at the Senior Center.

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