Quilting Friends volunteer their talents to benefit retired sisters

Diane Dement from San Antonio, Texas

Diane Dement had a much longer trip to make – all the way from San Antonio, Texas. She first came as a guest of Margaret’s four years ago when she and her husband were living in Bowling Green. After her husband died, she moved back to San Antonio, but still makes the yearly trip to be with her quilting friends. She was working on “Inez’s Quilt,” designed by Inez Brown.

Madge Reising, of Benton, Ky., was using contemporary batik fabric to make a log cabin quilt. It was her second trip to the Mount, and she is so happy to be using her 50 years of sewing expertise to help the sisters.

Madge Reising of Benton, Ky.

“I’m a Catholic, it made it more wonderful and special, giving back the time that’s been given to me,” Reising said. “Catholic education has been a mainstay of my children’s lives and now my grandchildren’s.”

Mari Lynn Korte, of Rockport, Ind., was also working on a log cabin quilt. This is her third year at the Mount. “I was invited by a friend, now Sister Amelia invites me,” she said. “It’s fun to sew with the quilters, and to make the quilts for the sisters.”

Mary Ruth Clark, of Newburgh, Ind., was appropriately wearing a green sweater while she worked on her Evening in Ireland quilt. She enjoys the whole experience at the Mount. “It’s my favorite retreat,” she said. “You can be with the girls, or if you want to be alone, you can walk along the grounds. It’s peaceful.”

Carolyn Carver from Paducah, Ky.

Carolyn Carver and Virginia Hancock are both from Paducah, Ky., where they volunteer as tour guides at the National Quilt Museum. “I started coming to the Runaway Quilters, some of the ladies told me about this,” Carver said. “I thought it would be fun to do something for the community. We love to sew.”

Carver was working on a Variable Star quilt, while Hancock was working on Jacob’s Ladder. “I like the atmosphere and the people here,” Hancock said. “It’s just a fun thing to do.”

The completed quilts will be on display at the Mount auditorium on Feb. 24. Tickets for the remaining seven drawings of the 2010-2011 Quilt Club are still available for $20 by calling (270) 229-4103, ext. 278, or contacting an Ursuline Sister.

Finished Quilt Tops:

The Quilting Friends returned to their homes on Thursday, Feb. 24, but not before leaving behind a rainbow of colors to fill the small dining room at the Motherhouse. Tops that will be quilted for the 2011-2012 Quilt Club raffles were completed in just three days of work, and sisters and employees stopped by to see the handiwork.