Sometimes a new idea can take hold among old friends and make relationships stronger. The Sew-Cial at Midway Locust Grove United Methodist Church started in January with a couple of women thinking they would get together at the church once a month to sew. They soon found they didn’t won’t to wait a month to get together again, and it evolved to every-other week, then weekly.
The group has now grown to 17 women. Initially they were working on various individual projects, and still do, but now much of the sewing also has a mission focus. They’ve sewn 75 blankets they are sending to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation the church is in relationship with and are also contributing blankets through Church World Service via the Festival of Sharing.
The sewing rooms at the church are well-equipped, with a large cutting table crafted by a sewer’s grandson, a design board on the wall, sewing machines and a large quilting frame that was donated to the group by Wilkes Blvd.United Methodist Church.
The group meets on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with people coming and going whenever they have an opportunity. Several of the sewers break from the group from 11 a.m. to noon to participate in a yoga class at the church.
They also do road trips once a month to quilt shows or quilt shops. They took a three-day trip to Brunswick to a quilting retreat center. There they had rooms like motel rooms, and a big room for us to gather and sew in.
“You could go up and put on your pajamas and come back down and sew some more,” Kathy Koehler said. “Some of us were sewing until midnight or 1 a.m.”
They are currently planning a trip to the national quilt museum in Kentucky. Women who had been attending church together for years without having formed close friendships are now like sisters.
“It’s been a fascinating thing to watch develop organically,” said Rev. Kate McClain.