By Lucas Vader
In the June 10 edition of the DCI, the story of the national organization Quilts of Valor came out and documented the effort to provide veterans with quilts.
However, Quilts of Valor is not a lone group, as an additional private group has also evolved into similar philanthropic habits. It is known simply as the Cedaredge Quilt Club.
About 15 years ago when it started, it was not planned for the group to become what it is today, according to Barb Rogers, member of the group.
“We started out, essentially, as kind of a teaching organization,” Rogers said. “People who wanted to learn how to make quilts and, you know, follow instructions and that kind of stuff.”
Rogers credited the start of the group to Nancy Mingus, who was the first person to initiate the instruction, teaching others the craft.
“People who were coming to her for help with making quilts or following instructions in making quilts and patterns, and it kind of started out that way,” Rogers said.
The club quickly outgrew members’ houses and so was eventually moved to the Southern Baptist Church at the edge of town. There, the completed quilts are stored before being gifted out through the VFW or other local connections.
As crowds grew, the group quickly evolved into donating quilts to veterans, people who are ill in some way and people who are generally in need. “So we make a lot of quilts for good,” she said. “For helping people out.”
The Cedaredge Quilt Club works hand-in-hand with the local Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) post, networking through them to know the demand for quilts. In addition, members of the Quilt Club come to the group with people they know who are in need.
“Essentially, we’re making quilts and after a while, our families have all the quilts we can possibly handle,” Rogers said. “So you know, we give to people who need help. There are people, like if you have a kid get sick in the family and he needs hospitalization or some kind of extra treatment, we give every kid in the family a quilt.”
In the beginning, the Cedaredge Quilt Club provided quilts for wounded veterans at a clinic in Snowmass, before later deciding to limit its donations closer to home.
Meeting once a month, Rogers said the varying 10-20 participants have provided over 100 quilts to those in need in the area. Costs involved are covered by the participants themselves.
“We have memberships and we have dues, but we just do what we want to do,” Rogers said. “We don’t have any particular plan. We don’t have a president. Everybody takes turns leading the meeting, but essentially, we just get together. Several times a year we get together and have a sew day, and we bring our machines and everything that is involved in making quilts, but generally, it is just a meeting and we show the work that we’ve done during the month.”
The membership dues cover the cost of the vat, Rogers said, and occasionally extra material, anything short of the fabric itself, which is normally brought in by the members.
Anyone interested in participating in the Cedaredge Quilt Club or anyone who is interested in more information can call Rogers at 970-874-0539.