Women's group makes blankets

The women's group from a local church has spent several days this month doing sewing projects.

The United Methodist Women of First United Methodist Church, Forreston, met on Feb. 4, 5, 11, and 12 and spent the days cutting fabric, pressing, assembling, sewing and tying baby blankets, lap robes, comforters and making dresses from pillow cases or other fabric. 

The group of 10 to 18 included not only UMW members, but also several retired men of the church and other women from the area.

Since they sewed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., a potluck meal was held each day. 

More than 100 double flannel baby blankets were completed, as well as several of the other items. 

UMW member Liz Palmer said the baby blankets will be distributed to Rosecrance Pregnancy Program in Rockford, Freeport Crisis Pregnancy Center, Mother Hubbard's Cupboard in Freeport, as well as FHN Memorial Hospital. 

The lap robes will go to various nursing homes where needed, she said, and the larger comforters will be sent to disaster areas through the United Methodist Committee on Relief(UMCOR). 

The Sunday following the sewing days a Blanket Sunday is held at the church. 

"The items made are displayed and a monetary offering is taken for Church World Service which is sent to buy blankets and tools for countries around the world where there is much need," Palmer said. "The dresses are sent to various orphanages in Africa."