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Quilts made at Lutheran church in Alpharetta go worldwide



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Backbones of the quilting ministry Linda Beall, left, and Marj Nolan, right, with Pastor Jim Thalaker on Quilt-Ten Sunday. Courtesy of Mary Deel. (click for larger version)
October 10, 2013
ALPHARETTA, Ga. – In its eighth year, the Lord of Life Lutheran Church's "Peace by Piece" ministry has already crafted 500 quilts for those in need – 74 so far this year.

"They bring hope to those who, struggling to survive, realize that someone cares enough to make and send these patchwork blankets," said Mary Deel, a member of the quilter's ministry at Lord of Life.

The quilt project was created by the Baltimore-based Lutheran World Relief Mission Quilt Project and will become part of the 500,000 that the organization will distribute worldwide this year.

Deel said that while the number of members in the quilt team ranges from six to eight people, the group has sewn and donated more than 500 quilts since it began in 2006.

"One quilt was given to a young homeless man that recently suffered serious injuries and who the church members have adopted," Deel said. "Another was chosen by the congregation as a representative quilt to hang in the foyer of the church."

Every year, Lord of Life holds Quilt-Ten Sunday, a day when all the quilts are spread across the pews in the church, 5390 McGinnis Ferry Road in Alpharetta, so the congregation can enjoy and bless them as part of the service.

Members can then donate money toward making and shipping the quilts.

Linda Beall, who has been quilting since 2000, started the quilt team at Lord of Life. Beall said nothing compares to the gift of a quilt because each one is "stitched with love."

"You want to do things to help people all over," Beall said. "I know that 70 quilts shipping overseas is not going to change the world — but it will make an impact on someone, and it will change the world for that one person."

Deel said in addition to the colorful quilts providing warmth to those in need, they also have been used as sunshades, made into baby carriers, used as mattresses and as decorations. She added that several other Lutheran churches in the area participate in the relief project and offer items such as school packs and baby care packs.

Lord of Life also works to collect and provide school supplies, warm clothes, food and other items for the community.

To learn more about the Lutheran World Relief Mission Quilt Project, visit www.lwr.org.

For more information on Lord of Life Lutheran Church, visit www.lord-life.org.

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