By: Martha Woodward
The IC Bees, a group of ladies who love to make quilts, meets each Wednesday morning from 9:30 until around 11 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church for the purpose of sewing quilts to donate to needy children. They also make lap covers that are donated to the Meals on Wheels Program and to others in need.
On Sept. 4, the ladies present for the meeting were: Karin Hoover, Nancy Parisi, Marilyn Reda, Kayla Krueger (3-years-old), Becky Kilby, Bernadette McMillan, Ellen Roddy, Gerry Couturier, Ann Shankar and Mary Clare Sheridan. Father Ronald Franco, CSP, joined the group for tea and cake.
The IC Bees arrive for the meeting with sewing machine and supplies in tow. They immediately divide up the tasks; some cut fabric, some sew, some quilt, some use an iron. They also keep supplies such as fabric and thread in a big closet in the church’s basement. All in all, they produce beautiful quilts that are donated to the Layette Program at the Food Pantry for the Ladies of Charity and to others in need. Over the last several years, they have made hundreds of quilts, lap covers and blankets.
The IC Bees use fabric from their own collections or choose from what has been donated by church members or friends. “We love it when we get donations,” said Karin Hoover. “It feels like Christmas to look into bags and find fabric we can use.”
Hoover said that the IC Bees are always in need of donations of fabric or sewing supplies as the process of making quilts can get to be expensive.
Members of the IC Bees are also heavily involved in other activities of the church geared towards helping the needy such as festivals, bazaars, parties, luncheons, trips and sales.
“Our group is open to anyone who wants to volunteer,” said Becky Kilby. “We meet in the basement of the church. Just come to the back door and you will find us working on quilts. You do not have to own a sewing machine to join. We can always find something for you to do.”
The IC Bees also find time each week to enjoy “a spot of tea.” The cake for the Sept. 4 meeting was baked by Jim Kilby.