MARSHALL - A special quilt has arrived in Marshall today. The 12-square quilt has been stitched by embroiderers in seven states. A Marshall resident won the privilege to have her special cause represented on the quilt, which is on a cross-country journey to spur awareness of Alzheimer's, domestic violence, Special Olympics, bullying, hunger and Cystic Fibrosis.
The embroiderers created quilt squares for a cause dear to their hearts, then performed and documented their public service for Stitches magazine. The Stitches Hopeful Hearts Quilt was first shown in Chicago and will be displayed in communities where several quilters are based.
Loronda Schuler, who stitched a square honoring House of Hope Minnesota, will debut the quilt in Marshall today at the House of Hope and then it will be displayed at Fabrics Plus through Monday.
Pictured is Loronda Schuler’s contribution to the Stitches Hopeful Hearts quilt.
"This project is all about the House of Hope and the wonderful ministry work that is done there not only for the girls that live there but also for the programs provided for our community," said Schuler, the owner of Heav'n Sent Creations. "It is my hope that more people will become aware of this ministry and lend their support to this very worthy cause."
Schuler, a Stitches subscriber, had to fill out an application and film a video presentation of why she wanted to be a part of the project and what kind of design she envisioned doing on behalf of House of Hope.
Schuler said she volunteers about once a year to work with the girls.
"One time we did a nine-patch pillow," she said. "I brought my computer designs and we embroidered one for each girl, then went to Fabrics Plus to get two pieces of fabric for each pillow."
Schuler said her quilt square design features a butterfly, which symbolizes a "teenager coming to House of Hope from a cocoon and breaking out of that shell."
To learn more about the embroiderers and their chosen causes and watch video demos at www.Stitches.com.
Stitches Editor Nicole Rollender said the project was inspired by the AIDS Memorial Quilt, consisting of 48,000 panels that commemorate someone who died of AIDS that helped raise millions for AIDS service organizations.
"Quilting is more than a pleasant pastime," Rollender said. "It's a living art form with the power to move and inspire, to reflect a culture and generate awareness - even to effect change."