Making quilts to care
At least two groups of church women make quilts to give away or auction. In Geelong, in the suburb of Belmont, they started with half a dozen garbags full of fleecy bits of material that no one else wanted. In Doncaster, Melbourne, a group found there were some women in Vietnam who needed help. So they started cutting, assembling, stitching, knitting, crocheting.
The Belmont quilts are given away to needy families or individuals. The first quilt made by the Doncaster women is up for auction, the proceeds going to a quilting project in Vietnam where women are given training, employment and independence. So the squares in patchwork become part of a circle of on-going care, which is nice in this day and age.
(Pics and info from Crosslight magazine, Uniting Church.)