GLENWOOD | A new home was needed when a group of local quilters could no longer use the Glenwood-Lynwood Public Library as its base.
The John H. Blakey Center for Seniors, 1 Rebecca St., opened its doors to the group about three years ago, and that gesture has not gone unappreciated.
On June 18, members of the Glenwood Pieceful Heart Quilters attended the Glenwood Village Board meeting to present the Police Department with 45 quilts the group made as a way of saying thanks to the village.
Constance Lee, of Lynwood, came up with the idea to have police carry what she referred to as "comfort quilts" in their vehicles to be used in situations when police respond to a fire, car accident or domestic disturbance.
"We set a target of, really, 26 quilts, and so we exceeded that target," Lee said.
Glenwood Deputy Police Chief Derek Peddycord thanked the group at the June 18 meeting.
"We'll definitely have these in our squad cars available, providing comfort in times of need," Peddycord said. "(It's) a lot better to hand one of these to a small child than one of our disposable emergency blankets."
The group of roughly 20 members from Illinois and Indiana meet on the second and fourth Mondays of each month. They work on their own projects in an informal setting with input from fellow quilters.
The group is open to all, but is currently made up of only women, mostly over the age of 40.
But Lee said younger women are also starting to realize the joys of quilting.
"It's a dying art that's being picked up again," she said.
At its most recent meeting on Monday, 13-year-old Lilia Beiruti, of Lansing, joined the women to make a baby quilt for her expectant mother.
Janice Hunn, of Lynwood, said she enjoys the fellowship involved.
"It's more fun to quilt when you're with a group," Hunn said. "You just get energized and you get ideas and get enthusiastic about it."
Judi Jaranowski, of Lansing, likes the space at the senior center with its ample lighting.
"When we're here we don't have the telephone or the TV, so we can just sew, sew, sew," Jaranowski said. "And nobody bothers and says, 'What do you have for supper?'"
"Except we do a lot of talking," said Hunn, with a laugh.