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Building a better community, one stitch at a time

Stitch-by-stitch, thread-by-thread, the Pacific Flyway Quilters worked selflessly over the last few months to create items needed by local service agencies. 

“We’ve been quilting in the community for over 25 years,” said Community Service Coordinator, Emma Thompson, of the Pacific Flyway Quilters. “We had about 25 ladies who did all of the sewing this year.”

From baby quilts, walker totes, and dog beds, the members of the quilt guild stitched over 185 items with love. At a special group meeting on Thursday, Sept. 19, the Quilters presented five local agencies with their creations.

The Colusa Veterans of Foreign Wars received six red, white, and blue quilts, two other quilts, and 12 walker totes.

“We’ve distributed these quilts to many veterans in need,” said Colusa VFW member, Chaz Franklin. “Several of last year’s quilts went to help veterans impacted by the Paradise Fire.”

Valley West Convalescent Center in Williams received 16 quilts, 17 walker totes, and six wheelchair totes. 

“Our residents love your quilts,” said Events Coordinator, Marilou Molina. “They ask who made them and thank you all very much.”

“Some of the residents become very possessive over their quilts,” said manager, Sandi Barker. “When their quilts are out of their view, even for cleaning, they want to know where they are at. They are deeply loved.”

The Colusa County Health and Social Services agency were provided with 17 drawstring bags and 12 quilts for infants and teens. 

“The drawstring bags are of great use for the children that come to our facility with their belongings in trash bags,” said Colusa County Social Worker, Benet Guidera. 

 “When the children come to our facility, we let them pick out their quilt or bag and they are very grateful for them,” said Social Worker, Wendy Villegas. “It’s really nice to have something for the children.”

Guidara said there were about eight quilts left from the prior year’s donation of 47. 

The California Highway Patrol received over 70 teddy bears and small quilts. 

“When we arrive at a scene that includes a child, that distraction is everything,” said Williams Area CHP Officer, Philip Martinson. “The blankets and stuffed animals are very important and it makes a huge difference.”

The Colusa County Animal Shelter received over 37 pet beds, made from quilting scraps, and 130 pet scarves.

“This year we made scarves for the animals to wear home when they’ve been adopted,” said Thompson. 

Pam DaGrossa of the Colusa County Animal Control said that the items are much appreciated.

“We love the pet beds as much as our furry friends,” said DaGrossa. “The beds go home with some of the animals when they are adopted.”

DaGrossa added that a couple of the dog beds were to be stored at the Colusa Library for the monthly ‘Paws to Read’ event. 

“We thought the children and the animals would like something soft to lay on as they enjoyed a book,” said DaGrossa. “[Paws to Read] has been a great event with much success.”

Paws to Read is held on the fourth Saturday of the month at 10 AM in the Colusa County Library, 738 Market Street, Colusa, Moorse Conference Room. The next events will be held Saturday, Sept. 28 and Oct. 26. 

At the end of the meeting, Thompson thanked all of the quilters for their participation and was eager to get started quilting for the next year. ■

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