Two smaller quilts made by Martha’s Quilt Group members are displayed at River Falls City Hall during a meet and greet on Thursday, Oct. 21. On the top is “Koala Bear at Play” by Sue M, to be donated to Options for Women; on the bottom is “Fidget Lap/Table Quilt” by Paula and Chris, to be donated to Local Memory Care Facilities and features objects attached to reduce emotional stress. Photo by Melissa Thorud
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Martha’s Quilt Group displays at City Hall

By Melissa Thorud RIVER FALLS – Martha’s Quilt Group from Saint Bridget’s Catholic Church in River Falls showcased its unique, handmade quilts at a River Falls Community Arts Base meet and greet event Thursday, Oct. 21 at City Hall. The group donates all quilts to local charities.

One of the groups coordinators, Doreen Cegielski said, “We have about 20 active members and we meet twice a month; we individually make these quilts, and they are all donated to various

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Two quilts made by members of the St. Bridget’s Martha’s Quilt Group hang in City Hall on Thursday, Oct. 21. On the left is “Patriotic Strip Quilt” made by Cindy, to be donated to Adoray Home Health and Hospice. On the right is “Ultimate Scrap Quilt,” by Jan K., to be donated to Grace Place in New Richmond. Photo by Melissa Thorud local charities and Catholic charities in St. Paul.”

While the quilts are donated in November to the Catholic Charities Center in the Twin cities, the group completes the quilts year-round.

“It’s coming up, so we are getting ready to donate some of our quilts this November,” said Cegielski.

The quilters take donated materials, including smaller scraps, and they incorporate them into the quilts. One of this year's featured quilts included leftover scraps that were donated from handmade masks.

“We had many different scraps and we put them together and that is where the creativity shows through,” said Cegielski.

The financial support that the group receives comes mostly from donated materials and passed down equipment. The cycle of creating these quilts is sustainable due to the donated fabrics and then the product goes back into the community.

There are no guidelines on what the quilts need to look like or what size they need to be.

“Our group encourages the creativity aspect in the making of the quilts,” said Cegielski.

The group is welcoming more members and has flexibility on when quilts can be worked on. Some members work on their quilts at their leisure at home and drop them off at the church when completed. Each donation and contribution are welcomed with appreciation.

The group has been operating for several decades and is operated through the St. Bridget’s Parish. The group extends gratitude to the community for the support.

“St. Bridget’s Martha’s Quilt members are grateful for the community support of donations and the constant support of St. Bridget’s Parish for a place to gather every month and storage of materials and quilts. Each of our members have been given a special gift and that gift is passed forward in the shape of a quilt,” said the group in a statement.

Martha’s Quilt Group wants the community to know how its support allows them to continue contributing in this way to the community each year.

October 27, 2021