Needles do the talking for Linwood quilting circle

NEIGHBORS

November 04, 1993|By MICHELLE HOFFMAN

Each Wednesday morning for the past 30 years, the women have been sitting in a circle, facing each other, sharing the silence. Their bodies are like statues, except for the tiny wavelike motions they make with their hands, the thread following their needles' every dip.

The silence is broken periodically as the women discuss events. But the basement room is usually quiet enough to hear the electricity hum.

Mary Garver, Helen Smith, Elizabeth Myers, Dee Keplinger, Thelma Dayhoff, Joanna Hesson, Virginia Hook and Reva Blacksten, members of the Linwood Brethren Quilting Circle, gather around a big wooden frame in the basement of Linwood Brethren Church.

Socialization takes place over a covered-dish lunch. Every other Wednesday, the group quits working at 2:30 p.m. and holds Bible study for the last hour of their day.

"I call them the silent sisters," said Mrs. Keplinger of Mrs. Myers and Mrs. Hesson, who are sisters. The title could describe the entire group.

When a quilter is done piecing together a quilt face, she takes the finished product to the group to put the rest of the quilt together. The women attach the face to batting or a blanket, whichever the owner provides, and add the backing. Concentrating quietly while they work, they begin the fine stitching that gives design to the quilt.

One patron has asked them to complete 19 of her quilts.

Some of the quilts the women have finished have won contests, including a first place at the State Fair in Timonium. Although the work is not entirely their own, they share, with the quilt owner, the pride that their combined creativity produced a beautiful product.

Mrs. Myers said the original quilting group was formed in 1918, when women met at members' homes to work. The group has stayed together despite harsh winters and the Depression, when quilts were needed for warmth but materials were scarce. The current members are second- and third-generation quilters. Mrs. Hesson said she has been quilting for 60 years.

The women have seen hundreds of quilts through the years. Some can remember quilts made from old aprons, shirts, coats and neckties.

"We used what we had," Mrs. Myers said.

The women now finish other people's quilts as an enjoyable way to earn money for their church. Today, quilts may be purchased as kits, which have pattern directions and pre-cut, uniform pieces. The quilts are displayed as works of art. They are no longer constructed out of necessity.

This group has been nicknamed the "wealthiest organization in church."

Using proceeds from their quilting, they have purchased stoves, carpeting, a refrigerator and draperies for the parsonage. They also have made substantial contributions to the fuel fund and have assisted with church repairs.

The women say they just enjoy each other's company . . . and quilting.

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Join Sam's Creek Church of the Brethren on Saturday as it celebrates the holidays. The church's 10th annual holiday bazaar will be in Baile Hall from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Wooden and crochet items, banks, dishcloths, barnyard Christmas ornaments, door decorations, toys and other handmade crafts will be sold by the church's 30 members.

Enjoy a lunch of hot dogs, turkey salad or barbecue sandwiches at reasonable prices.

The church is on Route 407, Marston Road, in New Windsor.

Information: 848-0687.

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Tom's Creek United Methodist Church will serve turkey and fried oysters beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday.

The meal, which includes cracker pudding, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, sauerkraut, dinner rolls, cranberry and apple sauces, peaches, celery, pickles, coffee and tea, will be served while supplies last.

The meal is $8 for adults, $4 for children 5 to 10, and free for children under 5.

Carry-out is $8.50; containers will be provided.

A craft and a bake table will be available.

Begin your Christmas shopping with the purchase of a handmade item. All proceeds will benefit the church's building fund.

The church is on Tom's Creek Church Road, off Route 140 between Taneytown and Emmitsburg.

Information: 756-2761 or (301) 447-3171.

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After dinner, stop in and play bingo at St. Joseph's Church, 44 Frederick St., Taneytown.

Doors open at 5:20 p.m., when soup and sandwiches will be available for purchase.

TC Early bird games will begin at 6:40 p.m. and regular games at 7 p.m.

Proceeds will be used to maintain the church's buses, which transport students to Mother Seton School in Emmitsburg and Delone Catholic High School in Hanover, Pa.

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Members of Linwood Brethren Church are taking orders for their second fall submarine sandwich sale.

Orders for 8-inch subs will be taken until Nov. 10. They are $2 each.

The sandwiches will be stuffed with Lebanon bologna, boiled ham, German bologna, American cheese, seasoned lettuce and tomatoes. Condiments will be wrapped separately. Onions are optional.

Subs may be picked up at the church, at 575 McKinstrys Mill Road in Linwood, before 8 a.m. on Nov. 19.

All proceeds will go toward roof repairs and remortaring damaged bricks at the church.

To order, call 635-6360 or 775-7382.

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