Milestone: Lutheran women’s group stitches 5,000-plus quilts

No idle hands here.

Originally established to handcraft quilts for Lutheran World Relief, a group of women at Dungeness Valley Lutheran Church have created more than 5,000 quilts over the last quarter century, group members say, all going to locals in need.

Each year the group creates about 125 quilts for distribution through the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula, Clallam County Homeless Outreach, Peninsula Behavioral Health, the Sequim Food Bank, North Olympic Foster Parents Association and the regional chapter of the American Red Cross.

The quilters purchase batting with funds raised by Dungeness Lutheran’s annual Yuletide Bazaar and use donated sheets (particularly dark colors and flannel), blankets — even those with holes — and fabric.

For more information about the group’s Tuesday afternoon meetings, the donation of a quilt or to donate materials, contact the church office, open Mondays-Thursdays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at 360-681-0946.