Oak Grove MBC quilting group

In the past five months or so, these women have made quilts for needy people. From the left are Tamara Jones, Shannon Sikora, Amanda Bailey, Becky Squires, Agnes Daffron, Pat Harris, Megan Perkins and Syble Daffron.

Since the summer, women from Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church #2 near Ragland have been meeting at the home of Pat Harris.

These ladies vary in age, but they all have one common goal – to make quilts for those in need, especially those who live in nursing homes and at the Col. Robert L. Howard State Veterans Home in Pell City.

Harris said another goal is to pass on the love of quilting, and that’s why some of the ladies in the quilting group are in their 20s.

“We want to draw others in,” Harris said. “Us older ladies have been quilting a while, and now we have these younger ladies participating. They seem like they have enjoyed it so much.”

Agnes Daffron said they just want to do the best they can for others, especially at this time of year at Christmas.

“I enjoy it,” Daffron said. “I’ve been quilting now for about 80 years.”

The women meet every Tuesday to quilt. Since the summer, they have made 25 quilts and all 25 will be distributed to those in need before Christmas. All the ladies are members of Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church #2, located on Alabama 144 between Ragland and Coal City. The pastor of the church is Ives Harris.

Several of the younger women thought they would never want to learn to quilt, but now that they have started, it’s hard for them to put it down.

“I can’t wait for Tuesdays to get here,” said Shannon Sikora. “I wanted to quilt, I just didn’t know how. Now I do. These ladies have taught me how and I love it.”

Reach Gary Hanner at ghanner@thestclairtimes.com.