Quilts for Coatesville arson victims

February 26, 2009 5:07:03 PM PST
You could call them the Coatesville quilts. And they're the brainchild of a former Coatesville teacher who felt compelled to do something for the people who lost their homes to arson.

Bobbie Spaid is making a quilt of caring. It's one of 2 dozen being made for the Coatesville families whose homes were destroyed in the recent arson fires.

"There was just something in me that wanted to reach out physically and put my arms around them. I thought 'what's the best I can do?'"

Moved by the family tragedies, the retired Coatesville school teacher recruited her quilting buddy and a cadre of volunteers to stitch a comforting lying on of hands for the families who lost everything in the fires earlier this year.

So the two gathered in Bobbie's home quilting studio, and began stitching their heartfelt gifts for neighbors a town away they've yet to meet.

"I love to sew. I love to create. And I'm a giver. I have a big heart," said Marcia Bishop.

"We found a box of scraps was a little more blue with gold."

Historically quilts were made of scraps patched together with tenderness at tough times. The duo received some donations, but has spent several hundred dollars on fabric, thread, and the batting to stuff the quilts.

The patterns and colors vary. But the goal is steadfast: to help hurting families reap the warmth of what caring strangers have sewn.

"I want them to experience warmth as though all their friends are putting their arms around them."

They plan to give the quilts to the families who survived the arson fires next month. quilts that tell stories that begin with survival and are woven together with the love of people who care.

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