"Sew In Love Ministries," a group based at True Life Church in Cedaredge, has made enormous impacts in the community and abroad despite the program being less than six months old.
Judean Carter brought the organization to Cedaredge when she moved from Las Vegas in July 2017. She describes the group as "a sewing ministry for all levels and abilities, completing projects for those in need in our community and around the world."
Group members made vinyl "flag bags" for their very first project; the flags at Cedaredge Cemetery were being stored in plastic grocery bags at the time, and the handcrafted bags will further protect the flags during storage. From there, Sew in Love has completed a number of other projects to help within the community and on international missions.
One of their more recent projects is a partnership with HopeWest Hospice: the group crafts "fidget quilts" for Alzheimer's patients. The small lap quilts have zippers, buttons, and other small, touch-based activities to help keep patients occupied and comfortable.
In addition, the group also sends handcrafted items abroad to help people in need. One of their latest projects involved crafting 100 reusable sanitary pads for girls in Mexico who do not have access to feminine hygiene products. They also sewed patterned skirts and gowns for children in Ravens, Mexico.
They also plan to contribute to the popular Operation Christmas Child boxes this holiday season.
The group meets every second and fourth Wednesday of each month to collaborate on projects. "I love the way we can share the talents the ladies in the group have," says Carter, "It's just a very good feeling when you finish a project and are able to donate it."
Carter hopes the group can collaborate with other organizations in Delta County in the future, including health clinics and care centers. "We just want to reach out to the community in different ways," she says.
Sew in Love has a dedicated classroom in True Life Church in Cedaredge, and Carter says anyone is welcome to join. "We would love to have more people who sew come and help us with the projects."