In an effort to support regular quilter Marty Alexander, the Downing Street Quilters have put their quilting talents to a different use. Alexander’s daughter Cheryl Uhland has joined with the Stepping into Faith Ministry for a 12-day trip to Kenya to give of their time and resources to others.
Under the direction of Harriett Weber, the Downing Street Quilter's sewing machines are humming a different tune, making dresses for Uhland and the team. Simple, lightweight dresses from beautiful donated fabrics are beginning to accumulate for the trip.
The group meets at the West Cumberland Senior Center. Members are: Weber, instructor and founder, Shiloh; Jackie Headley, formally of Stow Creek Township, now of Mays Landing; Edith DeLuke, Shiloh; Blanche Hitchner, Bridgeton; Betty Reinhardt, Elmer; Joanne Davis, Stow Creek Township; Ruth Ann Cossaboon, Bridgeton; Barbara Roorke, Greenwich Township; Jane Hankins, Hopewell Township; and Alexander, Bridgeton.
“The display of dresses in the Community Room of the Senior Center have drawn the attention of those outside the Quilting Group, and we now have dresses coming from the next county,” said Jean Trembley, West Cumberland Senior Center director. “Yoga and Cardio participants now pop into the Craft Room for a copy of the dress pattern, and sewing tips for at-home creativity. These cute little dresses have certainly created a hum of busy bees, as the Quilters think beyond their cultural selfie society.
“The funny thing is, they are all my seniors, yet I feel like a proud mom rather then their director. Proud they are willing to use their God-given talents to do for others, proud they care for their new friend Marty enough to support her daughter Cheryl, and proud they get out of bed each day, get dressed and think about the blessings in their lives rather then focus on all that is not as they would like life to be.”