Volunteers needed to tie quilts for charity

Volunteers needed to tie quilts for charity
Missy Stump, Judy Dunkle and Debbie Muse tie a patriotic quilt during last year's Quilts-for-Charity day. (Submitted photo)

The Cavalry Quilters are looking for volunteers to help tie quilts during the group's 15th annual Quilts-for-Charity day, to be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 7 at Calvary United Methodist Church in Gamber.

All of the quilts made will be donated to Project Linus, according to event organizer Genie Corbin. "Project Linus will take them to hospitals and other places for children of all ages who need them, who are ill, who have suffered a loss or are making a trip to the emergency room, whatever their circumstance," she said.


Corbin said volunteers are welcome to come all day or work just a few hours — and they don't need to know how to sew, as they will be tying knots. "And we'll teach you to do that," she said.

"We have prepared the top layer [of the quilt] and we will have backing to cover the back of the quilt and the fluffy inside fabric that gives the quilt its warmth," Corbin said. "The volunteers will be tying those three layers together, and then our Cavalry Quilters will stitch down the edges on sewing machines."

Corbin said the group made 75 pieces last year, but that included some fleece blankets.

"When we make the quilt tops ahead of time, the volunteers helping us tie them can help us get 30 to 40 quilts done," Corbin said. "This year we made a decision to only do the patchwork tops and no fleece blankets. We have 60 quilt tops ready to tie and we may have even more by then."

Volunteers must be either adults or students middle school age and up. "Students should bring their forms if they want this to go toward their service-learning hours," Corbin said. "We love working with students, but we can't supervise children younger than middle school."

Volunteers do not have to bring anything. Those who do sew, however, may bring their own scissors and/or a sharp needle with a big eye for tying quilts, or a sewing machine and extension cord for stitching binding. Be sure to mark tools you bring with your name.

Lunch will be provided for the volunteers, with soups, barbecue and chicken salad sandwiches and more, as well as desserts and beverages.

The Calvary Quilters welcome new members. The group meets at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, except Thanksgiving and Christmas, at the church. There are no requirements to be in the group. Interested quilters do not have to be church members and do not need prior experience. The group does not charge any fees or dues at this time. To join, just come to a meeting.

The group shares quilting techniques and designs, according to Corbin, working on projects for charity and sometimes on their own. They also work with Manchester Elementary School on a quilt top for its Maryland Day project. The students get to see the finished project displayed in the school and made from their quilt blocks, before it is donated to Project Linus.

The second Wednesday of the month is usually a work session where members bring projects on which to work. The fourth Wednesday often features a program to teach new quilting techniques. The goals are to help each other improve in quilting skills and to make quilts for giving.

The group is also always happy to received donated material for quilting charity projects.

For more information about the Calvary Quilters, call the church office at 410-795-9343 or visit

Calvary United Methodist Church is at 3939 Gamber Road.

Village hosts author


Author Jack McBride White will speak about his book "In Carrie's Footprints: The Long Walk of Warren Dorsey" at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, at Carroll Lutheran Village in Westminster. The program is sponsored by Carroll County Public Library.

According to a summary on Amazon's website, White has written Dorsey's story — an inspirational tale of African-American courage and perseverance during segregation. Growing up in Sykesville in the 1920s, Dorsey's underwear was made by his mother Carrie, daughter of a slave, from the sacks in which their chicken feed came. She wanted nothing for herself, but everything for her children. Dorsey, her ninth child, was bound and determined to make her proud.

"Warren Dorsey is 94 and he is going to come with Jack White," said Lynn Wheeler, director of Carroll County Public Library. "We heard they brought in a huge crowd at the Colored Schoolhouse in Sykesville awhile back," Wheeler said of White and Dorsey. "Mr. Dorsey even sang for the audience. We thought we should have him."

The program is free and open to the public, but call 443-605-1070 before attending.,

The talk will be presented in the Village's Hospitality Center at 900 Mission Square.

Baskets for Easter

The Shepherd's Staff, a Christian outreach and support center, is seeking assembled and wrapped Easter baskets for infants through teens.

"The baskets should reflect the spirituality of Easter," according to The Shepherd's Staff website. Items suggested for basket fillers include Christian coloring books and story books, crosses, prayer books, puzzles, bookmarks, small toys, bubbles, play dough, school supplies, socks and non-candy snacks.

Donated, filled baskets should be marked with the intended gender and age and delivered to The Shepherds Staff office, at 30 Carroll St. in Westminster, between Feb. 23 and March 20, during its hours of operation.

The Shepherd's Staff is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Friday, and from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday.

These Easter baskets will be distributed to visiting children March 30 to April 3.

For more information, call 410-857-5944 or visit

A Taste of Asia

McDaniel College's Asian Community Coalition student organization will have its annual Taste of Asia dinner at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, in the Decker Center Forum on campus.

"This is an annual event that offers an opportunity to learn about various Asian cultures," said Cheryl Knauer, director of media relations at the college.

Guests get to sample cuisine, and enjoy a fashion show and performance. "This year they will be performing a traditional flute serenade; singing Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese songs, and there will be a [Filipino] dance performance," Knauer said. Visitors will also be treated to K-pop, a popular form of Korean music.

"They will also have their annual fashion show of traditional Asian dress, including [fashions from] Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and India," Knauer said.

Trivia games and skits about Asian culture are planned, too.

The dinner menu includes sushi, Chinese orange chicken, Filipino Pancit (vegetarian noodles), beef menudo, sticky rice with mango, and mini egg pies.

This event is first-come, first-served. Friday, Feb. 20, is the last day to reserve to tickets.

For tickets and information, email or call 410-857-2791.


McDaniel College is at 2 College Hill, Westminster.

Lois Szymanski covers Finksburg, Gamber, Pleasant Valley, Reese, Sandymount, Silver Run, Smallwood, Union Mills and Westminster. To contact her, call 410-346-7321 or email