Quilters bring the goods


Families working to rebuild their lives after the devastating tornado May 15 will be getting a taste of home, courtesy of some passionate quilters in Giddings.

Sixty quilts were recently delivered to the Granbury Quilters Guild for distribution to families in Rancho Brazos.

Janis Fischer, Barb Remsing, and Marcia Bayless, of the Happy Hearts Quilt Guild, along with their driver, Harvey Fischer, made to four-hour trip from Giddings with the special delivery.

“When I received the email from Janis, stating that they had 50 quilts and wanted to personally deliver them, I was amazed,” said Lydia Newman, co-chair of community service for the Granbury Guild.

What started as a donation of 50 quilts, actually expanded to a donation of 60 quilts, once the final tally was taken.

“We had no idea that such a project was in the works and we are overwhelmed by their outpouring of friendship and assistance,” Newman said.

Fischer said the Giddings quilters felt Granbury was “kind of forgotten” when the Oklahoma tornados were in the news just a short time after the Rancho Brazos tornado.

Once the group decided to help Granbury families, Fischer said donations were given for supplies and about 15 women helped sew and quilt the quilts.

Families in the Rancho Brazos neighborhood previously received quilts as house-warming gifts when they moved into their new Habitat for Humanity homes. Local quilters, namely a bee headed by Lou Bates in Pecan Plantation, provide a bed quilt for new homeowners and pillows for the children.

Following the disaster, local quilters are preparing “emergency response quilts” to be used in times of need.

The quilts given by the group from Gidding will be distributed as people return to their homes.