The first Thursday of February brings members of the Log Cabin Quilters' Guild together for a labor of love.
Guild members have gathered since 1992 on this day to craft "luvies" - hand-tied lap quilts that are donated to local organizations.
Elkins resident Joan Jackson, a longtime member of the Log Cabin Quilters' Guild, has organized the "luvies" project for the past several years. She sews many of the quilt tops herself and makes sure enough supplies are available for members to assemble that day.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Beth Christian Broschart
The Log Cabin Quilters’ Guild celebrates Valentine’s Day by crafting ‘luvies’ to donate to local groups. Members have held this ‘sweet’ tradition since 1992. Luila Anderson, of Davis, and Diann Cashell of Elkins sew ‘luvies’ Thursday at the Elkins Rehabilitation and Care Center.
"The event is a daylong work session in celebration of Valentine's Day," Jackson said. "Everyone works hard, and it is a great day. We all have fun doing this project."
Members take their special quilts to their favorite charities. The "luvies" have been donated to several groups over the years, including Elkins Rehabilitation and Care Center, Youth Health Services, cancer patients, the Blue Angels, the United Way, Ronald McDonald House, Women's Aid in Crisis, Good Samaritan, Mountain Hospice, Hospice Care Corporation, WIC of Elkins, Nella's Nursing Home, Iveagh Trust, Mansfield Place, the Randolph County Homeless Shelter, Valentine's Personal Care Home, Courtland Acres, Talbott's Personal Care Center, Jennings Randolph Elementary School, the Darby Family Center, the Child Advocacy Center and new mothers at St. Joseph's Hospital.
Last year, guild members assembled and donated more than 50 "luvies." Many of the supplies used to craft the lap quilts are donated by Sue Pifer and the Elkins Sewing Center.
The Log Cabin Quilters' Guild sponsors many activities throughout the year. They sponsor workshops with guest presenters and sponsor "block of the month" programs.
The group was formed in the summer of 1986 when seven local quilters met in one of their homes. They opened membership to the public later that year. The guild now boasts a membership of 51.
Other community service projects for the Log Cabin Quilters' Guild include quilted items for breast cancer fundraisers, quilts for dialysis patients and quilts for the Quilts of Valor and Home of the Brave projects.
The Log Cabin Quilters' Guild sponsors a free quilt show each year in conjunction with the Mountain State Forest Festival. The 2013 show, at the Elkins-Randolph County YMCA gymnasium, will feature quilts and a boutique where quilted and hand-made items may be purchased.
The guild welcomes new members of any age. They encourage interest in quilting through learning and sharing, expanding a circle of friends with a common interest in quilting and providing an environment that motivates creativity and improving skills. The group meets at 7 p.m. at the Elkins Rehabilitation and Care Center the first Thursday of each month.
"We have several teenage members who enjoy learning and sewing with their mothers," Jackson said.
Additional information about the Log Cabin Quilters' Guild is available by calling Kitty Lee at 304-636-8619.