The Macon Piecemakers are a group of 15 women who meet at the First Christian Church in Macon on the second Monday of each month to share their sewing talents by creating handmade items to help others.
The group usually meets from 10 a.m. to noon, but at the November meeting the ladies spent the day working on a special project, making quilt tops for North Central Missouri Chapter of Project Linus.
Project Linus’ goal is to “Provide Security Through Blankets” to children ages 0-18 years. To date the chapter has given out over 4,500 blanket “hugs” to children through various agencies, individual donations and special benefits including victims of Hurricane Sandy.
Piecemakers’ project chairman Belinda Essmyer of Milan said that at the November meeting the group spent the day sewing and pressing 10 quilt tops out of pre-cut fabric squares.
Piecemakers member Joy Powers said that the group has made four quilts that have been donated to local groups to be used as fundraisers. “We have donated a quilt to Relay for Life, the Community Child Development Center, and the Senior Nutrition Center.” said Powers. “We estimate that over $2,500 has been raised in the community through our quilt donations.”
This year the group has presented their quilt to the Macon Women of Today who will donate the money from ticket sales to the Randy Johnson Memorial Fund. The quilt is on display this week through Friday at Macon-Atlanta State Bank. Tickets may be purchased during the week from Macon Women of Today President Bonnie Becker at Macon Realty or at the Macon Women of Today’s Craft Fair on Saturday, Dec. 1 in the Macon High School gymnasium, high school hallway and common’s area from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. The winner will be drawn at 3 p.m. You do not have to be present to win.