Missionary Church resumes annual quilt sale


With the help of masks and social distancing, the La Porte Missionary Church will be able to go forward with its ninth annual Mission Quilt Sale.

The event is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 3 at the church, located at 104 E 18th St., La Porte, at the corner of 18 and A streets near Kesling Middle School.

Over 250 quilts will be available at $55, said spokeswoman Lynda Sardeson. “Quilts make wonderful gifts.” She said that, while most of the fabric is donated, the group holds a quilt sale once a year, on the first Saturday in October, to raise funds to buy quilt batting, equipment and supplies to make more quilts and help with missions.

Nearly 2,000 mission quilts have been given to those in need throughout the community, state, nation, and even abroad, Sardeson said. Past recipients include all fire departments in La Porte, Michigan City, New Carlisle, and the 16 volunteer fire departments in the county; the La Porte Homeless Shelter; Stepping Stone Shelter for Abused Women and Children; Sand Castle Shelter for Homeless Families in Michigan City; and the Veterans Homeless Shelter in South Bend. The mission has also  helped with disaster relief such as the aftermath of the hurricanes in North Carolina, Florida, Texas, and the East Coast.  Internationally, quilts have gone to Tegucigalpa, Honduras; Togo, West Africa; and the Children’s Hospital Zinga, in Tanzania, East Africa.

“Anyone interested in helping make Mission Quilts is invited to join us,” Sardeson said. The group meets weekly on Thursdays from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall of the church. Both women and men can participate.  “No sewing skills are needed.  If you can count to 48 (the number of squares needed for each quilt top) or if you can tie a knot we have a place for you.  All equipment is supplied.  We have stand-up jobs, sit-down jobs; hauling boxes, cutting, sorting, counting, and matching fabrics; tying knots and pinning, ironing, and yes … even sewing, if you know how. And we have fun,” Sardeson said.

Face masks are required and will be made available. For more information, contact Sardeson at 219-363-5677.

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