clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Quilting lady just keeps on stitching

COVINA, Calif. — Rosalie Clark's quilting friends can't say enough good things about her — she has a great sense of humor, she never complains, she gives words of wisdom to all, she's a calming influence, a good source of helpful information, has a wealth of experience to draw from, that she's the heart of the quilting group.The spunky 84-year-old has welcomed a group of ladies to quilt in her home most Wednesdays, for more than 10 years now.The group began quilting around the time Clark was asked to serve as humanitarian leader for the Charter Oak Ward in the Lavern Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.They began making quilts for the church's humanitarian effort to get quilts to people experiencing hardships during the Kosovo conflict around 1999. After that the group just never stopped meeting.Even though the quilts are made in Clark's home. they consider their quilts part of the church's humanitarian effort.The group has evolved into something much more than just producing quilts. One lady said, "This group means more than just quilting for others. It means something to us. We like hanging out with her."After quilting, the ladies gather around the big, round, dining room table to eat themed potluck and enjoy pleasant conversation. A feeling of deep acceptance, respect, love, and camaraderie for each other is apparent among the ladies of varying ages. Since 2005 (when Clark started counting) the women have produced more than 435 crib-size lap quilts, more than 750 newborn baby clothing kits, and more than 120 children's school kits, and many other special things they produced, but did not count in those totals, such as neck coolers for soldiers in Iraq.All of them were produced in Clark's home.The quilts are not just thrown together and rushed out the door. Each quilt's fabric is lovingly chosen for children's themes, and every quilt is crocheted around the edges. Clark insists that every quilt they make must match her high standards. "I think they should be as nice as if I was giving them to my own family," she said. The beautifully done quilts are donated to children undergoing cancer treatment at Los Angeles Children Hospital's, Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases.The newborn baby clothing kits are given to Los Angeles County Hospital. The nursing staff at the Hematology/Oncology Clinic and Day Hospital wrote that "Having their special blanket makes them feel safe, secure and a little more able to face often frightening situations."