Sewing party set for Sunday

BLUE EARTH – Sunday will be special at Michele’s Sewing in Blue Earth, but not because of the big game.

“A good, feel-good day,” said Michele Hard, who owns the sewing and vacuum store. “You always feel good when you’re doing something for others.”

For six years, Hard has hosted a sewing party at her shop for those who, shall we say, are less than fanatic about football. The quilts that are the fruits of their labors are donated to worthy causes.

“We all love to get together and do something good,” Hard said. “The idea was just to give back.”

The stitching frenzy kicks off at 11 a.m., and runs until 6 p.m. It’s bring your own sewing machine, fabric, food and anything else you might need.

“They can pick up a pattern from me in advance and have everything cut if they want,” Hard said.

In the past, seamstresses used their favorite pattern to make their labors of love, but now the quilts have a special destination.

“This year, they’re heart patterns, in honor of cancer survivors,” Hard said.

One avid local quilter, Eva Adams, is president of the Rebekah Lodge for the state of Minnesota.

“This year my project is quilts or blankets to give to people undergoing cancer treatment,” she said.

“We’re always looking for someplace to donate [the quilts] to,” Hard said. “Eva came to me and asked if we’d consider doing this pattern, so it was a good thing we had everything set in motion.

“There probably isn’t one of us who hasn’t been touched by cancer,” she added.

In the past, the quilting spree has benefited New Horizons Adoption Agency, Options Pregnancy Center, Ronald McDonald House, Nicollet Place and Elmore Academy. This year, it’s up to the quilter.

“If they know somebody who’s battling cancer, they can donate it to whoever they like,” Hard said.

If a quilter doesn’t have someone in mind, they can donate the quilt to Adams, who will distribute it where needed.

For anyone who is panicking about getting a quilt done before the final horn Sunday, Hard says don’t worry. Overtime is granted until April 1.

“Even if you have it cut out, it takes more than a day to put some of these quilts together,” she said.

Hard expects to see a lot of her regulars, who call themselves the Main Street Sewing Society, but for this event her doors are open to all, no matter where they live, even if they don’t sew.

“Come sit and visit with us and find out what it’s all about,” she said.