Orange County quilters find and bring comfort to others through their craft

Laveta Brigham

Seymour Quilting newcomer Sara Peach found the group in February and went to three meetings in person before the group moved online. She said the online experience works because many of the women are familiar with each other.  “It’s a very relaxed, social, welcoming group, and it’s a lot better […]

Seymour Quilting newcomer Sara Peach found the group in February and went to three meetings in person before the group moved online.

She said the online experience works because many of the women are familiar with each other. 

“It’s a very relaxed, social, welcoming group, and it’s a lot better than not seeing any of these people or their work,” Peach said.

One pillar of the quilting group is that they donate their artwork to various charities around the country. Group organizer and long-time quilter Susan Zeisel has taken this into consideration when selling her pieces, and has made it a point to use the money that she has earned through quilting for more supplies, rather than for personal use.

“I only sell them to make money to buy more fabric,” Zeisel said. “I don’t make a profit. I don’t get paid for my time essentially. I just do it because I love it. I try and learn new things all the time, and it keeps me challenged doing that.”

Peach said she joined the group because of the charity approach. The group donates quilts to Sleep in Heavenly Peace, which builds beds for underprivileged kids. 

“One of the things that drew me to the Seymour group is that they do a lot of donation quilts, and this is for area hospitals, pediatric units, hospice,” Peach said.

Whether it be the quilts they are working on for California wildfire survivors or the pillowcases they made for the Orange County Department of Social Services, the Seymour quilters’ donations have made an impact in Chapel Hill and across the country. 

“We do this because we want to do this,” Zeisel said. “Not because we want a thank you.”

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