The Happy Needlers

National Quilting Day

March 16, 2024

A quilt is a type of bed cover, traditionally composed of three layers of fiber, a woven cloth top, a layer of batting or wadding, and a woven back, combined using the technique of quilting. A quilt is distinguishable from other types of blankets because it is pieced together with several pieces of cloth.

National Quilting Day recognizes quiltmakers and their quilt-making abilities. The word ‘quilt’ comes from the Latin word ‘culcita,’ which means stuffed sack, it became adapted to the English language from the French word ‘cuilte.’

Quilting practices can be found in almost every area of the world and it is celebrated on the third Saturday in March every year. The National Quilting Association started National Quilting Day in 1991 and since then it has grown into a global celebration for all quilt lovers and makers.



(Photo of Quilts set out for Blessing on October 8, 2023)

The quilters made & donated 80 quilts for Lutheran World Relief in 2023

 The Goal for 2024 is to donate 100 quilts to Lutheran World Relief.       

Imagine the comfort and care you feel when you snuggle under a comforter or wear a piece of clothing made or worn by a loved one. That’s the feeling you share through an LWR Quilt. In a simple combination of fabric and thread, you reach out to people in their time of greatest need with a strong message of hope — you are not alone. 

Every year the Happy Needlers and their volunteers at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Lewiston make quilts for local missions including:

  • Lutheran World Relief
  • Wellspring Children Services
  • Lewiston Community Sharing
  • Lydia’s Gate

They are in need of donations for more quilts. 

  • Do you have new or gently used sheets, 
  • sewing pieces (minimum size 12" x 12"), 
  • draperies (no satin, sheer or lace) or tablecloths that you could donate? 

The quilts are sewn year 'round and donations can be taken any time of the year. 

Bring your donations of fabric to the Bethlehem Lutheran Church office M-F 9am to 1pm. Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 3805 County Road 612, Lewiston, MI 49756.

If you would like to help in other ways, a monetary donation to defray the cost of shipping would be welcome, please write Happy Needlers in the memo. 

Your help can make another person's life better. 


Quilts for Sale

Proceeds from quilts for sale are used to purchase non-donated items to continue to make quilts for local missions 

The Happy Needlers is a non-profit that is not affiliated with Bethlehem Lutheran Church