red, white and blue quilt

A local chapter of the American Sewing Guild is holding a charity sew-in event to make lap quilts for disabled veterans from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 15. The sew-in will be held in the basement of the First Baptist Church of Arnold Family Life Center, 2012 Missouri State Road.

“I thought it would be fun to create a really large event so we can make as many quilts as possible,” said sewing group member Georgia Beiser, who's also a veteran.

A neighborhood group called the South County Chain Stitchers is holding the event. The group is part of the Sew Me St. Louis chapter of the American Sewing Guild.

The South County Chain Stitchers consists of 25 members, and 13 of them are from Jefferson County.

Attendees may bring lunch or purchase food from the vending machines. In addition, participants need to bring a sewing machine and sewing supplies. There will be some fabric provided, but stitchers are encouraged to also bring red, white or blue cotton fabric.

The quilts will be 36 inches square, backed with fleece and will be donated to the veterans at the Veterans Administration Medical Center at Jefferson Barracks in St. Louis County and the John Cochran Veterans Administration Hospital in St. Louis.

The event is free and open to the public. Volunteers are needed to cut fabric, sew quilts and iron fabrics or quilts.

“Everybody can sew,” Beiser said. “There’s so many ways to give back to the veterans and let them know that they are cared for and loved.”

The American Sewing Guild is open to new members. For more information, visit asgstlouis.org.

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