Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington

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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302

‘Chancery Quilting Ladies’ plan centennial observance

the Inland Register

(From the May 16, 2013 edition of the Inland Register)

“Grandmother’s Flower Garden” is the design theme of this quilt, over 80 years old, that will be raffled to benefit Catholic Charities. (IR photo courtesy of the Chancery Quilting Ladies)

The Chancery Quilting Ladies will be celebrating 100 years of service next month.

It all started in 1913 at St. Francis Xavier Parish when Mrs. Brunk, an active parishioner, decided to get some parish ladies involved in a project which would give them a chance for an outing, to get to know each other, and to do some charity work to help the needy.

They originally met at the parish hall but soon moved on to St. Joseph Parish, near the courthouse.

Then, for a number of years they met at the Chancery Building, which was on 4th Avenue. That building was sold to make room for an East/West Freeway through Spokane.

The diocese then purchased a three-story marble building on Riverside Avenue, just across the street to the east of the Cathedral. The ladies had quilting rooms on the lower level and they sewed and made quilts there for many years. Most of their handiwork was donated to the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

About two years ago the quilters were offered use of a few rooms in Catholic Charities’ new St. Anne’s Children and Family Center at 25 W. 5th Ave., where quilters continue to make quilts for the needy and to sell in order to raise money for Catholic Charities.

Except for the summer months, the ladies are in their quilting rooms from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on Fridays. Visitors and customers are welcome.

The Ladies will celebrate the group’s centennial with a luncheon at the North side Olive Garden Restaurant, 9780 N. Newport Hwy., on Thursday, June 13, at 1 p.m. Anyone who has ever quilted with the group is invited to join the party. Reservations should be made by June 10; please call 487-4423, 328-5688, 535-5948, or 863-2794.

In conjunction with the celebration the ladies decided to raffle off a beautiful donated quilt that was hand-stitched and hand-quilted in the 1930s. This quilt is old but in excellent condition. The design is “Grandmother’s Flower Garden.”

A second prize on the raffle is a lovely hand-tied quilt made recently by our ladies.

All proceeds of the raffle will be given to Catholic Charities. The raffle will take place at the luncheon on June 13. You do not have to be present to win.

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