The Hartford Memorial Baptist Church Wednesday Night Quilting Sisters Ministry was founded in 1986, led by Dr. Sarah Carolyn Adams Reese. Joining the ministry that day, were quilting sisters Mother Mary Turner, Shirley Gibson Bell, Ramona Reasor Hammonds and Elaine Yancy-Hollis, (all of whom are still active in our ministry). We are dedicated to improving the quality and craftsmanship of quilters in Michigan. Our ministry meets every Wednesday, 5-7 p.m., in room 106/108, September thru June. The ministry consists of mostly Hartford members with about 1/3 non-Hartford members and now since April 2012, we have a male member.
In addition to giving our quilts to our relatives and friends, we donate large lap quilts and or full quilts to various charities. Throughout the years our quilters have received statewide and nationwide acclaim on television, in newspapers, in book, public schools and libraries. We have taught basic quilting techniques to children in their schools and at exhibits.
The Quilting Sisters have been mentioned in the following books: A Communion of the Spirit, by Roland L. Freeman, African American Quiltmaking in Michigan, by Martha MacDonald and Black Threads, by Kyra E. Hicks
The Quilting Sisters have made donations to the following groups: Habitat for Humanity, D.M.C. Cancer Treatment Unit, Karmanos Cancer Center, Botswana Orphanage for Girls, Zeta Phi Beta Storks Nest (complete layette sets with full baby quilts), Hygiene items for the homeless, and quilts for Hurricane Katrina Relief.
The Quilting Sisters have been featured in the Detroit Free Press and the Detroit News. They have had exhibits at Michigan State University, University of Michigan, Charles Wright Museum of African American History, Chrysler Corporation and Blue Cross/Blue Shield.
On Saturday, October 27, 2012, we will hold our 23rd bi-yearly “Quilt Show” here at Hartford, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. We are also looking forward to seeing you there!
Mrs. Florene Smith, President
Mrs. Frankie Moore, Vice President
Mrs. Ramona Reasor Hammonds, Treasurer