The Sewing Club at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish started getting together in 2015. They meet every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 1 pm to 3 pm in the Mother Teresa Room of the Marlo Cuevas-Balandran Activity Center. We have 12-15 ladies who come on a regular basis. We make a variety of items to sell to help raise funds to pay the debt on the activity center. So far we have raised $4600. We sell our products at our parish food sales and craft sales in the area. If anyone knows of any craft sales coming up, please let us know. Last year in the month of October the Sewing Club sold items at the School of Religion Craft sale and at Lucy Martin’s Food Sale.
If anyone is interested in getting involved with the Sewing Club please just come to our meetings. If you would like to make any contributions, we are also open to that. Anything that can help us raise money to help pay off the debt of our activity center would be appreciated.
If you have any questions or want further information, contact Monica Matchett (478-4899) or Lilia Camacho (266-4239). We welcome the Spanish-speaking community. We are also bilingual.
SEWING CLUB IN THE NEWS.....
In July 2016 the Sewing Club was featured in the Topeka Capital Journal about the Centennial Quilt:
"Dubbed the Centennial Quilt because this year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Roman Catholic church in the Oakland neighborhood of Topeka to serve Mexican immigrants recruited to work for Santa Fe Railroad, the queen size quilt represents part of the church’s century-old legacy.
For many years, said Lilia Camacho, one of the quilt project coordinators, a group of women would gather once or twice a week at the Topeka LULAC Senior Center to sew, embroider and do other craft projects, which they would sell or raffle as a way to support the church and its endeavors.
All but one of the ladies has died. The lone survivor, Jesse Ramirez, 92, donated a stack of quilt blocks the women had completed in 1989 but never put together as a completed quilt.
“They embroidered all of them, and they had the markings on them where the quilting was to be done,” Camacho said.
Many of the quilt blocks also had their creator’s name on them. In addition to Ramirez, the known quilters were Herminia Chavez, Juana Gamino, Hazel Gomez, Tillie Gonzales, Angela Perez and Bonnie Wagner.
Camacho said she has heard other women were involved in the sewing circle, but Ramirez can’t remember any other names, so the project advanced with only the names of the women who left behind signed blocks.
The quilt committee began work to complete the queen-size quilt in the middle of May and finished it just in time so it could be displayed at the fiesta, which began Tuesday and continues through Saturday in the neighborhood around Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 201 N.E. Chandler
The drawing for the Our Lady of Guadalupe Church Centennial Quilt will be Oct. 11 at a craft sale at the Marlo Cuevas-Balandran Activity Center. Proceeds of the quilt raffle will be donated to pay off the remaining debt of building the center, which opened in time for the 2006 fiesta."
Ladies in the large group picture are: Back row from left to right - Sara Cobos, Marcella Tinoco, Vicky Gutierrez, Dee Gutierrez, Frances Ortiz, Lilia Camacho, Gloria Ramirez. Front row - Anita Trujillo, Rose Padilla, Hope Cuevas, Monica Matchett. Missing: Mary Escalante, Lydia Dominguez, Dolores Oliva, Mary Rangel, Rita Hernandez-Gugello, Pilar Romero, Virginia Romero, Peggy Oliva, Lola Colon, Delores Torrez, Mary Valdivia, Lena Hernandez, and Angie Gomez.
“Life is but a Weaving” (the Tapestry Poem)
“My life is but a weaving
Between my God and me.
I cannot choose the colors
He weaveth steadily.
Oft’ times He weaveth sorrow;
And I in foolish pride
Forget He sees the upper
And I the underside.
Not ’til the loom is silent
And the shuttles cease to fly
Will God unroll the canvas
And reveal the reason why.
The dark threads are as needful
In the weaver’s skillful hand
As the threads of gold and silver
In the pattern He has planned
He knows, He loves, He cares;
Nothing this truth can dim.
He gives the very best to those
Who leave the choice to Him.”
― Corrie ten Boom