Women from the Faith Lutheran Church congregation will be donating 20 handmade quilts to Victorville Child Protective Services next week.


Since 1994, the sewing group has donated their time and talents to making quilts for CPS.


"We chose to donate the quilts to the CPS because there are so terribly grateful and happy," quilt-maker Barbara Bell said. "They tell us little stories. For instance, a little child who had to stay the night [at CPS] wrapped themselves up in a blanket and slept all night like that. It's so moving to hear that your blanket was used like that."


Started by two master quilters nearly 20 years ago, the group was inspired to take up the art of quilt-making and donate to their


community.


"Several of us took a class at Victor Valley College on quilt-making and we were able to teach others," Bell said.


Grace Fleischmann has been in the sewing group since 2001 and has participated in the quilt-making with her fellow church members.


"Occasionally, we make a quilt for someone special in our church," Fleischmann said, but the quilts are mostly donated to CPS.


According to Bell, it takes around one to two hours for eight to nine quilters in assembly fashion to make one quilt block blanket.


"The congregation donates most of the materials needed and the group purchases materials themselves," quilter Sarah Vogel said.


The sewing group makes about 50 quilts a year starting between September and May, working once a week.