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Quilt for Middy was ‘Labor of Love’

By Staff | Oct 4, 2010

ome of those who helped with the quilt pose with Middy at the dedication last week. Left to right are; Don Tesch, Eddie Ekstrand, Middy Thomas, Leona Tesch, Clifford Fuchs and Francisco Salas.

The folks who frequent the Blue Earth Senior Citizens Center were searching for some way to thank the center’s director, Middy Thomas, for all of her hard work on their behalf.

A certificate, or plaque, of appreciation just didn’t seem like enough.

So, with the help of their arts and crafts person, Janine Wischnewski, they created a quilt.

A special quilt, honoring Middy Thomas for all her work.

And, they kept it a ‘big secret.’

“We started the quilt in April,” Wischnewski says. “We called it the “Labor of Love Project.

She says over 40 men and women from all walks of life helped sew the quilt blocks.

“That’s right, there were a lot of men who got involved, too,” she says. “Some of the women would sew a whole block themselves, and others, including the men, worked together on each individual piece.

The sewers on the quilt ranged in age from 62 to 99 years old.

Sewn onto the quilt is a letter from the seniors, thanking Middy for providing food for their souls, encouragement to their spirits, and answers to their questions.

There is also a list of names of all the people involved in making the quilt. There are 48 names listed.

The quilt was finished just in time for the annual Woodcarvers and Quilters Show in Blue Earth in August. It was on display at that event. From there, it was on display at several businesses in Blue Earth.

Just recently, it finally made it’s way to the Senior Citizens Center, where it will be a permanent display.

“I was pretty overwhelmed,” Thomas says. “I knew they were making a quilt, but I didn’t realize it was for me. I also can’t believe so many of the men were involved with it.

The quilt is not the only honor Thomas has received recently.

Last week she was named the Shell Food Mart “Good Neighbor” honoree, and was treated to an open house at the Blue Earth gas station.

“It has been quite an interesting last few weeks,” she says.

As for the quilt, the senior citizens are quite proud of their work, and are happy to have found a way to honor their director.

“We love and respect our Middy and just wanted the community to know how special she is,” the seniors say. The Blue Earth Senior Citizens Center serves lunches each day, and has numerous activities for its members. Some are on a daily schedule, and some are special events.

“Anyone interested in what we do here can call me at 526-3850, and I would be happy to fill them in,” Thomas says. “Or they can just stop in.”