MacLeod leads quilting club at Brookfield Senior Center
Donating to charities a priority for organization
For more than 30 years, quilting has been the constant in Dee MacLeod's life.
And in one of the darker moments of her life, when her husband died, she spent much of her time doing his hobby.
But she realized doing it alone became a "lonesome process."
So she brought her passion to the Brookfield Senior Center.
"I went over to the senior center and it looked like people were having so much fun," MacLeod said. "There's lots of activities, but there wasn't a quilting group."
MacLeod started the Brookfield Senior Quilters 14 years ago, and along with some original members, has made it a successful operation.
"I can't tell you how much that group has meant to me over the years because I met so many wonderful people," said MacLeod, who was first introduced to quilting in 1979 when she and a group of women at her church went up to Door County and took a lesson at a quilting shop. "I've built up very close friendships, and whatever I've put into the club I've certainly gotten it back a hundred-fold."
MacLeod and the group, who call themselves quilting angels and divas, receive this satisfaction by donating many of the quilts to charities.
The organization is currently sending its quilts to Froedtert Hospital in the hospice area.
In the past, the club has also given its quilts to the Joy House–Milwaukee Rescue Mission and the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts.
"It's quite a big thing we undertook," MacLeod said about donating to Froedtert. "It wasn't the main goal (to start donating to charities), but it's evolved into a service."
The quilts are put over individuals at the hospice, MacLeod said, and their families are "so appreciative" to receive them.
"It's very personal," she said.
She said the core group of quilters are all advanced, but added some started as beginners.
"It's provided a way for me to do some teaching," said MacLeod, who prepared lesson plans during the early years for club members.
The club meets on the second Tuesday of each month.
When asked how long she plans on leading the group, MacLeod, almost 81, said, "As long as I can get over to the senior center."
After all, she's not ready to stop something that has brought her so much joy.
"It's a wonderful therapeutic activity, and sharing it with other people is just incredible," MacLeod said.
At a glance
WHAT: Quilting Club
WHERE: Brookfield Senior Center
CONTACT: Membership for senior center activities for seniors 55 and older is free to all city of Brookfield residents. However, they need to register annually at the Recreation Department. Non-residents must pay an annual fee of $12.
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