Station Stitchers Quilting Support

Station Stitchers was started in 2010 by a group of women who wanted to do more with their quilting. They met twice a month in the old train station in Purcellville, VA. In their first year, they made 30 quilts and then had to decide where the quilts should go.

Station Stitchers decided to keep their donations local to support Loudoun County. They started by donating the quilts to the patients of Inova Loudoun Hospital. These quilts were given to people in the Intensive Care Unit, Pediatrics, and the Neonatal ICU. Since its humble beginnings, Station Stitchers has donated approximately 1350 quilts.

Station Stitchers works year-round to make quilts and has been pleased to additionally support Boulder Crest Retreat in Bluemont, VA and Willing Warrior Retreat in Haymarket, VA by providing quilts for bedding in their guest facilities.

To fund our efforts, volunteers make purses, table toppers, table runners, place mats, hot pads, pot holders, and other home decorator items. These items are made available at local fairs and shows. They also take commissions to construct these items in specific fabrics or colors and make quilts, tailored purses, teddy bears, and other items at the customer's request. There are no paid personnel and every dime donated goes to Station Stitchers.

Station Stitchers became closely associated with Joshua's Hands, a 501(3)(c) non-profit organization which conducts Valiant Warrior – ten crazy days twice a year when volunteers are rallied from the community to make red/white/blue quilts for wounded military personnel.

In 2016, Joshua's Hands agreed to become the Fiscal Sponsor for Station Stitchers.  

Station Stitchers has a store front in Purcellville, VA that is open for volunteers five days a week from 10AM to 5PM. All supplies and materials are provided

When making a quilt, the quilting itself is the production bottleneck. Up until the advent of electric sewing machines, quilters sewed the three layers (top, batting, and backing) together by hand. This is a long process. Smaller quilts can be sewn on a domestic sewing machine but nothing much larger than a baby blanket

To finish more quilts faster, Station Stitchers procured a Long Arm Quilting Machine two years ago. Using the machine, the operator sews the three layers together to "make" a quilt. The quilt is then trimmed and bound, a label is applied, and the finished quilt is sent to the hospital.

The machine Station Stitchers bought was a quality domestic machine (floor model) meant to be used by home quilters. Even though the machine was maintained as directed it simply could not hold up to daily use – 251 quilts last year. Only 150 quilts have been completed this year because the machine is now disabled.

This Go Fund Me page is to help pay off the old machine and to procure a new one. Armed with much more knowledge about owning and operating such a machine and having carefully evaluated sturdier options, Station Stitchers is ready to invest in a machine to that will last for many years to come.

The new machine needs to get up and running as soon as possible. Currently, there are almost 80 quilts waiting to be quilted and no way to get them done. Patients, families and nursing staff have shared how important the quilts are to the recipients. Station Stitchers has volunteers ready to do the work, will you help get the project back up and running? Your donation will be used to purchase a new long-arm quilting machine to get Station Stitchers back on track. Thank you in advance for your gift!

Penny Dunn, Director
Station Stitchers, A Work of Joshua's Hands
38327 Charles Town Pike
Waterford, VA   20197
  • DeAnn Wibben Miller 
    • $25 
    • 44 mos
  • Sandy Dart 
    • $50 
    • 44 mos
  • A Stitcher 
    • $50 
    • 44 mos
  • Joyce Guthrie 
    • $50 
    • 44 mos
  • Elizabeth St. Marie 
    • $25 
    • 45 mos
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Organizer

Penny D Dunn 
Organizer
Waterford, VA
Joshua's Hands 
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