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Mother-Daughters Quilt Ministry

Freedom Quilters: Mary Dobush (Wellington), Lydia Weasner (Bellevue), Hannah Weasner (Bellevue) and Elizabeth Griffin (Clyde).


Mother-Daughters Quilt Ministry was born from the work and legacy of Marian Griffin–the ‘Mother’ (and Grandmother). Marian sewed many quilts for her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, missionaries, and orphans before her death in 2011. We, her daughters and granddaughters, are endeavoring to continue in her footsteps by not only sewing nice quilts, but by sharing with and ministering to others through the quilts.

This spring, Marian’s sweetheart and husband of 65-plus years joined her in heaven –just shy of his 90th birthday. Although Grandpa didn’t do any sewing, his mischievous streak resulted in little green frogs hidden in the patchwork of several of his grandchildren’s wedding quilts. Grandpa thought the frog fabric was funny (and it was decidedly cute), so he bought a large piece of it for Grandma. Some of the material has been in almost every quilt since. So, this year, in honor and memory of George Griffin, we have stenciled a small frog into our quilt. Hopefully, you will enjoy finding our little frog hiding in the “Garden of Hope”.

Contributing to this year’s quilt are George and Marian’s (Ohio) daughters, Mary Dobush (Wellington) and Lydia Weasner (Bellevue), and granddaughters Hannah Weasner (Bellevue) and Elizabeth Griffin (Clyde). We all contributed to the designing, and each of us did some of the handwork on the quilt. Note: at least half of the stitching was done on Grandma’s antique treadle sewing machine! Our quilt is all cotton material and batting, and is warm earth-tones (all flowered except for the sashes and binding).