Pay It Forward: Quilting from the heart

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Just like clockwork, Betty Phelps assembles her masterpieces.

This retired school counselor made her first quilt decades ago, but the meticulous craft only recently became her passion.

“It’s exciting to start with nothing and wind up with something that tunrs out very, very pretty and that somebody is going to love,” Phelps said.

But keeping a stitch straight can sometimes be downright painful for her.

“She has [rheumatoid arthritis] and it’s sometimes very difficult for her to do this,” said friend Faye Houston. “But she does it anyway.”

That’s because Phelps is on a mission. Her quilting group at the 50+ Zone churns out 400 to 500 quilts each year, sending them to families in need and selling them to benefit local nonprofits.

“We give a lot of quilts to children and I have yet to give a quilt to a child that didn’t immediately wrap that quilt around their shoulders,” Phelps said. “It’s heartwarming to us. It means everything to us.”

“I just love her and love what she does and what she stands for — the hard work she puts into [her quilts] and the love — the love she puts in them,” Houston said.

That’s why Lauren Wuthrich and Domain Real Estate are paying it forward to Phelps, so she can get the supplies she needs to continue providing warmth around the clock.

“Quilts not only keep you warm,” Phelps said. “They also warm your soul and your heart.”

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