Life is sew good: Residents and snowbirds gather to make quilts, friends and holiday memories

sunset king sewing

The group proudly displays just a handful of the quilts they've made for area nursing homes. Each one is significantly unique in pattern and color scheme.

Jennie McKeon | The Sun
Published: Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 12:59 PM.

Inside the back room of the Sunset King RV Resort, sewing machines are lined up against the window, and ladies in front of them are diligently working — their colorful patterns strewn about the room with a little bit of chatter on top of the machine's hum.

Without a fancy club name or set schedule, ladies of the DeFuniak Springs RV resort meet regularly to create a plethora of fabric crafts. From little purses to sewing machine covers to blankets, the women spend hours inside the resort's sewing room to be creative and spend time amongst friends.

It all started three years ago.

"We had a lady that was staying at the resort for three months who was a quilter," said Sue Coppocky. "We asked if she would teach a bunch of us how to quilt, and she held classes once a week."

Sooner than later, the ladies were bitten by the sewing bug. With the OK from management, they moved out the pool table in the back room and set up their sewing studio.

"We put up the curtains, we mop and wax the floors, we keep it clean," Coppocky said. "It's our room."

It wasn't long after quilting blankets, bags and various crafts for their grandchildren that one resident thought to make good use of their surplus. Last year the group, which varies in size by the season, crafted 10 quilts. This year, they made 40.

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