After nine months of sewing, Julie Love of Byron and her group Comforting Quilters finished quilts that they made for the victims of the Newtown shooting that happened last December.
Julie Love says the 26 quilts started with Emilie Parker, one of the young victims of the shooting. Love says she comes from the same hometown as Emilie.
Each quilt has hand-embroidered the victims' names, the school logo, and the saying, "Tenderly, we treasure the past with memories that always will last."
"When we finished our first one and looked at it and realized how beautiful it was and what a neat thing we were doing, we just thought, 'You know we can't put these in a box and ship them up there. We have to deliver these,'" said Love.
She says these quilts took months of hard work.
On Sunday, you can check out the quilts yourself at the Byron Welcome Center on Highway 49 North. They will display the quilts and bless them. The event begins at 2 pm. There are 29 quilts: 26 for the victims and three for first responders.
"You know, we started it as a labor of love and it still is, and you know they will be blessed on Sunday, so that hopefully when they go to Newtown, they will feel the warmth and the love that we have for them and what the Lord has for them, too," said Love.