Members of the El Dorado Crazy Quilters Guild try to make around 100 quilts to give away each year, many to cancer patients.
Several months ago, Jean Lile, a member of the Crazy Quilters Guild, found a quilt that had been pieced together but not quilted, in the Crazy Quilters’ donation pile.
“Anyone can bring donation material,” said Lile.
After bringing it home to finish, Lile noticed one of the quilt blocks had the name Lodema Holderman and the year 1997 written on it.
“I thought, ‘It’s got to go back to the family,’” said Lile. “I had no luck for about six months.”
Well, last Thursday she finally had some good luck, finding Lodema’s son Larry Holderman listed in the phone book.
On Saturday, Larry, who lives near Rosalia, came to see the finished quilt at the El Dorado Senior Center.
“I think it’s pretty,” said Larry, who hadn’t seen the quilt before and didn’t know exactly how it ended up in the Crazy Quilters’ donation pile.
After Lodema passed away, Larry donated some of her things to the Leon Senior Center, so he thinks someone may have found it there and then taken it to the Crazy Quilters.
“I’m happy to have it,” he said. “I just wish mother was here to receive it herself.”
Larry does have some of his mother’s other quilts and plans to use this one as well.
“I’m just thrilled to return it,” said Lile.