Inmate program helps preserve family memories into quilts


VINCENNES, Ind. (WTHI) – You’ve heard the phrase: A picture is worth a thousand words but it’s not just a picture that can tell a story.

Sometimes a collection of family heirlooms can do the same.

“Mother had made most of our clothes; well she had to, for 6 kids,” said Sharon Kiefer, quilt owner.

Kiefer sees her family’s stories crafted into this quilt. Fabric collected from her mother’s Margaret’s collection.

“My mother has since lost the ability to make quilts,” she continued.

Kiefer wanted to honor her mother’s abilities and that’s where good friend Dottie stepped in.

“Well the offenders that make the quilts are in a program called the PLUS program…”

Dottie helped get Sharon in contact with the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility. Inmates took Sharon’s mother’s materials and crafted one last quilt.

“I recognize pieces of fabric in here she would make little sundresses out of for her grand-daughters,” she said.

Full of family memories — this quilt will not stay with Sharon or her mother.

“It’s going to be extra special to see the smiles on their faces..”

She will donate it to her church for a fundraiser and the money will go back to the church.

And the quilt – will help her mother’s memory live on – even after she’s gone. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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