Waldherr's quilts full of warmth

Jean Waldherr isn’t sure exactly how many quilts she has made and given to charity. She just knows it feels good.

“God gives me the strength to do it, and I enjoy helping people,” said the Edgewood woman who’s a regular at the Federal Way Senior Center.

Waldherr had another dozen quilts (she used to stitch them together by hand, but now relies on her sewing machine) to take last week to PICC in Kent to be donated to babies and families fighting drug addiction.

She also donates her homemade items, including clothing, to church missions in other countries as far away as Africa. Thirty-three pairs of children’s shorts recently went to a Mexico church.

Also, Waldherr and AnnaMarie Ballard, daughter of Jean and Chuck, make jams and toys to sell at bazaars. The proceeds go to needy families.

“It’s all about helping people,” Waldherr said.

Waldherr, now 68, made quilts for all four of her children when they were young. She got the sewing bug while growing up on a dairy farm in Puyallup.

While she doesn’t mind talking about her charitable stitching, Waldherr doesn’t go looking for praise. But she gets some from Ann Fowle, secretary at the senior center.

“We’re all volunteers and every one is indispensable. But Jean goes above and beyond,” Fowle said.

Ballard gets a kick out of her mom, too.

“I’m really proud of her and proud of the way I was raised,” Ballard said.

Editor Pat Jenkins can be reached at 925-5565 and

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