79-year-old Austin woman sews quilts for those in need

Austin woman, 79, sews quilts for those in need

AUSTIN - For 22 years now, Jean Ferris has been making quilts for those in need in America and all across the world.

"Especially the little ones that need so much care," Ferris said. "It's just good to know that you've made something for someone to use that will benefit from it, especially the children."

22 years of collecting donated fabric means her collection is rather extensive.

"See these are all small pieces," Ferris explained as she showed KVUE how she categorized her materials in different bins and drawers.

There was one big drawer that only contained two and a half inch strips of fabric.

One of Ferris' daughters, Connie Jennings, said her mother keeps everything.

"She wastes absolutely nothing," said Jennings.

Which means every single scrap is used to make quilts. Something Ferris has been doing since 1995.

She has sewn for several charities, including World Relief, a non profit that works with local churches to help vulnerable communities all over the world.

The 79-year-young Ferris spends 12 to 14 hours per week making unique quilts with the same sewing machine her husband bought her decades ago.

"It's a Singer Slant O Matic," said Ferris.

The sewing machine is 51 years old but it's only broken down once.

Like the Singer sewing machine, Ferris keeps going because she's learned mistakes are part of life.

"There's this group that quilts a lot and they said, they make sure a mistake because nobody's perfect," said Ferris.

But Jennings thinks her mom is pretty darn close.

"I know it makes her happy -- to make things that make a difference in other people's lives," said Jennings.

Ferris and her husband celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Friday.

After a stroke, she now cares for him full time at the Buckner Villas Senior Living Community in North Austin. That limits how much she can sew.

Nevertheless, she's still spreading love and joy one quilt at a time.

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