Chrishariah Sharron beams after getting her quilt.
— Pre-kindergartners at Maxey Elementary can choose their own quilts when a local couple visits with a truckload.
All through the year, Lynn and Pauline Folsom, of Winter Garden, sew by hand dozens of themed children’s quilts and then give them all away.
Last week, Lynn and his daughter, Peggy Folsom, visited Maxey Elementary School to share their sewing talents with the pre-kindergarten class.
The colorful quilts, measuring 42 inches by 55 inches, were laid out on the low tables, and the 4-year-olds were trying to sneak a peek while remaining seated on the floor nearby.
One by one, the 19 children in Tashara Canuelas’ class walked around the tables, choosing little blankets depicting princesses, farm animals, sports equipment, zoos and jungles, the Cat in the Hat and the Very Hungry Caterpillar, fire trucks and geometric shapes. They selected their favorite and then posed for a photo with it, wide grins on their faces.
“They’re tickled to death (to get their own quilt),” Lynn Folsom said. “It’s fun to come down here.”
Maxey Principal Jerrie Sims’ granddaughter received one last year and still carries it around, calling it her “comfy cover” when riding in the car, Sims said.
The Folsoms have shared a love of making crafts for 40 years. They enjoy shopping for new and different patterns for the quilts and even frequent craft shops when they are traveling. When Nemours Children’s Hospital opened in Orlando in 2012, the couple donated about 30 quilts and pillowcases.
Sewing is a year-round hobby for the Folsoms.
Cathy Errion, another daughter, runs the science lab at Maxey Elementary, and she visited the pre-K classroom when her dad brought the quilts so she could watch the presentation.
“It is just a joy to see their smiles,” she said.
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Calel Watters-Short finds the quilt he wants.
Janiya Carpenter struggles to fold her quilt.
Pre-K teacher Tashara Canuelas helps Asiah Jenkins with her selection.