I have just visited an old acquaintance who is in hospice, on palliative care and came home thinking how "beige" the room was. I decided that next time I visit I will take one of my colourful quilts in to brighten up the room and give some sense of "individual". It has just occurred to me that this may be the perfect outlet for my quilt making.........I think it would be lovely to donate lap quilts to terminally ill patients in my local Nursing Homes. What do you think? Does anyone else gift quilts regularly?
Littledragon,I think it's a wonderful idea and very kind of you to donate your quilts to hospitals. I'm not a quilter,I made and donated cat cage comforters to a local animal shelter.
Each year a local region high school
gives hundreds of quilts to various local organizations and groups.There was a good mix of girls and boys in the classes with the boys surprising everyone with their work. Two guild volunteers were required for each course for a proposed 8 hours of classroom instruction. Although a few classes required more time, this proved to be a reasonable expectation in spite of some schools having a one-hour class and others having a two-hour class.
Learning outcomes were set as: able to sew a quarter inch seam, able to complete quilt within class time, basic understanding of importance of colour value, basic understanding of layout designs, and basic understanding of labelling. We also gave two small trunk shows: one at the beginning to whet their appetites and one at the end to inspire them to greater things.
A display of these quilts, with pictures of the process, was given a place of honour during our Flirty Thirties Quilt and Fibre Art Show in 2012.
The program was such a success that it has continued every year since. To date, several hundred preemie quilts,made by local high school students, have been donated to the area General Hospital.
I wish all high schools would teach sewing and quilting ! Several B.C.quilters’ guild groups
donate quilts to charity too.If someone doesn’t have a local area hospital to donate quilts to,this
article is inspiring.Senior puts her sewing skills to good use.A 99-year-old Salt Spring Island,B.C. resident donates 250 handmade quilts to UBC Midwifery Program for Ugandan babies.