The Generosity of Quilters

The Parkinson’s Comfort Project</a> attends conferences every year to talk about what we do and to distribute quilts. On Monday, we’ll be at the Grappone Center in Concord, NH at a conference put together by Diane Church of the Parkinson’s Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

I have four totes full of the most gorgeous quilts to give away to people on a Parkinson’s journey. I know they will bring smiles to the faces of those who bring them home.

Within the quilting community, the generosity of those who love to play with fabric is well known. Every guild I know of has a community service committee that makes and gives┬áthese magical gifts to those in need. And many guilds and individual quilters adopt programs such as the Parkinson’s Comfort Project</a> or Quilts of Valor as recipients of their creations.

But too many people outside the quilting community are unaware of this giving. So I wanted to take this space to give you just a wee sample of the 34 quilts that will find new homes on Monday. The first one was made by Sarah Monego of Thetford, Vermont. The second is by Ellie Leach of Wells River, Vermont. And the third is by Nancy Graham of Newport, NH.

And the turquoise and yellow creation wrapped around the shoulders of a recipient at the spring Parkinson’s conference was made by Joanne Shapp of Pomfret, Vermont.

My heart just overflows with gratitude.

Sonja

2014-073- Sarah Monego 2 for web
Sarah Monego
2014-081- Ellie Leach 2 for web
Ellie Leach
2014-072- Nancy Graham 2 for web
Nancy Graham
Olivia in Joanne Shapp's quilt for web
Olivia in Joanne Shapp’s quilt