The Parkinson’s Comfort Project distributes handmade lap quilts to people with Parkinson’s disease. Started by Northern Lights Quilt Guild member Sonja Hakala in honor of her parents, both of whom had Parkinson’s, the comfort quilts are lap sized quilts in the following two sizes: 36 to 40 inches wide by 60 to 70 inches long or approximately 48 inches square.
Quilts this size are large enough to provide warmth and comfort without being too heavy.
Over the years that we’ve distributed quilts, we’ve discovered that medium quilting works best so that the quilts can be washed and dried but remain snuggly. We’ve also discovered that flannel backings work great because of the snuggly factor and when they are placed on a lap or over someone’s shoulders, they stay put.
If you’re attending a Northern Lights Quilt Guild meeting, you can donate the quilt directly to Sonja (who’s usually there) or they can be sent to the Parkinson’s Comfort Project, 441 Pomfret Road, West Hartford, Vermont 05084.
All Parkinson’s Comfort quilts are distributed directly by us to people with Parkinson’s disease. If you know of someone who could use a quilt, please contact the Parkinson’s Comfort Project at: [email protected]
You can find out more about the Parkinson’s Comfort Project as well as view currently available quilts at: http://parkinsonscomfort.org
Sonja’s interview with Nancy! http://video.wpt.org/video/2365385145/