I have come to the conclusion that quilters are about the greatest people on the planet. Don’t you think? Often times, when you hear of trying things happening to people, you soon hear of quilters gathering together to see what they can do to help. Whether it’s a tragedy on the other side of the world, or a hospital neonatal unit needing small quilts for tiny babies, or cancer patients needing something to keep them warm during their treatments, there are quilters hard at work behind the scenes.
So, can I say again, that I think quilters are about the greatest people on the planet?
In the May/June issue of Quiltmaker, I was able to spotlight two amazing groups of quilters. The James Stitching Sisters is a group of volunteers devoted to bringing cheer and comfort to breast cancer patients, as well as thoracic cancer patients and children receiving chemotherapy. Formed in 2004, these quilters have donated 3,350 lap quilts and tote bags to patients receiving care. Their “home base” is in a donated office space, which they have filled with fabric, sewing and long arm machines, and many, many volunteers. To see how you can help, visit stitchingsisters.org.
Quilts 4 Cancer was started in Pahrump, Nevada by Jim and Barb Johnston, whose mission is to provide quilts and comfort to cancer patients. Through contacting friends and quilters around the country and holding quilt workdays in their community, Quilts 4 Cancer has been able to donate thousands of quilts. They welcome any quilts, quilting supplies or donations. To learn more visit quilts4cancer.org.
So, if you are looking for a quilty cause, go check these groups out. Or, if you are already involved in a great cause, leave us a message and tell us all about it! We would love to hear!