Hello! Happy Tuesday!
In every issue of Quiltmaker we spotlight quilters who want to make a difference in their communities. In the Sept/Oct ’11 issue, I had the pleasure of getting to know Michelle Knight, owner of Knight’s Quilt Shop in Cape Neddick, Maine.
Michelle and her staff learned about the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital Pediatric Intensive Care Unit when two nurses came into Knight’s Quilt Shop to purchase fabric for a wall hanging for the hospital. They expressed a desire to make quilts for all of the children, but it was nearly impossible because over 400 children, from newborns to 18 years old, enter the hospital every year.
Michelle immediately volunteered her shop as a sponsor and and started spreading the word and making brochures to hand out. Quilters from far and wide answered the call and started making quilts for this great cause. Because Knight’s is located in a tourist area, many national and international quilters visit and take a brochure–often sending back a quilt for the hospital.
Since February 2006, when Knight’s became the only sponsor for the hospital, they have collected over 500 quilts. Their dream is to collect enough quilts for all of the children who enter the hospital. Every December, Michelle and her staff visit the hospital, loaded with quilts and toys, all thanks to the quilters who have joined in to give their time, energy and quilts for the children.
Thanks Michelle, and all your staff, for volunteering for such a great quilty cause! If you would like to help, visit Knight’s Quilt Shop for more information.
Do you have a favorite quilty cause? Please leave us a comment and tell us all about it!