Often we hear of quilting groups or charities in need of donated quilts for their special cause. We know that our donated quilts will go to people in need, but often we don’t get to hear all the details. But today we’re excited because we get to report on the success of Knight’s Quilt Shop, the focus of our “Quilty Causes” article in the Sept/Oct. ’11 (No. 141) issue of Quiltmaker.
Michelle Knight, owner of Knight’s Quilt Shop in Cape Neddick, Maine (mainequiltshop.com) and her staff collect quilts for the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine (mmc.org).
Every year they collect quilts from local quilters, as well as quilters from all over the world who have visited their shop and heard about this great cause. Michelle and her staff visit the hospital every December, loaded down with quilts and toys for the children.
Recently we received an email from Michelle, giving us an update:
“We had 116 quilts for the Barbara Bush hospital when your article came out in Quiltmaker in October. My staff and I were so shocked to start getting quilts from all over the United States, 25 in one day! We ended up receiving, in just a little over a month, 138 quilts, thanks to your article.
On December 6, 2011 we delivered 254 quilts to the Barbara Bush pediatric intensive care unit!!! The nurses and doctors were ecstatic to say the least. We received a hand-written card by Barbara Bush, thanking everyone.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.”
Of course, when we read this email from Michelle we were touched and grateful and thrilled! But we were not surprised. When quilters are called, quilters deliver. Every time. What a great community we all belong to!! Thanks to everyone!!
If you would like to contribute to this awesome cause, send your quilts to:
Knight’s Quilt Shop, 1901 US Route One, Cape Neddick, ME 03902. The approximate quilt sizes needed are infants (22″ x 36″), toddlers (36″ x 44″) and teens (44″ x 56″). For more information visit mainequiltshop.com or call 207-361-2500.