The Gift of a Magical Day

Maureen Nevers at the Piecing for Parkinson's event
Maureen Nevers at the Piecing for Parkinson’s event

Most of the time, most of us go through our days without stopping to be grateful.

But then—once in a while—you receive the gift of a magical day, one that you know makes life worthwhile.

I had that experience on Saturday at our first annual Piecing for Parkinson’s day.

I founded the Parkinson’s Comfort Project in honor of my Mom and Dad at the end of 2010, the year my Mom died of complications of Parkinson’s disease. The last quilt I made for her was smallish—quilters call them lap quilts—because the bed quilts I’d made for her had become too heavy for her to manage.

After Mom died, I looked around for an organization that would take  quilts I made in her memory and distribute them to folks with Parkinson’s disease.

Well, no such organization existed. So I had to start one.

The Parkinson’s Comfort Project is now growing into a full-blown nonprofit that provides comfort in all sorts of way to people with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers.

One of the other members of our board, Annette Houston, is a quilter as well. We had been talking about putting together a day of quilting for Parkinson’s. But the woman pictured here, Maureen, is the one who got it jump started.

Maureen lost her Mom to a rare form of Parkinson’s disease last year, and like me, was looking for a way to give support to those similarly afflicted. She heard about the Parkinson’s Comfort Project, and emailed me to ask: Do you ever have sewing days to make quilts? If you do, I’d love to be involved.

So Annette and I got to work, and the result was a magical day with a lot of stories brought to us by the people who came to help. I’ll be telling them all week long, right here.