Piecing for Parkinson’s—A Community Service Opportunity for Guilds

This colorful quilt was made by Bob Johnson of Northfield, Vermont.
This colorful quilt was made by Bob Johnson of Northfield, Vermont.

Every quilt guild I’ve visited includes Community Service Quilting as part of their mission. In fact, some guilds are devoted exclusively to sewing together.

Ever since our founding in 2011, the Parkinson’s Comfort Project has hosted a community service sewing day in the Upper Valley region of Vermont and New Hampshire. It’s been so much fun—and serves such a good purpose—we’ve decided to take our “show” on the road.

A strippy quilt from Piecing for Parkinson’s by Sonja Hakala

Here’s how we can work with your guild.

The Parkinson’s Comfort Project has fabric and kits devoted to making lap quilts for people with Parkinson’s disease. (The smaller size is easier to handle for folks with this degenerative neurological disorder.)

If your guild provides the site and quilters, we’ll provide the fabric and patterns for a day of laughter (quilters love to laugh, don’t we?), friendship, sewing, and probably some chocolate. (I have never been to a quilters gathering that doesn’t have chocolate, have you?)

A quilted contribution by Marianne Kotch of Barre, Vermont
A quilted contribution by Marianne Kotch of Barre, Vermont

The goal of a Piecing for Parkinson’s day is making tops that will become lap quilts to be distributed by the Parkinson’s Comfort Project. Participants are welcome to bring tops home to quilt, if they wish. In addition, members are welcome to bring their own fabric and work on a project of their choosing. We’re always happy to accommodate.

This is an easy way for your guild to make a valuable contribution to making life a bit more comfortable for people on the Parkinson’s journey. If you are interested, please contact me via email at: Sonja@SonjaHakala.com

Author of the Carding, Vermont novels, quilt books, and book publishing guides.

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