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20 Quilts

I don’t usually interrupt the news and images flowing in from Carding, Vermont but today I’m going to make an exception. I hope you’ll enjoy this.

In 2011, I started a project called the Parkinson’s Comfort Quilt Project to bring handmade quilts to people with Parkinson’s disease. I did this to honor my parents, both of whom died of complications of Parkinson’s.

Over five years, with the generous help of so many people in the quilting universe, we brought over 500 quilts to folks with Parkinson’s.

Life moved on as life does and that nonprofit is now closed. But I’ve maintained my relationship with the Parkinson’s Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center so that they have a supply of quilts to use as needed.

Earlier this year, I discovered that the Center has expanded its support to include folks with Huntington’s corea. They hosted the first conference in our area on October 26 and I donated twenty quilts to be given out at that time.

I made sure to take pictures of them all (photos are much easier to store than quilts, don’t you think?) and I’m taking a moment to share that effort with you.

Hope you enjoy. Here’s the role of 20 quilts.