Quilters Bring Comfort, Creativity to Pediatric Patients

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Mad City Quilting Guild volunteers work with patients at American Family Children's HospitalMADISON - Someone once said, “Sewing mends the soul.” For the past several years, a core group of dedicated quilters from the Mad City Quilting Guild have been sharing their talents and introducing the art of sewing to young minds and hands.
 
Their visits are twice a month and the fabric to create pieces is donated. Through their volunteer efforts, many pieces of art have been created by patients.
 
According to Debra Cole, the most enjoyable moments for patients are "running the machines, choosing fabrics, and pressing on the foot peddle." While the most popular requests are pillows and drawstring bags, guild members take special requests.
 
Guild member Kristin Gumbinger recalls making an IV protector for a patient who was connected to an intravenous line. Not only did the final piece bring the patient comfort, but it was made with her innovation and creativity.
 
"The amazing feature of this program is its adaptability to the hospital environment," says Debra. "We observe children becoming engaged in the project and find a sense of control and mastery—something that is in short supply while they are hospitalized."

Date Published: 08/12/2008


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