Quilts of Kindness for Hospice Quinte

(L-R) Hospice Quinte Executive Director, Jennifer May-Anderson; Terri Morris; Shelby MacPherson; and Darlene Crellin

Thanks to the kindness of donors and three highly skilled volunteers, the resident beds at Hospice’s Quinte’s new Stan Klemencic Care Centre will be adorned by beautiful, warm and comfy, custom-made quilts. Hospice Quinte volunteer and owner/operator of County Bus Service, Shelby MacPherson, spearheaded the ‘Quilts of Kindness’ project with help from fellow quilters Terri Morris and ‘Fun with Stitches’ co-owner, Darlene Crellin.

“Sewing one quilt from start to finish takes roughly 70 hours per quilt, while hand binding, which is the last step, takes approximately 5 hours to complete,” says MacPherson. “It’s been a labour of love for our team and worth every bit of the effort knowing that these quilts will comfort people in need during their final stage of life.”

“While the hard cost of each quilt donated was approximately $700, the time and talent invested in making these one-of-a-kind bedspreads makes them priceless,” says Hospice Quinte Executive Director, Jennifer May-Anderson. “We are very grateful to Shelby, her team of volunteers and all who donated to this caring, compassionate and time-consuming project.”

MacPherson and her team began the project by seeking out local sponsors to cover the hard costs (approximately $6,300) to create nine quilts. Donors to the project include County Bus Service staff, Franklin Coach Lines, Richmond School Coach, Beaudrie Bus Lines and company owners Randy and Lisa Beaudrie, Dave and Colleen DeMille, Free Flow Petroleum, the Family of Betty DeMille and Robert & Shelby MacPherson.

The quilts were designed based on the traditional ‘Log Cabin’ pattern which represents life itself.

“We hope when family members learn about this special pattern and how it represents life, it will conjure happy memories and start conversations that can otherwise be challenging during a difficult time,” adds MacPherson.

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