Guild Donates Quilts to Celebrate National Quilting Day
Posted Date: 3/29/2013
The West Georgia Quilters Guild donated two beautiful, handcrafted quilts for babies born at Tanner Health System in celebration of National Quilt Day, Saturday, March 16.
Cindy Hillard stitched a quilt with an alphabet design that was presented to Christopher Ison, son of Christopher Ison and Jessica Hemmings-Ison of Carrollton, born at the W. Steve Worthy Maternity Center at Tanner Medical Center/Carrollton.
“It was so special for us to receive a beautiful quilt that someone took the time to make by hand,” said Hemmings-Ison. “We were surprised to receive such a wonderful gift from the West Georgia Quilters Guild, and it will always remind us of the day Christopher was born.”
A second quilt with brightly colored animals hand crafted by Edmae Bialka was presented to Christopher Thompson, son of Justin and Katie Thompson of Douglasville, who was born at the Maternity Center at Tanner Medical Center/Villa Rica.
“We are so grateful to the West Georgia Quilters Guild for giving so much of their time and talent to the community,” said Kathy Mathis, director of Tanner Medical Foundation. “These beautiful quilts will be treasured by the families who received them, and are a remarkable way to welcome the newest members of our community.”
Sponsored by the National Quilting Association (NQA) since 1991, National Quilting Day is an opportunity to recognize the tradition of providing neighbors with comfort and warmth in the form of a carefully stitched quilt. The theme for the 2013 National Quilting Day and the 44th annual NQA Quilt Show in June is “Celebrate America.”
Individuals, groups and quilt organizations known as quilt guilds are encouraged by NQA to share their quilts and patterns with others. Quilters across the country plan service projects, such as working on a quilt for a favorite cause and donating quilts to local organizations.
The West Georgia Quilters Guild was founded in 1987 by a small group of local quilters and has grown to nearly 60 members. The guild is dedicated to promoting the art and tradition of quilting through personal exchange, educational programs and community service. Recent guild service projects include crafting quilts for hurricane victims and people served by the Carrollton Women’s Center, as well as demonstrating quilting techniques to students.
The West Georgia Quilt Guild meets on the third Tuesday of each month at the Carrollton Senior Adult Center. More information can be found on their Web site at www.westgaquiltguild.com. If you would like to make a donation to Tanner Medical Foundation, please call 770.812.GIFT (770.812.4438) or visit www.TannerMedicalFoundation.org.