Ten members of the Log Cabin Quilters' Guild recently brought 11 colorful quilts to the Elkins Dialysis Center.
They were greeted by Dr. Rebecca Schmidt, director of the center, and Nurse Practitioner Barbara Weaner. This was the 11th year the group has done this, so 11 quilts were very appropriate. The guild donates up to 15 quilts a year to the center, and this year's donation took place on May 16.
The Elkins Dialysis Center moved to its present building near Davis Memorial Hospital in 2002. Shortly thereafter, the Log Cabin Quilters started donating quilts for the center's kidney dialysis patients.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Melissa Toothman
Each year, members of the Log Cabin Quilters’ Guild donate handmade quilts to dialysis patients at the Elkins Dialysis Center. The guild members met with Dr. Rebecca Schmidt, clinic secretary Linda Coleman, family nurse practitioner Barbara Weaner and home therapies nurse Rose Williamson at the center to make the donation. Center employees and quilters with the guild, shown from left, are Joan Thompson, Diann Cashell, Guild President Kitty Long, Linda Rudy, Coleman, Loise See, Williamson, Patsy Turner, Kaila St. Louis, Weaner, Joan Jackson, who spearheaded the donation project, and Schmidt.
"The dialysis treatment room is kept cool for bacterial control," explained Weaner, "so the patients really appreciate the warmth of the quilts."
Staff members give out the quilts as needed. On one occasion, a longtime patient noticed that the newer patients were being offered quilts. He asked if he also could have one, even though he had two regular blankets of his own. He wanted to have someone care about him too, staff members said.
When one dialysis patient relocated to Florida, he took his quilt along. The staff and patients at his new dialysis center were astonished that people he had never met made him such a lovely quilt. Perhaps quilters in that area will be encouraged to start making quilts for their community's dialysis patients.
Quilts donated to the Dialysis Center are quilted by machine. Local long-arm quilters who donated their services are guild members Barbara Green and Patsy Turner, Katherine Wagner of Belington, Connie Phillips of Belington, June Bolyard of Harman, and Jill Bentley of Back Porch Quilters in Buckhannon.
The Log Cabin Quilters' Guild was organized in 1986 and has more than 50 members. Annual dues are $15. Guild meetings usually take place at 7 p.m. the first Thursday of the month at the Elkins Rehabilitation and Care Center on the Beverly Five-lane. Visitors are welcome.
The purpose of the guild is to learn new quilting techniques, to make quilts for members' own use and to make quilts to give comfort to members of the community. Additional goals are to form friendships and have fun!
Besides the Dialysis Center, quilts are donated to the ERCC and other care facilities, Women's Aid in Crisis, Randolph County Homeless Shelter, the Ronald McDonald House, police and fire facilities, hospice care organizations, the Cancer Care Center, Youth Health Services and West Virginia Children's Home.
The guild has donated patriotic-themed quilts to Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C., under the Quilts of Valor program.
Presently, the guild makes quilts for the families of West Virginia soldiers who give the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty through the Home of the Brave.
Additional information is available by contacting Guild President Kitty Lee at 304-636-8619.
- Article submitted by Linda Johnson Rudy, guild member.