ELKINS - Members of the Log Cabin Quilters' Guild use their skills at piecing together lap quilts as gifts to help them through different situations. This week, the group took 10 quilts to the Elkins Dialysis Center for patients who are receiving dialysis.
Log Cabin Quilters' Guild member Joan Jackson said the group has made and donated these warm quilts for more than 10 years. The guild members construct the tops, and they are quilted by Log Cabin Quilters' Guild members and long arm quilters, each donating their time to complete the gifts.
The lap quilts are used by dialysis patients to help make their treatments more comfortable.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Beth Christian Broschart
Log Cabin Quilters’ Guild members donate lap quilts to the Elkins Dialysis Center this week. Pictured are Joy Selders, Linda Coleman of the Elkins Dialysis Center, Alberta Higgins, Joan Jackson, Fran Kordek, Diann Cashell, Mary Utt and Hellen Stutler.
Linda Coleman, who works at the Elkins Dialysis Center, said dialysis patients are grateful for the lap quilts.
"Patients are very appreciative to receive these, especially during their first day of dialysis," Coleman said. "Patients are very apprehensive and it helps calm their fears to be greeted with the gift of a quilt. Many of the patients send 'thank you' notes for the quilts."
Jackson said the quilts contain many different colors and patterns.
"We are careful to make some that are more appropriate for the male patients receiving treatment," Jackson said.
The Log Cabin Quilters' Guild members make and donate many lap quilts and luvies. The group also sponsors a Quilt Show during the Mountain State Forest Festival. The group meets at the Elkins Rehabilitation & Care Center at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month. The group is welcoming to quilters of all skill levels.
Questions about the Log Cabin Quilters' Guild may be addressed to Jackson by calling 304-637-9543.