Calvert group gives 36 handmade quilts to hospice


Calvert Hospice medical technician Brooke Clow presents a football-themed quilt to resident Mary Airey, a Baltimore Ravens fan. The Calvert County Quilt Guild donated 36 quilts to the hospice, each one unique and handmade. (Darwin Weigel/Calvert Recorder)
February 7, 2013

After a year of planning, picking out fabric and sewing 36 quilts, volunteers provided patients of Calvert Hospice with lap quilts of their own last week.

Betty Tilley, president of the Quilt Guild of Calvert County, and member Janet Gean gave the handmade lap quilts to Burnett-Calvert Hospice House staff members to present to patients.

“It’s just unbelievable,” Mary Airey, a Hospice House resident, said about the football-themed quilt she picked out. “And, it’s just so beautiful.”

Airey, originally of Fallston, said she picked out the football quilt because she’s a lifelong Baltimore Ravens fan. “I get so carried away; they’ll have to tranquilize me,” she said, looking ahead to Sunday’s Super Bowl game between the Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers. “I love me some Ravens.”

Tilley, of Owings, said the guild consists of more than 60 county residents who spend a year making quilts to be donated. Last year, the guild gave quilts to the infusion center at Calvert Memorial Hospital, Tilley said.

Calvert Hospice provides care for the terminally ill and counseling for the bereaved in the county.

“It’s personal for me,” Tilley said of hospice care.

She said a hospice nurse took care of her mother, who had ovarian cancer.

“They do so much . . . and help people get through,” she said. “It’s really great that we have this in Calvert.”

Gean said that although this wasn’t personal for her like it is for Tilley, she wants to support hospice in the county.

“I just love that this county has this place,” she said. “When something like that happens, [family and loved ones] don’t know what to do.”

Calvert Hospice Executive Director Brenda Laughhunn said the quilts represent someone feeling loved “and that’s what we do here at hospice.”

Laughhunn said the handmade quilts make the Hospice House, in Prince Frederick, “feel like home” for patients living there. “They get so excited when we can give them something homemade.”

She said the quilts are another display of love “that comes in many forms” around the Hospice House.

Linda Gottfried, director of development for Calvert Hospice, said the quilts are also important for families of patients who received them.

“It’s something tangible for these families to hold onto,” Gottfried said. “They’re really going to become heirlooms for these families, and if you think about it, it’s really quite touching.”

Laughhunn said it was “so kind” of the Quilt Guild to do this.

“It makes [the patients] feel so special.”

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