Thursday, March 20, 2008
Support group makes quilt
By SUE WATSON
Ruth VanLandingham of the Cayce community is one of three members of The Jones Clinic Quirky Quilters support group. The three recently finished a king-sized quilt that will be auctioned by the Germantown Cancer Foundation to raise money for patient needs at The Jones Clinic. The clinic specializes in treatment of cancers and other diseases.
VanLandingham said the support group took on the project in the fall of 2006 with some starts and stops along the way.
“I was in the hospital for about two months in the fall of ’06 and the quilt was put on hold,” she said. “We each provided our own fabric and threads and did our piecework at home.”
Nancy Babin and Patricia Brashear are two others who stayed with the quilt to its conclusion, while a few women dropped out to do other things.
VanLandingham said the Quirky Quilters support group grew out of the Bosom Buddies, a group that meets monthly to talk about their feelings at The Jones Clinic.
She said the quilting project was good therapy at a time when she needed it.
“It was an inspiration to all of us to know we had a goal. One of the group is back in treatment,” VanLandingham said. “One of the girls dropped out after two blocks. She wanted to go back to doing things at her church.”
The Bosom Buddies support group means a lot to anyone who is going through treatment and to friends or family, she said. She meets people from near and far at the clinic.
“Nearly every time I go I meet someone new to the group,” she said. “Some of the people I already know. One of the girls who works at the clinic used to live up the road from me and there is one girl who used to work there who knew my daughter.
“It seems like they are all my family. It’s interesting to see how compassionate everyone is. I do think they have to be special people who work there.”
VanLandingham picked quilting back up in the early 1990s, she said. She’s made quilts for her children and grandchildren - five large bed sizes and three youth bed quilts.
She’s made three large and three youth sized quilts since she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Now she’s working on a quilt for herself.
The Quirky Quilters decided to donate the quilt to raise money for patient needs at The Jones Clinic. The fund is used to pay for things that Medicaid or insurance doesn’t pay for - certain physical therapies, for transportation or to buy wigs.
Ellen Eisen, therapist with The Jones Clinic, said the group decided to auction off the quilt.
“Our first step in this process is to put the quilt on display at each of our three clinics (Germantown, New Albany and Oxford),” she said. “Please encourage your friends to stop by and see it.”
The quilt is composed of a Jacob’s Ladder pattern and is 91.5 inches by 111.5 inches. It was quilted by machine. The pattern is made of all cotton fabrics.
A bid form can be obtained at any of the three clinics or bidders can supply their own information.
Bids open at $400. Should there be a tie at the end of the bidding period - July 3, 2008 - the tying bidders will be offered an opportunity to continue to bid until there is a highest bid.
Payment will be accepted in cash only and a tax-deductible receipt will be provided for tax purposes by the Germantown Cancer Foundation.
For more information about the quilt, contact Ellen Eisen, coordinator, Patient and Family Services, The Jones Clinic at 1-888-685-5966.
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