Volunteer Martha Rutter created designs on paper that children could select from, and they used crayons to color in the images. Volunteer Laurie MacFarland used a hot iron to transfer the colored images to fabric quilting squares. The children created enough squares to make three large crib quilts. Martha, Laurie, and Marci Williams then sewed and quilted the squares together and added colorful stripes and backing. Some of the children signed their squares which were then stitched onto the quilts. The photograph above shows the three quilts which were on display during the Christmas Stroll in December. The quilts were presented to the hospital in January 2015, as a gift to the newest and youngest from the Bellamy Mansion.
The Bellamy Mansion will present the tree annually to the hospital as a way to cheer up patients, staff, and those visiting patients. Volunteers Marcia Bruder and Wade Toth spent one December morning setting up the tree and adding lights and the handmade ornaments. Many compliments were received from hospital staff and visitors. The Bellamy Volunteer Committee and hospital administrator, Barbara Buechler, made this partnership possible.
During each of the children’s events at the Mansion this year, children will have an opportunity to again make additional ornaments. On June 7, at our Environmental Day event, children will be making tree ornaments from items found in nature such as sea shells and pine cones.