PALM COAST, Florida (July 29, 2016) — The response to DAV Auxiliary Unit # 86’s quilting project has been overwhelming, in terms of both yard goods donations and womanpower. Local sewing centers and friends of Auxiliary members provided a wealth of cotton material for our use, and each piece is being put to good use. And the project volunteers are not only teaching, honing or acquiring new skills, but also diligently pursuing their tasks.
On the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, from 10 AM until noon, a group of experienced and “becoming experienced” quilters gather in DAV 86’s conference room to work—and many then take their work home with them to either finish the portion of the job they were working on for the day, or to completely finish the lap robe! One experienced quilter and guest who was visiting for the day was so impressed with the work being accomplished that she asked to take her project home with her to Pennsylvania to complete and send back to the Auxiliary. We gladly complied.
At present, the quilting group consists of the following: Irene Tilghman and Alice Wilson, co-coordinators, and Auxiliary members Vera Belanich, Nongnual “No” Dollar, Soroya Farrah, Rose Howell, Dawn Vello and Ginny Woods. “But we aren’t the only ones working hard,” commented Junior Vice Commander Alice Wilson. “We couldn’t have made such great progress without the help of two very special DAV 86 veterans who are lending their assistance, expertise and sewing machines to our group—Tina Chaves and Marty Feidler. They have been invaluable.”
Each quilted lap robe is being made with 100% cotton material, patterned in coordinating colors on one side, and with red, white and blue patriotic colors and patterns on the opposite side. Below are a few of the already completed lap robes.
“At first I thought we would be able to sew enough lap robes for one section of clients at Lassen VA Nursing Home,” said Irene Tilghman. “But I really underestimated our capabilities and our group’s passion for this work. We’ll complete at least double our original goal of 20 lap robes by the end-of-year holidays. We just can’t wait to display them for all our members to see before presenting them to the Veterans Home!”
Check back on this website for continuing updates on our progress.