PALM COAST, Florida (June 17, 2016) — If you visit the DAV headquarters on Tuesday mornings and think you hear lots of buzz, your ears aren’t deceiving you. Members of Auxiliary Unit 86 are putting their sewing skills to work, fashioning lap quilts for disabled veterans.
DAVA 86’s quilting initiative came about during a visit to Lassen VA Nursing Home in St. Augustine when auxiliary member Nongual (“No”) Dollar spied a blanket on a veteran’s lap and asked about it. According to No, “He was so proud of and pleased with his lap blanket that I got to thinking…I could make that!” Another DAVA member, Irene Tilghman, who was also on the tour of the Nursing Home, went home, rummaged through some materials, and promptly made a demonstration lap robe. And like most of our DAVA initiatives, after a discussion and a tweak here and there…voilá, a committee of eager quilters was born.
Led by Jr. Vice Commander Alice Wilson and Auxiliary member Irene Tilghman who displayed her demonstration lap robe during the meeting discussion, auxiliary members spent their first Tuesday meeting ironing donated material, cutting quilting squares, and planning patterns for the quilts. With assistance from a professional quilter and DAV member Tina Chavez, daughter of DAV member Marty Feidler who also is lending assistance, the auxiliary members have a big order to fill — 20 lap quilts for distribution for the end of year holidays.
“They’re up to the task,” commented Auxiliary Commander Claudia Parker. “Many of the quilters are already in the “accomplished” quilter category and ready to teach their skills, others are really eager to learn quilting techniques, and all are willing to work hard. Besides, the camaraderie during the sessions is top-notch.”
Thanks to all those who donated materials for the lap quilts. Special thanks to Kelly Wise, Manager at Sew & Quilt shop in Palm Coast for their generous donations. And eternal thanks to all those who are donating their time and efforts to comfort the veterans at Lassen VA Nursing Home.
Keep updated on our project via this website where we’ll also display photos of the “unveiling” of the auxiliary’s creations.