Quilts can be used for many purposes. They can be used for warmth on a chilly evening or as a decorative wall hanging. Quilts can also be used for telling stories. They are a form of personal history; a heritage of the creator and its recipient.
Arbor Hospice has a wonderful and historic collection of quilts that have been handcrafted by volunteers, many of which have been made in honor of loved ones. In honor of National Quilting Day on March 17, I want to share some touching stories about the beautiful Arbor Hospice quilts.
The Quintessential Quilters are long-time supporters of Arbor Hospice. This quilting group from Dexter has made several quilts in honor of friends who have died. When a friend of the group, Beth, passed away, they created a beautiful quilt called, “A Garden of Hope” and donated it to The Residence of Arbor Hospice. Beth’s husband heard about the quilt donation and contacted The Arbor Hospice Foundation. He made a donation in memory of his wife in exchange for the quilt. He said, “I will use it on the bed that Beth and I shared every day since we got married. It will keep me warm and keep her close to me.”
When Elizabeth was a resident at The Residence of Arbor Hospice in 2002, her granddaughter Kristine created a quilt for her. Elizabeth loved cats and the cat-themed quilt hung proudly on the wall while she was a patient. After Elizabeth passed, the quilt was moved to the administrative offices. This quilt brightens up the days of the office staff and reminds us of the love that Elizabeth shared with her granddaughter.
The quilts of Arbor Hospice provide a history of The Residence, its residents, volunteers and supporters. They provide us with warm, happy memories of loved ones lost. On behalf of Arbor Hospice, I want to thank those who have contributed to the creation of the quilts. We will continue this tradition and honor our loved ones through this beautiful craft.