Members of the Quilt Lover’s Guild of Decatur donated more than 400 hand-sewn quilted placemats to The Partnership’s Meals on Wheels & More and Senior Companion clients in an effort to bring recognition to local programs that serve those in need. Quilters Ivy Veinot, Dianna Smith and Mary Harris delivered the placemats to The Partnership’s Decatur Office on Central Parkway.
Quilter Ivy Veinot said that the Quilter’s Guild had a goal of 325 placemats, roughly the number of Meals on Wheels & More clients served each day by the program. Ms. Veinot pointed out that each placemat was hand-stitched and, if combined, the placemats would equal 15 queen-size quilts.
Donations of fabric were received from all across the Tennessee Valley for the project that began last December. Quilters from multiple guilds throughout the region contributed their efforts. Of those who donated their talents, Cathy Owen and Teresa Harrison were two “instrumental people” that Ms. Veinot said were invaluable to the success of the quilting project.
Partnership Chief Executive Officer Michael Tubbs was on hand to receive the Guild’s donation and said, “A homemade quilt becomes a treasure. I remember my grandmother made a double wedding ring quilt for my wife and me when we got married and it is on the bed today.”
Drivers for Meals on Wheels & More will deliver the placemats to their clients when they deliver their meals. Senior Companions, who serve their clients up to four hours per day up to three days a week, will have the opportunity to talk about the placemats with their clients. Ms. Veinot said she hopes that when the quilted placemats are delivered that someone is able to write down the recipients’ reactions. CEO Michael Tubbs replied, “They’ll be placed where they will be appreciated. Any gift is special. A homemade gift is really special, a legacy. So, thanks.”
Quilter Dianne Smith said, “We quilt a lot for ourselves, but we also like to make things for someone in particular. This makes (the quilts) a little bit more special. We know how thrilled they will be when they get these. These are good programs so we’re glad to help.”