GLOVERSVILLE — Nathan Littauer Hospital & Nursing Home is celebrating National Quilting Day two ways last week. First, a family received a quilt from a local quilting organization. Second, four newly-made lap quilts will be distributed to the organization’s nursing home.
“Quilting holds a special place in our hearts at Littauer,” said Cheryl McGrattan, Littauer vice president of marketing and communications. “Not only is our organization a part of the quilt trail but many of our employees are quilters. For years now, we also have been able to show our patients and residents care with the gift of donated new quilts.”
Locally, the “Sew Busy” quilt guild in Gloversville celebrates this holiday by giving the family of the first baby born on National Quilting Day at Nathan Littauer Hospital’s Birthing Center a handmade quilt.
Littauer Physical Therapist, Maria Gardiner, is a longtime member of the “Sew Busy” quilt guild in Gloversville! She works closely with Littauer’s Birthing Center staff to give the quilt to the parents, so they can go home with a special gift — in addition to their newest family member.
“We’ve been doing this for a number of years,” says Gardiner. “It brings our sewing group excitement and joy for the family. We’re happy to do it.”
Saturday, March 20, mother and father; Raymond Williams, and Kayla St. Pierre; gave birth to little baby boy Spencer Williams. Weighing in at 7 pounds and 12 ounces, Spencer was the first baby born on National Quilting Day.
“It was so nice of the guild to do something like this,” said Williams. “It is an amazing gesture, and it was incredibly awesome to see our community members work together to make something like this happen.”
“It has been an overwhelmingly positive experience here,” St. Pierre said. “Everyone has been great, and to receive this parting gift was the icing on the cake. A huge thank you goes out to Nathan Littauer and the ‘Sew Busy’ Quilt Guild.”
Quilts are a popular commodity at Nathan Littauer Hospital. In addition to the Gloversville “Sew Busy” Quilt Guild’s contributions, an anonymous quilt-maker has crafted 116 quilts over the past few years; each one for the families at Littauer’s Birthing Center. She continues to make them voluntarily. The benefactor is now making lap quilts for the nursing home residents.
“This wonderful benefactor and quilt-maker has sewn many quilts for our new families,” said McGrattan. “Each one of her quilts is made with love, and makes a great, lasting gift for new moms and dads. Her kind gesture, volunteer work, and compassionate quilts are very much appreciated at Littauer.”