Covered in Love


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So I guess I'm starting a quilting charity, and I haven't the slightest idea how to do that, so everyone please bear with me!  In my day job, when I'm not quilting, I work as an RN at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler, Tx.  I work on a Med-Surg floor where I see a lot of people nearing the end of their lives.  Heart failure, COPD, Renal disease, the kinds of things that people live with for years and years before they really start to die from them.  It's rough, for the patients, families, and nurses.

There are not very many good decisions to make near the end of life, mostly just difficult ones.  Unfortunately, while modern medicine can often make people live longer, it often cannot make them better.  When a family and/or patient makes the difficult decision to stop treating a disease aggressively and place things in God's hands, we do our best to get them moved to hospice.  Tyler has a lovely hospice facility which I happen to know several area groups provide quilts to.


However, sometimes the decision is made too late or the disease progresses too quickly and someone spends their last hours or days in our hospital.  As nurses we do our best for these families. We get them in a private room.  Steal chairs from the lobby so everyone has a place to sit.  Give them the code to the coffee room.  Still, it seems so inadequate to the situation.  Honestly, everything is inadequate to that situation, but as a quilter my first impulse when I see a need is to fill it with a quilt.

So, I'm asking you, blog world quilters at large, to please help.  I want to build a stash of quilts for our hospital so that when a person is dying as an inpatient their nurse or the hospital chaplains can deliver them a quilt.  Placing a quilt on the hospital bed would warm up the room and it would later be taken home by the family as a memento and transitional object.

Quilts need to be at least 45"x60", so they can be used by the families as throw quilts after they are home.  These will almost all, if not all, be given to adults so please keep that in mind when choosing fabrics.  Quilts needs to be machine wash/dry safe!  Hospitals are NOT clean places so at the very least the quilts will need to be washed once when they are taken home.

The first set of quilts were delivered on April 1, 2015.  For more posts about the project and why we do what we do you can read here and here.

I posted a long update as of Sept 2016 here.

Total quilts delivered: 155
Please email CoveredinLoveTx@gmail.com or comment if you have any questions or if you would like my address to ship a quilt/top/blocks and THANK YOU in advance!

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8 comments:

  1. I have been in various circumstances where it has been the nurses who have been Angels on earth for me. I would like to contribute by making a quilt for you. Bless your heart for what you are doing to comfort both patients and families. Please send your address to me at kthom300@yahoo.com.

    Kathy T. in Tampa

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  2. The patients and their families at ETMC will have their final days changed forever because of you and your charity.
    Anyone can sit in a classroom, endure clinicals, and study hard enough to pass their boards. But it takes heart & commitment to truly be an RN... nurses like you are the ones that really do make the difference!

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  3. Kat, I have four blocks ready to send for the October's block but I misplaced the address you sent me previously. My emails is: jmshelley1@yahoo.com. Thanks for all your hard work making these quilts.

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  4. Kat, I host a charity quilting challenge each year called Hands2Help (on my blog, Confessions of a Fabric Addict.) Someone suggested your charity as one of our featured charities for 2016, and I'd love to discuss it with you! Please email me at salliesue57 (at) gmail (dot) com as soon as possible - I'm preparing for this year's challenge right now!

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  5. Kat, So wonderful of you to find this need and fill it. I am still healing after extended illness and 2 month hospital stay, and learning to quilt again. You can bet I will be making a donation quilt for you.

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  6. I can't send a quilt, but I can send blocks. Please email me your address. anudge at gmail dot com Bless you,

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  7. Just found your site thanks to a friend. I'm looking forward to helping you with monthly blocks when I can. Blessings to you and the comfort you provide the families by distributing these quilts of love.

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  8. HI Kat,
    I live in Austin and would love to join the block group. Please let me know how. My email is mmjte1990@gmail.com. P.S. I referred my mother-in-law, Polly Eriksen to your charity. I understand she has contacted you and is very excited to be a volunteer. Thanks, Julia E.

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