Wednesday, April 04, 2012
National Quilting Day Baby
In recognition of National Quilting Day, Saturday, March 17, the Chenango Piecemakers Quilt Guild celebrated by presenting a special quilt to the first baby born that day at Chenango Memorial Hospital. The guild does this every year.
This year, their quilt was presented to Maranda, daughter of Andrea and Mark, residents of Sherburne. Maranda was born on Saturday, March 17 and weighed in at 6 pounds, fifteen ounces and 19 1/2 inches long. Nancy Carney, representing the guild, extended the group’s warm wishes as she presented this colorful quilt, which was made especially for the National Quilting Day baby.
Each year’s quilt has a special theme and name. This year, the quilt is called simply “Pinwheels,” as there is a repeated block resembling a pinwheel. The parents were delighted with the quilt.
A small group of women who enjoy quilting began the guild in 1986. Currently, there are 66 members. The Piecemakers have a very strong sense of community and use their love of quilting to not only promote the art, but also as a commitment to serve through projects such as this. They are among the generous community members who make and donate quilts to many newborns born at Chenango Memorial and other patients and residents.
The tradition of the “First Baby” quilt began several years ago as a significant way to observe National Quilting Day by involving the community. A special label is affixed to the back of the quilt with a notation regarding the celebration of National Quilting Day.
The Chenango Piecemakers meet the second Thursday of the month at 6:30pm at the United Church of Christ, 11 West Main Street in Norwich. Anyone interested in joining the guild or in learning more about what they do is welcome.
UHS is a locally owned, not-for-profit, 916-bed hospital and health care system serving the Greater Binghamton region. Founded in 1981, UHS provides a full range of medical, surgical, rehabilitative and long-term care services from more than 40 locations around New York’s Southern Tier. The organization consists of UHS Wilson Medical Center, UHS Binghamton General Hospital, UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital, UHS Delaware Valley Hospital, UHS Senior Living at Ideal and UHS Home Care, and is affiliated with the UHS Medical Group and the UHS Foundation.