From left: Loose Threads Quilting Club members Carol Franson, Katherin Rothlisberger, Pearl Lavallee and Lynda Truhn pose with Aspen House Manager Donna Phinney, resident Julia and the 30 quilts the club made for Aspen Villa residents. – Stephen Dafoe Photo
by Stephen Dafoe
Aspen Villa residents with Alzheimer’s and dementia will benefit from a donation of 30 quilts made over the past year by members of the Loose Threads Quilting Club.
Each of the quilts mixes a variety of colours, materials and textures, which will aid Aspen Villa residents. “This is an absolutely wonderful donation for these residents to have the memory of the quilting and to have the memories of the different patterns, things that they can recall for their long-term memory,” said Aspen Villa employee Patti Jautz-Kelloway. “The texture is big on sensory for those that are cognitively impaired or who have different forms of dementia. It very much plays on sensory stimulation for residents with dementia.”
Loose Threads member Lynda Truhn said the members began working on the quilts after Christmas last year and just completed the project recently.
The donation is not the first, nor will it be the last for the local quilters. “We try to keep everything in the community,” Truhn said, adding the group made and donated place matts to Heritage Lodge last year. “We try to do something each year for somebody in the community. We’re looking at Little Warriors [next year]. What we’d like to do is get the whole community involved in helping make some quilts for the Little Warriors.”
For those interested in joining or learning more about the Loose Threads Quilting Croup, please contact the Morinville Community Library at 780-939-3292 or drop by one of their meetings on the first and third Monday of the month between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. The club meets in the library’s program room.