Racing Fingers logo thimble inside square racing stripeRacing Fingers Quilt Guild
Ormond Beach, Florida

"Fidgety Quilts" Project

In 2015, the members of Racing Fingers Quilt Guild decided to assist elderly Alzheimer's and dementia patients at Florida Hospital by providing them with something to keep their hands occupied, thus preventing them from fidgeting with the equiment used during their care. Guild members made nine-patch mini-quilts with tactile and manipulative objects such as textured fabric, old thread spools, cording, zippers, buttons, and Velcro tabs attached. The quilts were laundered, placed in plastic bags that included future washing instructions, and delivered to Florida Hospital. The nursing staff were thrilled with the donation and have made good use of these quilts which will go home with the patients. Guild members are continuing to make these quilts.

During the 2016 American Quilters' Society Quilt Week held at the Daytona Beach Ocean Center, AQS provided the guild with a booth and donations of fabric and embellishments, and also gifts for volunteers who sewed fidget quilts at the quilt show. Many people stopped by and wanted to participate in or to learn about this outreach project. 42 fidget quilts were assembled and after some final quilting or detailing were sent to Florida Hospital. Three quilts were donated to individuals who expressed a specific need...it was very rewarding to see how much joy they brought to those who requested them.

"Demetra's Quilt"

A few years ago, RFQG members assisted guild member, Kim Christeson, in making a quilt that was given to a young woman who was about to graduate from foster care in California. The story of “Demetra’s Quilt” and the Camellia Network that introduced RFQG to this young woman has been included in the book "Making a World of Difference One Quilt at a Time: Inspiring Stories About Quilters and How They Have Touched Lives" by Ruth McHaney Danner [www.ruthdanner.com]

"Quilts of Valor" Quilt Project

The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to cover ALL combat servicemembers and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor. In November 2013, a representative of the foundation approached guild member, Jean Roth, with a request that the guild present a quilt to a veteran who lives locally. As the guild did not have any quilts on hand, a quilt was sent from Arizona for the first presentation. In December 2013, guild members completed a quilt top donated by a member. That quilt was presented to David Swanson, a Vietnam War veteran who lives in Ormond Beach. In May 2014, quilts made by guild members, were presented to a Vietnam veteran, David Morris, who lives in DeLand, and to a Tuskeegee veteran. Finally a quilt was presented to Ernest Derryberry, a World War II veteran and father of member, Linda Derryberry.

Quilts Tops for Hospice

Kathy Byrd, owner and manager of Byrd's Nest Quilt Shop (www.byrdsnestquiltshop.com) has committed to providing ten quilts each month to the Hospice Center at Florida Memorial Hospital in Ormond Beach. Members of Racing Fingers Quilt Guild are assisting in this project by making and donating quilt tops which are then quilted by Kathy and her assistants. Kathy provides fabric for tops (some members provide their own fabric), batting and backings. The quilts are given to patients at the hospice. Anyone interested is helping with this project should contact Kathy at 386-615-8789.

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