Even though the KCRQF Participating Guilds are unable to meet in these times, their members are working to accomplish great things!
We are hearing stories about how individual members are sewing to create non-medical protective masks. One of our guilds reports making over 5,000 of these, with requests still coming in.
Among those receiving these fabric masks are several area hospitals, including KU Medical Center, North KC Hospital, St. Luke’s, St. Joseph’s, Children’s Mercy, and more. Masks have also been distributed around the area to nursing homes, physical therapy services, medical offices, domestic abuse residences, home health workers, food service workers and church staff members, just to name a few.
A variety of patterns have been utilized. When these dedicated mask makers ran out of elastic, they quickly adapted by using t-shirts for cording, bias tape and twill tape. Quilters are resourceful in finding a way to accomplish a goal!
Our quilters are also taking measures to protect their family and friends, and taking time to celebrate special moments!
Staying at home is our best defense against the virus, but for those who need to be out in public, a mask has been recommended. Where there’s a will, there’s a way — especially for the generous spirit of quilters. This spirit can best be shown in this photo from a mask maker who made them available for the taking!
As the need continues, we will carry on. In the words of one of our members: “We have made a dent in our fabric stashes — it is a comfort to know we have created items which are appreciated and being useful!”
Until we can be together again, remember to Stay Home and Stay Safe! We’re all in this together!