When Silicon Valley Chapter Leader Bonnie Stearns received a request from Michelle Ball, Child Life Specialist at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford in April, it wasn't for small comfort quilts. She was asking for two huge quilts, measuring 130" x 70" to use on gurneys transporting children who have passed away from their rooms to the morgue.
As much as we hope all the children we comfort survive and thrive, the sad truth is that some do not. Michelle thought that a beautiful drape made with love would be a last comfort to the families who have to deal with the unthinkable.
Bonnie agreed and her members got to work. This photo shows one of the two reversible drapes they made using serene batiks from their stash.
After five months of sewing and quilting, the drapes were presented at a tea given by the hospital staff.