Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Quiltsy Cares Christine Vinh of StitchesnQuilts

Today's Quiltsy Cares team member in the spotlight is Christine Vinh of StitchesnQuilts. Christine donated a lap quilt to Shawl Ministry at the Cancer Institute of MedStar Washington Hospital Center at  www.medstarwashington.org.

When asked why is this charity special to her, her answer was "I have partnered with the Cancer Institute first on a quilt project, Common Threads: Healing Hands and Hearts, and then with the Shawl Ministry.  We accept shawls, lap afghans, and lap quilts which are then available for selection by cancer patients as they begin their treatment.  There is a virtual community who donate items, including my local guild, Arlington Quilters Unlimited who chose this as their charity for two years.  There is also a monthly Sit, Knit and Crochet group that meets at the hospital.  The group includes volunteers, staff, and patients and over the years has become a support group for many of the participants.  Several started after receiving a shawl as a patient and joined so they could give back.  Right now we have a few members who still come to the meetings though they can no longer participate as they near the end of their own life".  

Christine donated a lap quilt this month which is a strip quilt using African fabrics.  A large portion of the patient population is African American so it is fitting to honor their heritage.  The quilt she donated last year, instead of going to a patient, now hangs in the new infusion center for all to see.

About Christine and her shop – I worked at the hospital for 35 years moving from nursing to hospital administration.  When I left, I reactivated my right brain and spend my time with fiber – fabric and yarn.  I love color and texture and the small art quilts and hand knit items I sell reflect that passion.

Christine lives in Arlington, VA, and has been quilting since 1983. She has been a Quiltsy Team member for 5 years. Her favorite thing to make in her Etsy Shop is the small quilts that also include hand stitching.

Here are two more pictures of quilts donated including some from her quilt guild:

Written by Pat Young of PatsPassionQuilteds, Quiltsy Team member since May 2011.


JM in Toronto said...

The bright colors of this vibrant quilt will surely cheer someone up who is going through a difficult time.

Kathy Kinsella said...

What a great charity chosen to receive beautiful quilts by Christine.

teachpany said...

Great cause and great quilt. Thanks.