Smith Village residents and Sewing Club members Mary Brandt, Kay Bach and Janis McHugh show off the quilt they made and are using to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Foundation. For the next month, the quilt will be on display near the main reception desk at the 2320 W. 113th Place entrance where raffle tickets are being sold. | Supplied photo
Updated: August 8, 2013 6:11AM
Members of the Smith Village Sewing Club recently completed a patchwork quilt as a raffle prize to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Foundation.
The quilt is on display near the main reception desk at the entrance to Smith Village, 2320 W. 113th Place, Chicago.
Raffle tickets are three for $1. They can be purchased through July 14 at Smith Village or at the community’s Assisted Living reception desk at the 112th Place entrance. The drawing will be July 15.
Three Smith Village Sewing Club members have used their sewing skills on a number of projects. Kay Bach, Janis McHugh and Mary Brandt raised $400 for the Alzheimer’s Foundation by making and donating two other quilts.
They also have sewn coats for rescue dogs, bibs for adults with disabilities, lap quilts for skilled nursing care residents, calming collars for children with autism, dresses for girls in Haiti and costumes for Smith Village’s resident acting troupe, the Village Players.
“Making the dresses was a cultural experience,” Bach, who started the club after moving to Smith Village from Blue Island in April, 2010, said.
“We learned so much about the cultural and social aspects of how women and girls are regarded in Haiti.”
For the Haiti project, the women converted about 20 cotton pillowcases into dresses.
The quilt project holds special significance for McHugh who five years ago moved to Smith Village from Homer Glen because her now-deceased husband had been afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease and needed memory support services.
“This is for a very good cause,” McHugh said. “Plus, sewing is fun, though I’m more of a cutter than a sewer. I really enjoy these projects. They’re very rewarding.”
Two years ago, Brandt moved to Smith Village from Wisconsin to be near her daughter Harriet.
“I’m not much with machines, but I love doing the handwork,” Brandt, 93, said. She grew up using a foot-operated treadle sewing machine.
The women are looking for additional sewing projects that would assist local charitable organizations in their missions.
For information about the quilt and making a donation to the Alzheimer’s Foundation, contact Diane Morgan at (773) 474-7300.