Georgia is pictured here in blue.
Read below to hear her story and how you can help a fellow quilter.Kathy,
In May of 2006 Georgia fell down the steps of the house they were living in in Mayfield. It is an older house with narrow steep stairs. She was coming down with sewing stuff in her hands. Her back was broken and left her paralyzed from the chest down. In addition she broke her right hand. It was not treated competently and as a result she suffered permanent nerve damage in that hand. That leaves her unable to do any of the things she has loved to do. She has developed a way to prop a knitting needle someway so that she can knit. Knit—but not purl. Georgia loved quilting and loved teaching her many granddaughters and some grandsons how to sew and make quilts. She never tired of working with them to help them develop their skills and interest. Life is very difficult for her now yet I never hear her complaining. She does what she can do. I talked with her a couple of years ago and she said she wished there was a sewing machine that could be operated by a button and one hand. Of course, operating a traditional machine is impossible for her. Now is this a TahDah moment or not! A Bernina 630 which can be operated with the push of a button and at a speed that would allow someone to move at a slow pace as she learned to do again that which she loves and which she thought she would never be able to do again. I may have some snapshots of Georgia showing a quilt down at Bryce. Will look. Thank you for your thoughtfulness.
The cost of the machine is going to be about $3500 depending on the deal we can get, so we have a way to go. We did get $304 today (September guild meeting) which gets us on our way. We will be at the monthly meetings until February when we will have the "thank you" drawing of the donated prizes at the annual UVQG "Tie In". Hopefully we will have reached our goal by then. I think we all realize how this could happen to any of us and we would no longer be able to enjoy the hobby that is the only thing that keeps us going some days.
Thanks for your help,