Quilt and Cleft Palate

As I said, we were in Southern California all weekend. One of the things we did was to give a check to St. John’s Hospital for their Craniofacial Anomalies/Cleft Palate program. It is a comprehensive program that includes pediatricians, dentists, social workers, plastic surgeons, ENTs and a score of other medical professionals who help get kids out of the land of being branded a Frankenstein and into a “normal” life.

There is a quilt hanging in the reception/intake area. We spent time in that room before the program started. I had noticed it last year, but didn’t have a chance to take a picture. I had the opportunity to look at it more closely, because the Grand Historian asked me whether it was a quilt, because he saw the applique. His question gave me the opportunity to look at the quilt more carefully, share my knowledge and take a photo. Since I wasn’t able to visit any quilt shops, I was thrilled.

Down East by Terry Waldron
Down East by Terry Waldron

The quilt is called Down East by Terry Waldron. The color is very rich. It is mostly batiks with some velvets. There is quite a bit of embellishment using raw edge applique and yarn. There is piecing as well in the form of log cabin blocks. The quilt is behind plexiglass, thus the glare. You can see a picture of the artist with the quilt, though I don’t see the quilt listed on her website.

Down East by Terry Waldron, detail
Down East by Terry Waldron, detail

There was one bit of quilting that I liked very much. I thought it was a clever way to highlight a motif that was not a block.



At this event, the Grand President, my DH, gave St. John’s a check for $55,000. Less that 1/2 of 1% of your donation goes to administrative costs. This is one of the best events for me, because each dollar of that $55,000 came from $5 raffle tickets, $10 BBQ tickets and $2 fines for cell phone use during meetings. There were no millionaires who chipped in $20,000. All the money came from members and their families. $55,000 is a lot of $2, $5, and $10. All of the trustees donate their time, including travel costs. Feel free to donate to the NSGW Charitable Foundation to support kids with craniofacial anomalies and their families.

Author: Jaye

Quiltmaker who enjoys writing and frozen chocolate covered bananas.

4 thoughts on “Quilt and Cleft Palate”

  1. The $55,000 donation, all with raffle tickets, BBQ tickets and fines is an amazing testament to the people that are part of the organization that your DH leads. Humans can be so wonderful. 🙂

  2. What a gorgeous work of art! I’m quite sure the photos don’t begin to do it justice.
    I grew up with a man who had a severe cleft palate. His mother didn’t keep a photo of her child before the surgery because he was so deformed. I’ve always found that a sad thing to think about and I think he thought less of himself because of it. I had a crush on him when we were preteens as I always thought he was handsome. The world can be a cruel place when you are “normal” and I couldn’t begin to know how those children feel. How wonderful to be part of such a generous contribution!

    1. The quilt really shone! It is hard to get a good photo, but it is a lovely piece of work.
      No matter how hard we try, and I think this is true for almost everyone, myself included, we have a hard time with people who are different. If you saw the care and work that goes into the young people in the program, it would make your heart dance. Other organizations do great work with donations, I know, but this program is so personal and touches everyone involved in a way that touches my heart.

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