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Quilters donate blankets - with a smile

Forest Grove rehab facility residents delighted by colorful gifts


Kathy Broome was delighted with the sea-themed quilt she received Sunday. The beach is Kathy Broome’s favorite place. But it’s been hard for her to get there now that she lives at the Forest Grove Rehabilitation & Care Center.

So when a group of local quilters gave her a sea-themed lap quilt Sunday, May 15, she was surprised and delighted.

“I remember as a kid we would just live at the beach. We’d make marshmallows and hot dogs and the adults would dance,” said Broome, who visited the beach as much as possible as a child and later as an adult. “When I think of any place that’s peaceful and calming to me, it’s always the ocean.”

Bonnie Shumaker and the other quilters got a tip that Broome loves the ocean and hand-made a quilt especially for her. They also made patriotic-themed quilts for U.S. military veterans, a gardening quilt for a lady who loved to garden and a school-themed quilt for a retired teacher — all of whom live at the facility with Broome.

The group has been meeting at St. Bede’s Episcopal Church in Forest Grove once a month since January to work on the lap quilts, which are handy for wheelchairs. Residents were surprised to learn they'd be receiving hand-made blankets Sunday.

Shumaker got the idea after witnessing how much her mother enjoyed a garden-themed quilt while living in a nursing home after she could no longer garden, one of her life-long passions.

The fabric was donated by longtime Forest Grove resident and Rosemary Kemper Riddock, who died suddenly in the fall of 2015. They’ve made about a dozen quilts so far and will continue the effort.

“It’s very nice of these ladies who made them,” said Bryan Corke, a resident of the center who received a quilt. NEWS-TIMES PHOTOS: STEPHANIE HAUGEN - Ladies from the St. Bedes Episcopal Church quilting group made quilts for residents of Forest Grove Rehabilitation & Care Center. These made patriotic quilts for veterans at the facility.

Corke gets cold during and after his kidney dialysis treatments, so he’s excited for his quilt, which has a soft fuzzy fabric on one side that’s “sort of like poodle hair.”

“I had no idea this was happening,” Corke said. “I am humbled and grateful.”

NEWS-TIMES PHOTOS: STEPHANIE HAUGEN - Ladies from the St. Bedes Episcopal Church quilting group made quilts for residents of Forest Grove Rehabilitation & Care Center.