A group of residents at Cherry Brook Health Care Center known as the Stab Stitchers recently completed a whole cloth quilt under the direction and dedication of a former employee, Karen Oteri. Karen worked as a registered nurse at Cherry Brook for five years and retired in January of 2016. In May of 2014 she decided she wanted to volunteer her time quilting with our Cherry Brook residents. So Oteri got in touch with two representatives of the resident council, Yolanda Rascati and Gail Stecewicz. Together they came up with the name, Stab Stitchers. Oteri also explained the many different quilting options.
As a group they decided on the whole cloth, the front is one piece, the back is one piece and in-between is all padding. So Karen went on a mission to buy some fabric. Funding the project on her own she stopped into Colchester Mill Fabrics located in Colchester. Karen explained how she was volunteering her time with the Stab Stitchers and they offered fifty percent off all her purchases.
There were twenty residents at the first meeting. The group got to work starting out with washable markers and stencils to mark their square.
“Everyone liked doing the stencils, the basting took the longest almost three months, one hour per week,” Stecewicz said. “I’m addicted and currently planning my next master piece, just as long as Karen will be my mentor.”
Rascati said, “I won a quilt many years ago, so when I heard about Karen wanting to volunteer her time with us quilting, I was so excited! I just loved it and my family was so happy I was doing it.”
“I couldn’t have asked for a better group of people. Gail and Yolanda have been so dedicated and devoted. The resident’s did great; they even learned how to thread their own needle. Now that the project is over we are currently working on individual projects,” Oteri added.
The resident council at Cherry Brook Health Care Center is proud to display their fine piece of work and is raffling off the quilt as a fundraiser. The quilt will be on raffle through October, with the drawing on November 1st 2016. Tickets are on sale with the receptionist, $1.00 each or $5.00 for six.
A reception will take place on Oct. 6, 2016 from 3 to 4 p.m. at Cherry Brook to view the quilt and meet the Stab Stitchers. This event is free to the public.
As Canton’s “Resource for Recovery” Cherry Brook Health Care Center can help you achieve your rehabilitative goals! Cherry Brook Health Care Center is a not-for-profit, 100-bed skilled nursing facility, owned by New Horizons, Inc. a 501(C) 3 organization, and managed by Athena Health Care. We offer Short Term Rehabilitation, Outpatient Rehabilitation and Long Term Care. Cherry Brook is the only health care center in Canton, CT offering both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services. Our highly trained therapists utilize state-of-the-art equipment and will customize a treatment plan to meet your personal goals. For more information about Cherry Brook Health Care Center, please contact the Admissions department at (860) 693-7777 or firstname.lastname@example.org.