Quilts sew stunning

November 13, 2017

Proud: Mercy Place residents Lauretta De Palma and Georgina Sheppard hold up the quilt.

Stunning: Mercy Place residents worked hard to create this quilt.

Beautiful handmade quilts adorn the walls of Shepparton’s Mercy Place.

Residents at the facility spent months creating several quilts and the most recent addition to be hung on the wall is certainly a sight to behold.

Created by many residents, some living with dementia, the quilt has a square that represents each person.

If you look closely, you can see an Italian flag square, a truck square, another with butterflies and many more, equally as stunning.

Mercy Place lifestyle and leisure co-ordinator Nicole Raditsas said they did a lot of different craft activities with the aim of engaging residents.

‘‘We find that the more we do, the more positive outcomes we get... and it’s fun to see them unleash all their hidden talents,’’ Ms Raditsas said.

She said it took quite a long time to gather the information for the quilt and then create it.

Resident Georgina Sheppard sewed the quilt together and said it was an impressive achievement for the residents.

Ms Sheppard said it was a great exercise for residents who loved the chance to reflect on their lives when they were younger.

Quilts have been made by different areas across Mercy Place, but Ms Raditsas said there was something special about the one created by the residents in high care, living with dementia.

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