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2018 National Quilting Day Baby

April 19, 2018

In recognition of National Quilting Day, Saturday, March 17, the Chenango Piecemakers Quilt Guild celebrated by presenting a special quilt to the first baby born closest to that day at UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital. The guild does this every year. This year, their quilt was presented to Hunter, son of Chelsea Cunningham and Steven Palmer, residents of Earlville. Hunter was born on March, 19 and measured 20 inches long and weighed in at 9 pounds, 7 ounces. Nancy Carney, representing the guild, extended the group’s warm wishes as she presented this colorful quilt, which was made especially for the National Quilting Day baby. Each year’s quilt has a special theme and name.  The parents were delighted with the quilt.

A small group of women who enjoy quilting began the guild in 1986. Currently, there are over 50 members.  The Piecemakers have a very strong sense of community and use their love of quilting to not only promote the art, but also as a commitment to serve through projects such as this. They are among the generous community members who make and donate quilts to many newborns born at Chenango Memorial and other patients and residents.

The tradition of the “First Baby” quilt began years ago as a significant way to observe National Quilting Day by involving the community.

The Chenango Piecemakers meet the second Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the United Church of Christ, 11 West Main Street in Norwich.  Anyone interested in joining the guild or in learning more about what they do is welcome.


L to R back row -  Betty Sue Christian, Nancy Carney – Piecemakers representatives,
L to R front row  - Father Steven, Brother Ethan, Mother Chelsea and baby  Hunter