HAVRE DE GRACE, Md. (Mar. 12, 2010) – The Quilters at Bulle Rock live at The Residences of Bulle Rock and meet bimonthly at the resort-style community’s Residents’ Club to celebrate their love of quilts and quilting. While socializing and sharing their skills, ideas and tips, they have completed seven quilts during the past year.
Along with adeptly using their hands, the Quilters have poured their hearts and souls into every stitch. Their finished products were colorful and decorative displays of art; but, more importantly, they were works of love to bring comfort and hope to those in need.
Supporting The Troops
Six Bulle Rock quilts were crafted for the Quilts For Injured Soldiers Project, which sends quilts, Afghans and fleece blankets – from all over the United States, Canada and Australia – to Andrews Air Force Base, the first stop for most American soldiers returning from overseas.
“The soldiers are deeply touched that these items have been made especially for them,” said Pat Baker, who coordinates the Quilts For Injured Soldiers Project. “We thank the Quilters at Bulle Rock for their support of our troops.”
Honoring One Of Their Own
The Quilters at Bulle Rock fashioned their seventh masterpiece to honor a soldier near and dear to them: Joe Gray, son of Havre de Grace residents, Bob and Paulette Gray. Paulette works at The Residences at Bulle Rock’s Sales Center and has become a good friend of the community.
In October 2007, Joe returned from a one-year National Guard tour overseas to begin a civilian job at Aberdeen Proving Ground. Tragically, he died in an accidental explosion at APG in May 2009, at age 31.
Wanting to commemorate Joe’s service to his country and show their support for the Gray family, the Quilters at Bulle Rock created the “Joe Gray Memorial Quilt.” Patriotic in theme, it features red, white and blue stars through a windowpane design.
“We are truly comforted by the outpouring of care and love from this community,” said Paulette and Bob Gray, who recently received the quilt and will display it as a wall hanging in their home.
Keep on Quilting
Moving forward, the Quilters at Bulle Rock are hard at work on their next batch of quilts for injured soldiers. “This is such a wonderful way to show our appreciation for the men and women in the military,” said Kathy Harper, lifestyle director at The Residences at Bulle Rock. “The Bulle Rock community is happy to lend its talent and support to such a worthwhile cause.”
Harper added that non-Bulle Rock residents wanting to assist with the project are encouraged to provide fabric donations. She is accepting cotton fabrics in red, white and blue colors at The Residents’ Club (1200 Bulle Rock Pkwy.). For more information, call 410-939-8700 or visit www.bullerock.com.