Visit Helen VonderMuelen’s room and you will find a quilt or two, including a work in progress. Helen learned how to quilt from her mother at a young age and enjoys the craft to this day. “There is nothing to it, just stitch by stitch,” Helen says as she pulls the needle through a very small piece of the fabric and back up again. “I enjoy it because when I am quilting, I am thinking of nothing else. It is calming to my mind and very meditative. When you are in your 80’s, you have time on your hands for quilting.”
Helen’s favorite color is blue and many of her quilts are in this hue, including the quilt she entered in the annual Arts and Writing Contest sponsored by LeadingAge Ohio. Helen’s quilt went onto the State competition. Residents Mickey Gantt, Alma Grimes, and Jo Ann Zurlinden also entered works in the contest.
Creating art is a great outlet for many of our residents at St. Paul’s Home. We look forward to seeing what they come up with for next year’s contest!