A long-term care resident in Langenburg has put his own unique spin on quilting.
Early into the pandemic, Langenburg Centennial Care Home Activity Director Carol Schaab recognized long term care resident Darby Readman needed something to do to stimulate and occupy his mind amidst the isolation associated with COVID-19. Schaab suggested he start by painting a birdhouse. When Darby completed two birdhouses in relatively short order, Carol knew she needed something more to satisfy his appetite for a creative outlet.
Carol managed to salvage a pile of pre-cut 2x2 square plywood pieces, and told Darby she hoped the pandemic would be over long before he finished painting all of the boards. As the number of painted boards grew, their attention turned to determining how they could be displayed. “Initially, we thought a fence but we weren't sure how well they would weather," Carol said.
After laying the boards out, it quickly became apparent they resembled a quilt. “Darby suggested a star pattern in the center and, some tiles had circles to represent the coronavirus," Carol said, adding they ultimately decided to go with an art installation appropriately titled “Pandemic Quilt."
Multiple pre-cut 2x2 squares of plywood, some paint and a little imagination resulted in the creation of the “Pandemic Quilt”, a unique art installation currently on display at Langenburg Centennial Care Home.
Long term care resident Darby Readman is pictured with one of the many squares he painted that ended up being pieced together to create the “Pandemic Quilt."