When you see the sheer number of sewn items that Carolyn Hammond creates for Hospice by the Bay, it’s impressive. But when you take a few minutes to appreciate the details that go into each cuddly doll, art activity kit or quilt, the love that she puts into her work shines through.
According to Carolyn, she has “always been crafty.” But it was through her friendship with a neighbor and fellow Lion’s Club member, Maureen Nass, that she found her Hospice connection. Maureen, who passed away in 2017, was a devoted volunteer for Hospice by the Bay, sewing Comfort Bears and quilts for many years. She engaged Carolyn to help her make pillowcases for campers at our annual youth bereavement camp. Last Christmas, wishing to carry on Maureen’s work, Carolyn brought in bags of sewn items to Hospice by the Bay, which were quickly snatched up by our Pediatrics program and eyed enviously by our Youth Bereavement counselors.
Since then, she has been busy in her sewing room in Marinwood, which, she says, “has a wonderful view. I can even see the Bay from there.” As a former pre-K and kindergarten teacher, she likes to encourage artistic expression in children, so she has been creating dozens of Art Activity Kits, each with pockets for individual crayons, pencils, coloring books and blank sketch pads, all sewn up in a delightful carrying satchel. She also regularly donates hand-made dolls and colorful quilts.
Think you might be interested in making much-appreciated sewn items and making friends with like-minded crafters? There are projects for all levels, including quilts, dolls, “cough pillows” and pillowcases. Here are some groups you might contact: Mt Tam Quilt Guild (mtqg.org), Petaluma Quilt Guild (petalumaquiltguild.org), Napa Valley Quilters Guild (napavalleyquilters.org), Santa Rosa Quilt Guild (santarosaquiltguild.org), Marin Needle Arts Guild (mnag.org), Marin Sew and Sews (contact: Sandra Harrington, Novato), Stitchin’ for Kids, Broadway Quilts (broadwayquilts.com) and many others.