Yesterday I attended a college graduation . . . in Sing Sing prison. I didn’t know any of the inmates; I went at the invitation of someone I know who is working on a prison ministry through their church. A few weeks ago, as they were telling me about their research into how they wanted their ministry to take shape, I threw out the idea of creating a quilting program for prisoners. As it turns out, it’s not a new idea — there are quite a number of such programs in prisons around the country and in the UK. Just do a google search with the words “quilts prison“. And here’s a blog post listing several programs that are going on the USA right now. As it turns out, one of them is being run by Vikki Pignatelli — a quilter/teacher I’ve met while teaching at Empty Spools Seminars.
I don’t know yet if/how I might develop such a program in my area. But I encourage you to read about the programs that are happening and, if you find it in your heart to do so, support them by participating or with donations. (Practically every article I read mentioned that the most difficult / expensive part of the quilt to get is batting.) If you would like to start a program in your area, Coffee Creek Quilters has a guide available.