Braille incorporated into quilt’s design
A creative seamstress came up with the idea of incorporating braille on the back of a quilt she gave her blind friend.
CARLA ALLEN – TC • MEDIA
YARMOUTH – Elaine Shukys is in her second year of Human Services/Community Services studies at the Nova Scotia Community College Burridge campus.
Recently, she agreed to assist Susan Casey, a resident of Villa St. Joseph, at a four-day faith and sharing retreat at Saint Ambrose parish. It was an event that Casey had been attending annually for many years.
Shukys wanted to give Casey a gift at the conclusion of the retreat and decided on one of her quilts.
However, there was a minor hurdle to leap. “When you give a quilt to someone you have a tag on the back with writing stating who it’s to, a quote and who it’s from,” said Shukys.
Casey has been legally blind since birth and cannot see anything. Shukys found a program that translates words into braille.
She says she racked her brain for two-days trying to figure out how to incorporate this script. She finally realized how to incorporate it with stitching.
I was going tow rite underneath what it says, but then I thought, no. If they want to now what it says they need to ask Suzy,” she said.
Casey eagerly demonstrates by running her fingers over the knubbly patch.
“This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. To Susie, love Elaine.”