Quilters deliver gifts to warm new babies born at Beaudesert Hospital

NEWBORN babies will leave Beaudesert Hospital's maternity wing wrapped in community comfort thanks to the efforts of the ladies at Beaudesert Quilters.

The group has delivered more than 20 hand-made quilts of different sizes to the midwives, who were thankful to receive the gift on behalf of all babies who would benefit.

Midwife Jo Buckley said the quilts were always popular with new mums.

"This project started when a friend of mine, Jenny Bocock, donated a few to the ward," she said.

"Everyone loves them and we reached a point where Jenny couldn't keep up with demand, so she contacted the Beaudesert Quilters and they were happy to help."

The quilts were dropped off by Wendy Pritchard and Ellen Easter, who said the group would continue to make the quilts and deliver them once or twice a year.

"We arranged a working bee for these," said Ms Pritchard.

"The club donated the batting that goes into the quilts and the material was supplied by members."

The ladies said about a dozen quilters took part in the working bee, donating time, effort and a lot of love to the project.

"It was really heartwarming to walk into the room and see everyone happily working on these quilts," Ms Easter said.

Baby Lyla Luff was the first baby to receive her own hand-made quilt, with her mum Bonnie Petersen saying she was so pleased with the pink quilt gifted to her two-day-old daughter.