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After a year of planning, picking out fabric and sewing 36 handmade quilts, volunteers presented patients of Calvert Hospice with their very own lap quilts Thursday.

Betty Tilley, president of the Quilt Guild of Calvert County, and member Janet Gean handed more than 36 handmade lap quilts to staff of the Burnett-Calvert Hospice House to be given to patients.

“It’s just unbelievable,” Mary Airey, a resident at the Hospice House, said about the football-themed quilt she picked out. “And, it’s just so beautiful.”

Airey, originally of Fallston, said she picked out the football quilt because she’s a lifelong Baltimore Ravens fan. “I get so carried away, they’ll have to tranquilize me,” she said, laughing, of the upcoming Super Bowl game on Feb. 3 between the Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers. “I love me some Ravens.”

Tilley, of Owings, said the Quilt Guild consists of more than 60 county residents who spend a year making quilts to be donated. Last year, the guild gave quilts to the infusion center at Calvert Memorial Hospital, Tilley said.

“It’s personal for me,” she said of giving the quilts to hospice patients. She explained that a hospice nurse would come take care of her mother, who had ovarian cancer. She also said her father suffered from liver cirrhosis. “They do so much … and help people get through,” she said. “It’s really great that we have this in Calvert.”

Gean said that although this wasn’t personal for her in the way it is for Tilley, it’s more about being able to support hospice in the county.

“I just love that this county has this place,” she explained. “When something like that happens, [family and loved ones] don’t know what to do.”

Calvert Hospice Executive Director Brenda Laughhunn said the quilts represent someone feeling loved whom they may not know, “and that’s what we do here at hospice.” Calvert Hospice provides care for the terminally ill and bereaved in the county.

Laughhunn said the handmade quilts make the Hospice House, located in Prince Frederick, “feel like home” for the patients living there. “They get so excited when we can give them something homemade.”

She added that the quilts are just another display of love “that comes in many forms” around the Hospice House.

Linda Gottfried, director of development for Calvert Hospice, said the quilts are also important for the families of the patients receiving the quilts.

“It’s something tangible for these families to hold onto,” Gottfried said. “They’re really going to become heirlooms for these families, and if you think about it, it’s really quite touching.”

Laughhunn said it was “so kind” of the Quilt Guild to do this.

“It makes [the patients] feel so special.”

aharrison@somdnews.com