There’s a drawing of a tree in winter, surrounded by gently falling snowflakes, and a drawing of a tree in the fall, covered by brightly-colored leaves. There’s a Christmas tree, what appears to be an apple tree — even a palm tree. Each drawing tells a story, offering a unique perspective from each of the young artists that created them.
These pictures drawn by Youthville children are being turned into a quilt by Newton Senior Center volunteers Gladys Downen and Nancy Smith, along with the help of Fawn Schmidt, owner of the quilt shop Studio Q in Newton.
“We’re very, very excited about it,” said Shana Smith, development manager with Youthville, an organization that helps children who suffer from abuse, neglect or abandonment.
Although Gladys Downen and Nancy Smith weren’t experienced quilters, they saw a need and were willing to respond.
“We really didn’t know what we were doing,” Downen said. “... Somebody says do something, and we’ll try it.”
The senior center has adopted a Youthville cottage, and the two women volunteered to help turn squares of fabric with drawings created by children into a quilt.