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Breast cancer patients receive a quilt to provide
emotional and physical warmth during their breast cancer treatments.

James Stitching Sisters

The James Stitching Sisters is a group of volunteers who create lap quilts for breast cancer patients receiving breast cancer treatment at the JamesCare Comprehensive Breast Health Center or at OSU East. The group was formed in 2004 by Joanne Lester, a nurse practitioner at Ohio State's James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.  The first quilts were distributed in June of 2005.  Today, the group includes hundreds of breast cancer survivors, caregivers, family members and friends interested in bringing warmth and strength to breast cancer patients. 

In 2010, efforts expanded to include children receiving radiation therapy, patients with thoracic cancers, and Diversity Enhancement projects at OSU East.  2011 brought more expansion to include walker bags for occupational
therapists at The Ohio State University who are treating patients that require walkers for ambulation and quilts for women with gynecologic cancers receiving chemotherapy.

Donations as of 3-31-14
Breast cancer
Thoracic cancers 308
Diversity Enhancement projects 175
Walker bags
Gynecologic cancers 570

Our Mission

The James Stitching Sisters are devoted to bringing color, comfort, warmth and support to breast cancer patients by creating and distributing handcrafted quilts. 

Sewing Center

The James Stitching Sisters have created a Sewing Center at 289 Cramer Creek Court in Dublin where they regularly meet to work on projects. This is possible due to a generous donation of office space, originally from Frank Kass, Continental Realty. The space is currently sustained by Nationwide Realty. The Sewing Center has been up and running since October 2005 as a place to gather and organize fabric, cut quilts, piece tops, machine quilt, and maintain the breast cancer patient quilt program.

Anyone interested is welcome to join us as we work toward our goal of providing a quilt to each breast cancer patient. We need people to sew, sort fabric, iron, quilt and laugh. You can take kits home to piece, completed tops to quilt, or completed quilts to bind.

How You Can Help

Anyone can be part of this project. We welcome time, talent and treasures in any shape, size or form.

Share your time, talent and treasures by:
  • Working at home or at the Sewing Center on various projects. We need help with the creation and completion of quilts, as well as non-sewing tasks.
  • Lending creativity in fabric selection, patterns, piecing, quilting, as well as other non-sewing projects.
  • Cleaning out your fabric stash. Donated fabric can be dropped off at the Sewing Center during volunteer hours, or brought to JamesCare Comprehensive Breast Health Center, ATTN: Joanne Lester, (614) 519-8995.

Approximately 7,700 quilts donated as of 3-31-14

What's New
  • Kroger Rewards must be updated for 2014-2015.  For instructions click here5-17-14
  • Quilt Day, April 5, 2014 was a great success.   See Quilt Day page for details.  5-17-14
  • The Quilts of Comfort Challenge for 2015 has begun.  See the Quilts of Comfort page for details.  5-17-14
As of 8-25-13 our new address is:
289  Cramer Creek Court
Dublin, OH  43017

Our new sewing center is in the building across the courtyard from our old location.  Go halfway down the building.  We are on the ground level with a private entrance.
  • We are now distributing quilts to women with gynecologic cancers receiving chemotherapy.  August 2011
  • We are making walker bags for the occupational therapists at The Ohio State University who are treating patients that require walkers for ambulation.  Feb. 2011

To contact us:

Joanne Lester
Project Coordinator

Carol Monson
Sewing Center Coordinator
Betty Panthana
Quilt Shop Coordinator

Mailing Address:
James Stitching Sisters
1142 Holton Road  
Grove City, OH  43123
Sewing Center Location:

289 Cramer Creek Court
Dublin, Ohio  43017

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