Everything in its Time
If you are feeling down because you are trapped inside and the weather is not co-operating so you can get out there and use the extra time you have to dig, and plant and weed and beautify and create your own quilt-like bevy of colours in your yard – TAKE HEART! Mother nature is hard at work already. Here is a couple of photos from some of our members gardens. Anyone up for creating Quilts to match?
…And then there was Covid-19
A little over a month ago our lives all changed dramatically. Our much-anticipated workshop with Melanie MacDonald had to be rescheduled to September and our monthly guild meetings were put on hold. Luckily as quilters this Covid-19 setback kicked us into high gear and just meant more opportunities and time to get in touch with our inner fabric divas and sew, sew, sew. And maybe also use up a little of our stash.
With a request for masks from Windsor Regional Hospital our guild quickly mobilized and went to working sewing. I think some girls were even competing to see who could make the most. On March 28 Val picked up over 75 masks from 4 of our members alone.
Thanks to the following members who have contributed so far: Mary Lou Drake, Maryann Drouillard, Linda Green, Mary Hall-Brooks, Joan Holmes, Julie Isherwood, Donna Jones, Sue Kocela, Jennifer Long, Thelma Richards, Carol Russell, Ann Taner, Sherry Veldhuis, Lorraine Anderson, Corinne Cabana, Jane Drake, Jeanne Dugal, Rena Gilham, Cecile Hockley, Irene Hurajt, Betty Hyatt, Alice Moore, Patty Salvage, Nicole St. Pierre, Juliana Tir, and Val Whitton. We also know that many of our other members are also making masks for friends, family, church members, and others in need, so kudos to them too. A special shout out goes out to Val Whitton who so generously has been purchasing the elastic needed for the masks at her own expense.
Keeping it Real in these Tough Times
It is often said “When the going gets tough the tough get going!” Well, when you are a quilter you are always looking for more time to make memories and so we present to you our Show and Tell gallery to chase away your blues, lighten your spirits and fill your heart with love.
* It insulates the closet where it is kept.
* It keeps the economy going. It is our duty to support cotton farmers,
textile mills and fabric shops.
* Because it is on sale.
* It keeps without refrigeration (environmentally friendly)
* You don’t have to cook it to enjoy it.
* You don’t have to feed it, change it, wipe its nose or walk it.
* The extra weight in the car adds traction on icy roads.
* It’s not immoral, illegal or fattening.
* It calms the nerves, gratifies the soul and makes me feel good.
* I might need it.
Thanks to Betty Ives for this contribution.
A tattered old quilt lay dying
Scrunched in garbage can
I raced over and clutched it,
Holding it in my shaking hand
The tattered old quilt was beautiful,
Still full of life and joy,
Not to be discarded,
Like an old and broken toy!
The tattered old quilt is mine now,
A mutual love affair,
We’re cuddled up together
In my favourite overstuffed chair.
By Mallory Mares Hoffman