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Quilters spreading Joie de vivre ahead of IPM

by Isabel Mosseler

The colours of the 2019 International Plowing Match (IPM) were on display in a gorgeous way, as was the talent of area quilters on Thursday, Feb. 7 as they gathered at the Sturgeon River House Museum to present their handiwork for judging. The entries, quilting blocks meant to be stitched together to create five one-of-a-kind quilts, were varied and unique despite their identical colour palette. They were created by members of Victoria Quilts Canada, a local group which makes quilts for cancer patients, and L’Union culturelle franco-ontarienne (UCFO), a group dedicated to the well-being of Franco-Ontarian women through social involvement and learning opportunities. Organizer Suzanne Davidson-Noël, of Victoria’s Quilts, explains that the Quilt Block Challenge had the goal of creating five quilts for the IPM, to be hosted in Verner this coming September. 

“Since September, we’ve been selling kits with these five colours,” she says, pointing out the fabrics used for the quilt blocks. “The ladies could sew any quilt block in the size requested.” The two quilting groups sold 160 kits at $12 apiece and received back 127 blocks of amazing variety. The blocks were arranged around the main meeting hall at the museum, each one tagged anonymously. “The kits contained five squares of 10-inch fabric, and they cut and sewed themselves. They had to come up with a design of their choice. There was no theme.”

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