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In the last few years Phyllis Vanhorne of Kingston Heirloom Quilters has slowly, but surely, been selling off some of her special quilts. Every few months or so she gets a phone call from Bruce Bailey from Toronto to see if he can drop by and look at her quilts. Phyllis said he is always just a few minutes away and comes by shortly after his phone call. He has purchased a number of her quilts. He is fun, she said, and she always enjoys his visits. The Toronto Star has called Bailey an “art patron, collector and dealer with exquisite taste…” Last summer (2018), Phyllis got an invitation for her, and her two daughters, to join Bailey as special guests at his farm near Port Hope at an event to raise money for the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts acquisition fund. On a beautiful September day Phyllis and her daughters, Margaret Pyke and Olivia Chuchryk, headed down Highway 401 to attend the Fête Champêtre on Bailey’s farm. Amidst talented performing artists, including some amazing contortionists, the three ladies from Kingston spent the day with the rich and famous in their finery. When celebrations moved inside for lunch, the beautiful old barn had been decorated with Phyllis’ quilts hanging from the walls. A cavernous place made cozy by Phyllis’ hand. A Fête Champêtre is modeled after 18th century country feasts and Bailey’s guests were wined and dined with the very best. Guests included Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell, who gave the opening remarks, fashion journalist Jeannie Becker and classical guitarist Leona Boyd. According to the Globe and Mail a silent auction raised $400,000 for the acquisition fund. Phyllis and her daughters asked Bailey if he would be auctioning any of the quilts. No, he replied, those are part of his private collection.Phyllis and Margaret did a short slide presentation of the amazing day at the Christmas meeting of the Kingston Heirloom Quilters. They talked about the food, the artist performances and the beauty of Phyllis’ quilts hanging on those rough barn walls.