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It’s been a busy spring and early summer at the Quiltco Guild.

In May we held our first retreat of the year when a dozen or so of our members spent 5 days together working on their projects.   We rent a beautiful place on a lake near Buckingham Quebec that we affectionately refer to as “Buckingham Palace”.  Members are free to come and go and it’s always a lot of fun (and very productive).

June marked a very exciting month for quilters as Ottawa hosted Quilt Canada 2019.  Many of our guild members volunteered, attended courses and lectures, gladly supported all the merchants, and proudly dropped off our quilt top at the Quilts of Valour booth.  It was great to catch up with old friends, make new friends, and get inspired by all the wonderful creations showcased.  Well done!

Also in June, several of our members spent a Saturday with Jane Roszell to learn about Touch Quilts.  Touch Quilts are lap quilts proven to have a calming effect on people suffering from Alzheimer’s, for developmentally challenged individuals, or for autistic children.  Their most important feature is the texture of their tops that incorporate various fabrics that are smooth, fuzzy, rough, soft, harsh, bumpy, ridged, etc.  They typically contain embellishments that provide something to pull, push or move about – a zipper to pull back and forth, a pocket flap to open and close, a bead to tug or a row of tassels.  The quilts are in great demand from nursing homes and other care facilities.  We had so much fun that day combing through Jane’s piles of materials and embellishments and challenging our own paradigms about colour to focus more on fabric textures.  We completed 11 quilts which we were happy to donate to the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre.

One Sunday morning in July, Dahlia Kurtz from CFRA interviewed our guild member, Betty Giffin on the radio about Victoria’s Quilts Canada.  Betty is the founder of VQC and Dahlia heard about this wonderful organization when one of her friends was diagnosed with cancer.  VQC provide handmade quilts for people living with cancer to bring physical and spiritual comfort in knowing they are not alone in their struggle.  As of April 2019, more than 71,000 quilts have been delivered since 1999.  Congratulations Betty and to all her volunteers across Canada.  And from all of us, thank you for all the work you do!!

Looking forward, we are running a “Birth Flower Appliqué” class with Kathy K. Wylie on Saturday, October 5th and a “Pointed Comments” class with Paul Leger on Saturday, November 9th.  We welcome members from other guilds to attend these classes.  Some other program items proving to be popular this year are ‘A Ribbon Runs Through It’ and a challenge to create a quilt with circles.

Happy summer!

For more information on Victoria Quilts Canada, please visit their website at

submitted by Mavis Chisholm