Calling all quilters.
All of us are listening to the news and watching the television, horrified at what has happened in BC with recent floods. We wonder how we might be able to help.
Local quilters Terri Howell and Mary Spring are organizing a quilting project and hope to send lap quilts out to as many families affected by the flooding as possible.
If you have a sewing machine and know basic sewing skills, you too could participate!
Wouldn’t it be great for a family to receive a cozy quilt and to know that people from all over Canada are thinking of them?
Terri and Mary have eight sewing machines that they have collected over the past five years and have been teaching sewing to children and adults for several years. Usually classes are held at the library or at community centres.
Two years ago, Terri and Mary received funding from the Ontario 55 Winter Games Legacy Fund. Their proposal was to provide opportunities for seniors (as well as all other ages) to sew. When COVID hit, those projects were put on hold.
It is their hope that people will participate in this flood relief project from their own homes with help from Zoom. People with an understanding of the use of a computerized sewing machine could borrow a machine.
The plan is to follow instructions for a quilt which will require 30 ten-inch cotton squares. You would choose fabric to coordinate the colours in the quilt. Or perhaps you might like to use up some fabric that you have around the house. The possibilities for these ten-inch squares are endless and instructions will be simple.
After sewing the pieces together you will need a plain fabric for a border. Once again, instructions will be provided. The goal is to complete the quilts by January 15.
Terri and Mary will collect the completed quilts and take them to local quilters with long-arm machines. Available funding will provide the backing for the quilts as well as the long-arm quilting.
Upon completion, binding will need to be sewn on by each participant. We will send the quilts out to the families in 2022.
More details will be sent to anyone willing to help out. If you wish to participate in this project, please contact Mary or Terri.
Mary Spring: firstname.lastname@example.org
Terri Howell: email@example.com
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