Letter: Discover the many reasons why people quilt

Local quilters have assembled a diverse exhibit on display at the Timmins Museum until November 23

From Oc. From November 27-23, the Timmins Museum: NEC presents an exhibit of incredible quilts from the Timmins Quilters’ Guild. Each quilt features various techniques such as piecing, appliqué, as well as hand, long arm, and free-motion quilting.

This particular show has something for every age. There are fun quilts like women in bikinis sunbathing on the beach, or mini quilts featuring the iconic McIntyre headframe. Kids can look for hedgehogs smelling flowers, a llama or two raccoons hiding behind a bear, and adorable farm animals. They might even meet the quilting diva herself in fabric, of course! A bargello, a fabric collage portrait, a modern leaf motif and a soft floral wall hanging all await your perusal.

So why duvet? When members were asked; many answers were given.

A quilt for the sheer pleasure of creating art; others enjoy the friendships formed while quilting together. A quilter has captured the doodles she made during phone conversations with her sister and brought them to life in the fabric. Another quilter collected patterns for a row quilt from various quilt shops because it reminded her of her mother who said “even though it’s so humble, there’s no place like home.” Each row features various houses like bird’s nests or the quilt’s own dog staring at a mouse hole. Other quilters appreciate the practical nature of making a personal gift for a loved one.

My own quilt called “As the deer sighs for water” was created in response to my 94 year old father’s request for a quilt that was “more than just a pile of squares”. On FaceTime, we carefully chose the soft colors, the deer sign, and the boulders that look like Muskoka boulders to represent his life story. Since he was a pastor, I incorporated the scripture into the border. He enjoyed seeing and discussing the progress of the quilts. I finally gave him the quilt during a COVID lockdown at his retirement home in April 2021. He loved it! He enjoyed it for three days before his sudden passing on April 8. I am so grateful that I was able to create not just a quilt for him, but lasting memories of him.

So why do we quilt? When you visit this exhibit, you will learn about the many and various reasons and maybe you want to make this beautiful thing called quilting your next project.

gwen houston

About Marco C. Nichols

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