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Margruite Krahn, holding a copy of Resurfacing a field journal containing samples of floor designs, is a well-known Manitoba artist who lives in Neubergthal in southern Manitoba. The village is a national heritage site and was founded in 1876 by Mennonites who came from Prussia.

Folk art reveals a lesser known side of Mennonite life, says Manitoba artist

Artist Margruite Krahn says vivid designs are a reminder of the value of bringing more colour into our lives

Like most Mennonites, Margruite Krahn knew women on southern Manitoba farms once hand-painted their homes with lively and colourful designs. But it wasn’t until the Neubergthal artist became involved with a local housebarn preservation that she began to truly see these floors for herself. That was several years ago, while serving as chair of the

Andrea Maendel shows a snowflake table runner while Anna Maendel 
looks on.

Fairholme Colony hosts quilting retreat

One-day event produces many different projects displayed at the show-and-tell

On an overcast morning last autumn, several dozen women from area towns — toting sewing machines and bags of quilting fabric — arrived at Fairholme Colony School and assembled in both upper classrooms for a day of quilting hosted by the three Fairholme members of the St. Claude Quilters Guild, “The Material Girls,” Serena, Andrea


Anna Maendel (l) explaining the quilt project to Barb Pantel.

Quilts warm hearts of L’Arche Homes residents

Customized quilts given out at special celebration with quilter Anna Maendel present

The residents of Winnipeg’s seven L’Arche Homes gathered at Dayspring House in late summer to participate in a unique celebration: each of the men and women was presented with a customized quilt made with fabric featuring personal preferences — animals, hobbies, interests and colours. Before the quilts were presented four new assistants were welcomed —

Reduce, reuse and —upcycle?

In the days of our mothers, grandmothers and great-grandmothers, the words “make-do” and “mend” were part of daily life. Hand-me-downs, making articles out of sugar sacks and making quilts out of worn-out clothing were the norm.

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or our 50th Anniversary party, I made a hanging guest book. This could easily be made for any theme. I started with our wedding picture and then our old farmhouse, continuing on to show the renovated house and the children. The graduation pictures came next and then came the spouses and the arrival of grandchildren.


A Mirror To Make And Take

The travel mirror is ideal when away from home. Easy to slide between packed clothes, and the perfect size to stand on a table yet large enough for shaving or applying makeup. Fun and easy to make. Materials: – 5×7-inch glass mirror (3 mm) – .5 metre fabric (corduroy, cotton, velvet, denim etc.) – .5


Create With Crayons And Cloth

This is a guaranteed hit with children or grandchildren. My three-year-old granddaughter did the ice-cream cone and just added a scribble touch here and there (to personalize it, I think). It still looks cute. My seven-year-old granddaughter has decided that we should make a quilt so we are choosing her pictures with a theme and



Making Polar Fleece Car Rugs

Ilaughed at myself when I finished these car rugs. I felt like the pioneer ladies as they made their very practical blankets out of worn-out pants and dresses. I had so many scraps of fleece since I have been making polar fleece hooded jackets for many years. With eight grandchildren all getting one jacket or