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Listowel, Ontario Women’s Institute member and quilt maker Donna Henderson created ‘A Story in Patchwork’ sold by raffle during the recent Federated Women’s Institute of Canada convention in Winnipeg.

WI quilt ‘A Story in Patchwork’

About 120 delegates recently visited Winnipeg to attend the Federated Women’s Institute of Canada convention

A brightly coloured quilt dubbed ‘A Story in Patchwork’ on display in Winnipeg this past weekend vividly symbolizes the group that helped piece it together, says its maker. Donna Henderson of Listowel, Ontario was in Manitoba last week to attend the Federated Women’s Institute of Canada’s (FWIC) convention, bringing with her a quilt she constructed

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


The group (nine of the ten women) was drawn together to make the quilts.

Project brings communities together

The group planned to make a quilt for each of two refugee families now in Portage la Prairie

Arabic music played in the background as a group of 10 leaned over sewing machines and cutting-and-piecing tables in the upper room of the MacGregor United Church. Outside it was a lovely spring day, but inside seven women and three teenaged girls were hard at work on a quilting project that had brought together several

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 —

Manitoba Agricultural Museum’s executive director Georgette Hutlet (l) and curator Tanya Wiegand display the museum’s new barn quilt sign, to hang on the fence of the Austin-area museum. 
The pattern is a version of the Log Cabin block and is emblazoned with one of the museum’s most popular artifacts, Big Roy, a Versatile Model 1080.

Let’s cover rural Manitoba with ‘barn quilts,’ say Ag Museum staff

Inspired by other barn quilt trails of southern Ontario and Iowa, staff with the Manitoba Agricultural Museum at Austin hung out their own barn quilt on Mother’s Day and are working with other communities to piece together a map of where more will eventually be found

Eunice and Doug Pratt were heading south through Iowa for a U.S. holiday when they spotted the first ‘barn quilt’ — a brilliant-coloured quilt block affixed to the front of a barn. But it wasn’t made with fabric. It was a large, colourful wooden eight-foot-square painted replica of a quilt block, and one of many


The Back 40, quilted by Yolande Ranson, was among the artwork featured.

Quilt till you Wilt

Well over 100 masterpieces at Hamiota’s annual show

People enjoy quilts for many different reasons. They can provide clues to the past; warmth, beauty and value; and enjoyment in the form of colour, texture and pattern. Quilts also unleash artistic talents of new and experienced artisans, as was showcased at the 2012 Hamiota Quilt till you Wilt’s late-November annual show at the community

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.

Three-generations quilt

“Here,” my mother said, handing me a quilt top pieced together in little squares. “I can’t get this to come out right no matter how I try.” I was not surprised. Somehow the idea of careful measuring and consistent seam allowances usually escaped her, especially as she grew older. Consequently the pieced quilt top she


Quilted Piano Bench Cover

DIY PROJECT By Myrlene Currie FREELANCE CONTRIBUTOR Supplies: ” Backing 17×39 inches (I used black so it wasn’t noticeable) ” Quilt batting 17×39 inches ” Many strips of different fabric ” Extra backing to secure cover to bench ” Narrow elastic ” Fabric for binding (2-inch width) I made a music quilt for my granddaughter

“KickAss” In Small-Town Manitoba

It’s not very often that city people will take a two-hour drive out to the country for the purpose of shopping. Some might call it “the middle of nowhere,” but people flock there, including some Winnipeg shoppers. Their destination? The KickAss Country Store, located in the village of Plumas. If you’re an experienced quilter you