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Quit block patterns, sources, and designs.

Maxine Hendrick’s Story Quilt

Story quilt celebrating 40 years of marriage

Fifty people attended a story telling session in Muncey at the Antler River complex tonight to share history and old traditions.  Maxine Hendrick chuckled about how she was initially puzzled by the idea of a quilt telling a story.  Then she realized that she owned one. She showed the crowd at the Antler River Seniors complex a beautiful story quilt that was lovingly stitched as a 40th wedding anniversary gift from her family.

Quilts are the medium for learning and sharing.  Women of  Chippewas of the Thames, Moravian of the Thames, Munsee-Delaware, and Oneida are exploring themes for a War of 1812 quilt.

What an amazing evening.  Thank  you to all the women who cooked, baked, served, told stories and shared their history and culture.

Mary Simpson


Quilt of Belonging: Lenni-Lenape Quilt block

Tourism Middlesex is determined to display the Quilt of Belonging as part of the Commemoration of the War of 1812 – 1814.  At a recent barn quilt planning meeting in Thamesville Monday night, we were honoured to meet Shirley Baker, one of the creators of the Delaware (Lenni Lenape) block in the Quilt of Belonging. Click Delaware (Lenni Lenape for the full story.

History of the Lenni-Lenape: (taken from the Quilt of Belonging description of the Delaware quilt block:

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Create a quilt for injured soldiers or vets

Quilts of Valour are quilts being made for injured military personnel on their return to Canada. As of December 2010 they delivered over 1300 quilts to our injured service members and to veterans.  We met Lezley and Alison at ‘Quilt Ontario’ in London today.

Lezley Zwaal, Founder, Quilts of Valour, and Alison McDonald, southwestern Ontario representative.

QoV’s mission is to ensure that our injured Canadian soldiers are recognized for their bravery and commitment of their true patriotism to our country. 

Make a quilt for our soldiers and veterans and QoV Canada will deliver it.

Quilts go to our armed forces bases, rehabilitation hospitals and veterans homes right across the country.

They don’t know who will receive the quilts but they love hearing from the soldiers and knowing the quilts are received and treasured.

If you are making a quilt for our wounded soldiers, please register your name, mailing address and a phone number at:  Learn more at

Over 3,600 admired Netherlanders’ quilted masterpieces

By Gord Whitehead for the Strathroy Age Dispatch.  Reprinted with permission.

Who were most impressed? The more than 3,600 visitors who descended on a tiny village ‘international’ destination for quilt viewing, the first-ever Dutch quilt creating delegation to Canada or the many hard working Ailsa Craig area volunteers who successfully sewed up their Quilts of the Netherlands show? Gotta

Raven Emslie, left, and Jeanne Hamers admire the beauty of ‘Holland’s Glorie’, one of 137 spectacular Quilts of the Netherlands on show last week in Ailsa Craig Recreation Centre. The quilt is the work of a woman named Ted Storm who was inspired by her grandmother’s gift of a Delftware plate. Ailsa Craig resident Emslie is a key member of the community group that organized and hosted the exhibits and Amsterdam area resident Hamers is president of the Dutch Quiltersgilde which made its first journey to Canada.

say all of them.


Targeted attendance of 3,000 for last week’s Monday through Saturday exhibition was surpassed by Friday afternoon and reached more than 3,600, co-organizer Raven Emslie reported at week’s end. “A woman came from B.C. specifically for this show.” Committee member Cathy Mitchell added, “They came from Washington State, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and all over Ontario.”


Jeanne Hamers, president of the Dutch Quiltersgilde, told Focus the 137 quilts her group brought to the show are “the cream of the crop” selected by the guild’s executive committee from thousands of prospects. Founded in 1983 and now with 14,000 members, Holland’s is the largest quilting guild in Europe, said Hamers who lives near Amsterdam. Twenty Quiltersgilde members made the journey to Ailsa Craig where they were billeted at the homes of area families.


“Everybody’s happy. We’ve had a wonderful time. The community has done its utmost to make us welcome,” the guild president said. An average 60 volunteers a day worked at the show, Emslie recalled. Hamers noted several of those volunteers are Dutch descendants and “it was very warming. A few even cried when they could speak Dutch again.” Of seven vendors of fabrics and other quilting supplies, two came from Holland and sold virtually every stitch of merchandise.


Petra Prins of Den Haan & Wagenmakers was so pleased she offered to return to sell at Ailsa Craig’s next international quilt festival already booked for May 1-5, 2012. “People like Dutch fabrics which are quite different from Canadian fabrics,” said Hamers. They are a type of cotton with reprinted patterns, old traditional costumes, mostly red, white and blue with a bit of purple. Prins featured original Dutch designs from the 17th and 18th centuries. Vendors also conducted workshops for visitors.


The quilters also found time to tour with visits to Stratford, Shakespeare and New Hamburg. “Canada is for us enormous,” enthused Hamers who recalled her guild’s only other ‘international’ exhibition was in neighbouring Belgium whose geographic expanse is equally as tiny as Holland’s. Emslie said community volunteers provided homemade food from the Ailsa Craig Recreation Centre’s kitchen during the week-long festival. “To be fiscally responsible we needed the (kitchen) profit to make it viable. It’s about building community.”


The festival wrapped up with a Saturday evening banquet at which Richard TerVrugt, Consul of the Netherlands in London (ON) made an entertaining speech. Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MPP Maria Van Bommel, North Middlesex Mayor Don Shipway and Ward Two (Ailsa Craig) Coun. Brian Ropp attended to deliver greetings and MP Bev Shipley voiced his government’s best wishes in a letter. The committee announced the quilts of Denmark will be featured in next May’s festival. In the words of member Cathy Mitchell, “We’re setting the standard this year. Hopefully we’ll reap the benefits next year.”

Labyrinth Quilt Design

Mary Simpson has a labyrinth on her property so she has  been thinking about choosing a labyrinth design as the basis for  a quilt block design.  Her labyrinth near Glencoe, Ontario,  is a 5-circuit cretan (classical) design outlined in trees and shrubs:
John Ridder,<>  labyrinth designer, says “there have been a few [labyrinth] quilts made over the years, although I dont know if they have been offered in a pattern. Attached is a photo of the quilt auctioned off at the 2010 TLS Gathering in New Harmony. The blocks were all the same pattern, simply arranged differently.  Block was designed by Ben Nicholson.
May we all Walk in Peace
John E Ridder     Phone 317 842 2997 Labyrinth designer & consultant, gallery and articles. – Personal Labyrinth products – on-line ordering! – The Labyrinth Coalition – resources, calendar, linkages