After spending the summer and fall designing a quilt, studying the history, and seeking out sponsors, the planning meetings have stopped and the project is in full swing! Joan Hillhorst at Sew Creative is heading up the quilting team and has distributed block kits to be stitched by experienced quilters thoughout the area. Freda Henry, Maxine Hendrick, and a second quilting team are designing another quilt focussing on First Nations themes and image.
The research team has written a series of stories describing each block. Dulox paint company has donated all the paint and Northcott has donated all the fabric for the two fabric quilts. Several community groups have stepped up to paint the blocks: Delaware Lions Club, 2nd Bothwell Boy Scouts, Melbourne Agricultural Society, Glencoe District Lions Club, Tait’s Corners Community Centre. Melbourne is getting things started this week.
The broader community have been talking about the barn quilts, so the owners of heritage barns are ready for the question when approached by the siting team. “Would you like to host a barn quilt?”
South Caradoc has designed the blocks for their spur line down Muncey Road. Kudoes to Frances Kilbourne, whose historical knowledge is an inspiration.
Ailsa Craig, in the north end of Middlesex, also has a project. Their highly successful Community Quilt Festival runs May 1-5, 2012 featuring “Quilts of Denmark”.