The event runs from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Melbourne Agricultural Hall, 21886 Melbourne Road, Melbourne, Ontario. The Melbourne Agricultural Society’s butter tarts and sweets are a featured attraction as well as the two special fabric quilts which inspired the barn quilts.
The Middlesex Barn Quilt Steering Committee is hosting the launch and will will also promote and highlight barn quilt trails and collections popping up across Ontario, Canada, and the United States. The Longwoods collection of barn quilts is part of a special project funded by the Sand Plains Community Development fund and many supporting sponsors, museums, and municipalities.
Also featured will be the launch of a history booklet, How the Milling Industry influenced Melbourne Ontario Canada,1793-2012. Author and compiler, JoAnn Lucas Galbraith; research and relay, Marilyn Gough McCallum; setup and typist, Richard Gordon Hathaway.
We hope that all the planners, quilters, painters, organizers, sponsors, researchers, writers, promoters, and fans of the Longwoods Barn Quilt Trail will attend. Please help us spread this invitation and encourage your community members to attend.
Frances Kilbourne narrates the story “Baby Blocks” she wrote for the quilt block installed on the barn owned by Jim and Debbie Atchison, home to Lucky Lodge. The large brick house owned by Jack and Adeline Quarrier RN at 7221 Longwoods Road Melbourne was the Lucky Lodge Maternity Hospital from 1948 to 1957. During the summer she operated tourist cabins and in the winter, Mrs Quarrier along with Dr. H.H. Washburn, G.P. from Melbourne, provided maternity care to over 500 mothers and new babies.
Frances’s story comes from the Moravian Diaries which describe the turmoil caused by Proctor’s Retreat and the Battle of the Thames. The photos feature moments during the community project to design, paint, and install the barn quilts along Longwoods Road.
Awaiting the birth of their babies, mothers-to-be prepared warm coverings. The settler stitched a quilt. The native women prepared skins and furs. Perhaps the expectant mothers knew each other, visited, and shared their secret fears. This was 1813…
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