What a delightful speaker we had at the February meeting. Mary Pat Leger came to Hearthside to show us some antique signature quilts that were found in the church she belongs to in Winchester, CT. They were unexpectedly found in a metal suitcase that was up in attic space. There was some information found about people who probably worked on making the quilts but none of the quilts had a date on them.
She also talked about Quilts of Valor that she is very active in and started the Sew Grateful Quilters group in this area. They meet twice a month on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday at the Winchester Congregational Church at 6 pm. New quilters are welcome. Generally they try to make up about 25 quilts a year and ship them to hospitals usually overseas to servicemen and woman who have been injured in active service. She started this when her own son was in the military and was given a patriotic pillow from a group of Quilters from Riverton. That triggered the thought to make him a quilt and he suggested she make more of them for other service people. That was quite a few years ago and she has been working on this project since about 2003.
Pictures of Mary Pat with the signature quilts and Quilts of Valor are shown below.
Also at our meeting was a fun Valentine exchange. Everyone brought in something that they make wrapped in a Valentine theme. The gifts could either be hand made or not, Valentine theme or something of the quilter's choice. There was everything exchanged from fudge, to cloth quilted hearts, Valentine bags of lavender and multiple other creative gifts.
Show and tell was enjoyed by all as well as some delicious Valentine goodies for our snacks. Announcements included mentioning a bus trip going to a show in Canton, MA on March 18. Cost is $50 and includes admission to the show, a raffle ticket and bus. Contact and pay Linda Ronalter at 860-482-3948 by March 1 if you are interested in going.
An open sew charity workshop will be held on. March 25th at the Harwinton Senior Center. Quilts and pillow cases will be made for Hole in the Wall Camp, Children's Medical Center and Parkinson's Quilt project. Workshop will run from 9-3 and members and guests are welcome and invited.
Our next meeting will be on March 16th and guest speaker will be Cat Allard from Litchfield who will speak on restoring antique quilts. Please come and join us this night at 7pm at the Harwinton Senior Center on Weingart Road in Harwinton, CT.
|Mary Pat Leger|
|Mary Pat with her Quilts of Valor quilt|
|Bonnie Mazzaffero talking about a Kaffe Fassett Book|
|Judy Ludwig with her "Mickey Mouse" Bag|
|Margaret Gumbs did some great knitting with mittens and hat!|
|Linda Ronalter is making a Parkinson's Quilt with donated fabric|
|Linda showing a lovely "take 5" pattern quilt|
|Pat Spaziani shows her Valentine mug and rug she won in the exchange|
|Denise Fosse was happy with a blueberry pie|
heart in green and brown.
|Donna Bruno's prize was some fragrant lavender sachets.|
|Judy Ludwig chose a gift bag that had a heart box of chocolates and a mug rug.|
|Claire Ferrarotti shows her gift|
|Betty Ann Poll is happy with some home made cookies|
|What a pretty heart Karen Bertoli opened|
|Pam Walanoski smiled when she saw her plate of cookies|
|Doris Silva also smiled to see she won some delicious white chocolate truffles|
|JoAnne Dzielinski was pleased with a hand made trinket box made by the husband of another member|
|Pat Green was happy with the tote bag someone made for her|
|Roxanne Moisen shows a twister table mat|
|Margaret Gumbs shows Judy the purple fabric basket she won|
|Rosanne Tullock shows her prize|
|Gail Vedovelli proudly shows her heart mug rug|
|Roberta Stoddard studying the information for her gift|
|Terry Vogellus was pleased with some knitted dish cloths|
|Linda Ronalter was happy with handmade chocolates|