By Diva Jenna
My mom called me last night and mentioned that she was spending another couple of days working on quilts that the Women’s Institute (WI) group that she belongs to is working on. She thought it would be neat if I came out to take some photos and share the story of the quilts. When I got there, I realized that this wasn’t just about making something for someone, it was about comradery, friendship and helping the community. The Women’s Institute has an amazing history and it is great to see the traditions continue.
This amazing group of ladies are making what are called “crisis quilts”, these specific beautiful pieces are being made for all people/families who lost their homes in the tornado in Goderich in August. When I got to the Auburn Hall the room was filled with the buzz of sewing machines, laughter and chatter. It was really a wow thing to see all of the women working together. Debbie Bauer, President of the Dungannon WI chapter, said that they have received donations of fabric, yarn and batting from across the province, they have also received monetary donations to purchase anything else they would need for creating their quilts. Other WI groups have come down to help them as well, including: Milverton/Listowel, New Dundee, South of Owen Sound, Strathroy and more.
So far they have made over 35 quilts and they are realizing now that they will have to make many more! Most of the women helping are retired, yet they seem to be busier than most people working a regular job. This was their sixth day of quilting, they start at 8am and finish around 6pm and take a half hour or so for their lunch. I brought my lunch along and had a nice chat with the ladies! The photo below is of a quilt top that was made by Jeannie Butcher, who passed away six years ago. Her aunt Myrtle and sister Dorothy (in photo) brought the tops to the group to finish off, and now they will go to a home in Goderich! One problem the group is having is collecting names of people who were left homeless from the August 21 tornado. They have a list of people, but if you do have more information please call Bauer at 519-529-7820.
When I told Debbie about this blog she was excited to have this story published, she said that WI groups love to visit each other in different communities, they swap pins and learn about individual groups. I would call it “WI” Tourism!