Young quilters of Wentworth

Hope Bridgewater
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Trying hand at age-old craft

WENTWORTH - The latest Intergenerational Exchange program focused on the tradition of quilting in the Wentworth community.

The art of quilting has existed in Wentworth since the days of Loyalists who fled the American Revolution in the late 1700s and settled in Wentworth.

In earlier days, many women met for quilting sessions in each home on a rotating basis. Later in the day as the quilting party was ending, the husbands would come, gather in the kitchen to talk and eventually everyone would participate in the lunch or supper the hostess of that particular evening would prepare.

WENTWORTH - The latest Intergenerational Exchange program focused on the tradition of quilting in the Wentworth community.

The art of quilting has existed in Wentworth since the days of Loyalists who fled the American Revolution in the late 1700s and settled in Wentworth.

In earlier days, many women met for quilting sessions in each home on a rotating basis. Later in the day as the quilting party was ending, the husbands would come, gather in the kitchen to talk and eventually everyone would participate in the lunch or supper the hostess of that particular evening would prepare.

In these times, the adult Wentworth quilters gather one day every week to quilt in the United Church basement from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Each member usually brings a lunch for a noontime meal. The women sell the quilts at a very reasonable price in order to raise funds for the church.

When the Wentworth Pioneer Club and teaching staff at Wentworth Elementary School were planning the programs, the idea of creating a program about quilting was put in place.

Thelma Redmond, Twila McMaster and Mary Anne Jay, mapped out details for the school students to make two quilts for their school as wall hangings.

At the start of the quilting program, the teachers at Wentworth Elementary swung into action. Principal Lori Garrett who teaches Grades Primary to two and teacher Valerie Rushton, who teaches Grades Three to six, integrated this program into their art classes. Each student was given an unbleached cotton block, 11 inches by 11 inches and a fabric marker. Each made an original drawing of their own based on one of the completed Intergenerational projects: music, healthy eating, two farm visits, a visit to a heritage one-room Old Valley Schoolhouse, and a visit to the Wentworth Hostel.

After finishing the drawing, each of the 38 students signed a block with his or her name.

Two seniors, Greta Tratt and Marie Duranceau, designed the two remaining blocks. Each of the quilts would have 20 blocks each measuring about 40 inches by 50 inches.

The school gymnasium featured 20 stations. Adult volunteers, students, and teachers made combined decisions on which blocks were to go in each quilt and in what order on each quilt. After numbering the back of each block, everyone helped carry the blocks into the classrooms where they were put on desks.

The adults showed the students how to use needle and thread and how to sew the blocks together. The embroidery thread was gold as the school colors are gold and blue; later the binding would be done in blue.

The boys were as equally talented as the girls in sewing. As one boy said, Hey, the boys and girls are in this quilting business together.

The following week the teachers and students walked down to the near-by United Church basement where they were greeted by adult volunteers with a delicious lunch of pizza and fruit desert.

Next the students learned how to tie the quilts. After this work was finished, everyone had time to look at all the designs that the students had drawn on the blocks. This was a merry time as the students exclaimed over each drawing and decided which Intergenerational event was represented.

The next week members of the Pioneer Club delivered the two quilts to Wentworth Elementary School where they can be seen at the entrance of the school.



Hope Bridgewater is a freelance correspondent for The Citizen who resides in Wentworth.

Organizations: United Church, Intergenerational Exchange, Wentworth Elementary School Wentworth Pioneer Club The Citizen

Geographic location: Wentworth

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