Three ladies from Ridgewood WI made a commitment to provide sixteen quilts to the Red Deer Hospice. These quilts would cover all ten beds in existence and the six new beds that would be added due to the Red Deer Hospice expansion. We had also made the commitment that these quilts would be presented at the re-grand opening to be held later in the fall.
We had donations of fabric from Angie Scott, Hogadone Women’s Institute, Round Hill Women’s Institute, Patti Repas-Barrett, Bernice Stoler and Joyce Silbernagel. Vi Moore, Grace Scheffelmair and Marilyn Wattenbarger worked from June thru September.
We completed 15 tops. These quilt tops were sent out to Quincey’s Quilting in Leduc for commercial long-arm quilting. Then, with the help of many hands, the bindings were sewn on. Those who helped were Connie Morrison, Trudy Nylin, Joanne Comeau, Zara Wattenbarger and Bernice Stolee. Linda Ramey donated one quilt for the Red Deer Hospice.
We were able to present all sixteen quilts to the Red Deer Hospice on October 5, 2019. We would like to thank everyone for their generous donation of time, fabric or monies. Linda Ramey also donated a quilt which Ridgewood WI raffled off to cover our expenses in constructing the quilts and the balance to be donated to the Red Deer Hospice.
All our members sat at tables at the Innisfail Coop and the two Christmas markets in Red Deer. We were so fortunate that all our tickets were sold.
With the donations of monies and the raffle we are going to be donating $3000 to the Red Deer Hospice in addition to the quilts. The value of the quilts is approximately $12,500.
It was a very busy time but the reward is that everyone in the Red Deer hospice will enjoy these quilts for years to come. The winner of the quilt was Holly Davidson from Abbotsford, BC.
~ Submitted by Marilyn Wattenbarger, Ridgewood WI
In other quilting news...
Round Hill WI long-time member Annie Banack (96 years old) created a quilt consisting of 63 squares. Unable to finish it, Annie’s daughter Martha Bawden (right) along with the help of the Round Hill WI are working hard to finish hand-stitching the beautiful quilt.
~ Submitted by Denise Campbell, Round Hill WI