A wonderful experience! Upon entering the Witless Bay Community Centre Monday evening, colourful visual textiles caught my eyes. It might be safe to say I felt like a kid in a candy shop. The ladies of the O’Connors Fifty’s Plus Club had all sorts of Art/Craft projects on the go. Several worked on quilts, others, hooked rugs and they exchanged ideas, patterns and projects for future evenings. Some even brought sewing machines.
In anticipation of our arrival, the women had set up samples of their work on a display table for us to see. We received a warm welcome and were escorted off in different directions to eye the various projects on the go.
One of the participants was knitting a scarf in an interesting pattern and generously shared her instructions with me.
I sat down with Mrs. Crocker, the senior of the group. She informed me she would be 85 in December. She moved to Witless Bay in 1969, and raised nine children on her own. She hadn’t brought anything to do this particular evening. She said she would bring her knitting along next week.
The above photo shows Pat Lundrigan repairing her mat. Apparently she took the mat off her wall, vacuuming it to remove dust, when a piece of cloth from the mat was suctioned into the vacuum, removing the clouds in the mat from the sky background..
Coffee, tea and delightful treats were available throughout the evening. Marilyn O’Dea had quilt pieces and she approached some of the students to arrange the pieces in different color and pattern sequences. Her plan was to take the finished layout, and sew it up. Below is a picture of the completed pattern.
Sis, another of the ladies, showed me a quilt she had created from fabric squares. I didn’t get a picture but did make plans to visit her and take photos of her other quilts. She sometimes works on them with Genevieve Dunphy seen below at her sewing machine.
It was a fun-filled evening shared with women who are truly passionate about their skills and willing to share with all who come to visit.
Stay tuned for a picture of Sis’s quilt/s in the days to come.