It was in 2006 when Mary D., a member of the Georgian Quilters’ Guild, received from an anonymous donor a number of Dresden Plates, all in magnificent colour and stitched together beautifully. Mary shared these with a number of fellow quilters and it was decided that members of the Guild would work together to make these plates into a finished quilt. Material was purchased, plates were appliqued to blocks, sashing and borders were pieced and soon the hand quilting began, organized by Isola D. The next question – what to do with the quilt? It was soon decided that the quilt would be donated to THE QUILT.
THE QUILT is a breast cancer support project (begun by a quilter who had breast cancer) which raises funds to provide emotional, informational and physical support for people living with cancer, their family and friends, nationally. CAROLE MARTIN, a beloved member of the Georgian Quilters Guild passed away on January 23, 2007 after a valiant fight with breast cancer. It seemed only fitting that our quilt would be dedicated to Carole. With necessary details worked out by Jo T. and accompanied by a beautiful tribute to Carole written by Linda M., which follows:
“This year’s quilt, a Dresden Plate, is dedicated to Carole Ann Martin who after years as a breast cancer survivor, passed away. As a former oncology nurse at Princess Margaret Hospital, she more than most, knew the strength and determination needed to survive. She had not only the necessary strength but grace to survive and prosper for many years. During those years Carole was an active and inspirational member of the Georgian Quilters’ Guild”.
Our quilt was delivered to Stratford in the fall of 2007 and became the property of ‘The Quilt.’
Our quilt was subsequently moved to Casa Loma in Toronto where it was on display for several months. Guild members were excited to learn that our quilt had won ’Viewer’s Choice at the Toronto show and we had won a new Janome sewing machine. On Monday, November 10th the quilt was auctioned to the highest bidder, who paid $1100, to further help in the goals of THE QUILT organization. The highest bidder was none other than Carole’s husband, GARTH MARTIN.
So our quilt returns to the Georgian Bay area from whence it began, a reminder of some of the things that cancer cannot do. It cannot snuff out the generosity and creativity of the human spirit. It returns to a place where it will be for years to come, a reminder to a family of a wife, mother and grandmother much loved. . Rest peacefully, dear quilt! You have journeyed well!…………………….Wilma Lansdell