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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Wardsville Barn Quilt Trail at the February meeting

Guest Speakers at the Feb. meeting of the London Friendship Quilt Guild were Ken and Virgie of the Wardsville Barn Quilt Trail. Ken presented the history of George Ward and Virgie outlined how the quilt and Barn quilt blocks came about when planning for the 200th anniversary of Wardsville, ON. Plans are underway to expand the Barn quilts along Longwoods Rd commemorating the history of the War of 1812, focusing on war from a woman's point of view. First Nations history during this time will also be featured. Click here for a blog post done in 2010 during the Wardsville anniversary celebrations.

Here is Ken giving us the history of George Ward:

Virgie sharing about the barn quilt designs and the quilt:

After the meeting, Ken and Virgie were available to answer questions about the quilt (in background) and hand out information and maps:

The Wardsville 200th anniversary quilt. These block designs were also painted on 8 foot plywood squares and placed on barns and historic buildings around the area:

The label on the back of the quilt:

During the break, a rummage sale was held of quilting items, books and magazines with proceeds going to the Community Quilts project:

Signups and display for the Kathy Wagner's miniatures workshop. There are still a few spaces left in this workshop.

Amalia greeted everyone at the registration table and made sure we bought lots of raffle tickets :-)

Postcards made by members that will get sent out in the mail:

Members were asked to bring 6 1/2" x 12 1/2" rectangles for the Quilts of Valour sewing day to be held on March 24th. There will be an opportunity to bring them next month as well.

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