Island Quilters Guild

Patricia Pepper - Always a Farmer's Daughter
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Marion Seabrook Yukon - My Inspiration
Marion Seabrook’s version of Lise Merchant’s Yukon, My Inspiration from A Needle Pulling Thread Magazine, Festive 2007 issue.
Patricia Pepper - Always a Farmer's Daughter
Patricia Pepper lovingly hand pieced and hand quilted this quilt in honour of her niece’s wedding in September 2008. The quilt is called Always a Farmer’s Daughter, from the book Scraps Organized to Perfection by Deloa Jones.

the guilded edge

The countryside was a profusion of colour the weekend of September 20-21, 2008 when the women of the Island Quilters’ Guild hosted a two day exhibit, The Hawberry Autumn Quilt Show. Amid the excitement, and a sigh of relief, the last stitch was in place, the pressing and the labeling complete and the mounting of displays all came to a climax. Doors Open!
One hundred quilt items were on display at two different venues – Central Manitoulin Public School and the Community Hall in Mindemoya, Manitoulin Island, Ontario. Approximately 500 people came to view these quilts.
The guild featured three well known quilters: Patricia Pepper, Marion Seabrook and Myra Tallman and with many members of the guild displaying their quilts.
Patricia is known for her precise stitching and choice of tonal colours in her quilts. Marion is known for her creative folk art, inspired by her journey to Newfoundland and her story about the quilt was most impressive. Many other items included her stain glass quilt featured on the cover of A Needle Pulling Thread, Festive 2007 issue, by designer Lise Merchant.
Myra is known for her many quilts on display – her farm quilt in monochromatic colours of blue, her family quilt, the beginnings of her Kaleidoscope quilt along with her written story about her quilt, My Hope, which was made while Myra journeyed through breast cancer. An interesting note is that Myra had displayed the quilt, My Hope, in the Waterloo Quilt Festival, winning the Amy Hallman Snyder Purchase Award, in 2005. Myra along with Jackie White has had quilts juried into the CQA show.
The Peoples’ Choice Award was awarded to Myra for her family heirloom, Count Your Blessings. Each block showed a special milestone for her and her family.
The guild has been around for over 13 years and for the first few years, the meetings were held in various towns and then for several years in Little Current. Since travel distance was a factor, it was decided on a more central location and in 2004 moved to M’Chigeeng (West Bay) at the Ojibway Cultural Foundation.
Read more in our Summer 2009 issue.

Article by Jane Palmer