Quoddy Quilters fundraise for Ukraine

Submitted photo Margaret Ramsey shows off the Quoddy Quilters’ creation being raffled off on July 1. Proceeds from the quilt will go toward Ukraine relief efforts.

SAINT ANDREWS – Earlier this year, the Quoddy Quilters made a $250 donation to the Red Cross relief efforts in Ukraine.

But as quilters in a working guild, they wanted to use their talents to do more.

“Quilters love to quilt, but really, they love to give quilts because they are like big hugs made with fabric. We put our hearts into each one and we just wanted to do something to help,” Quoddy Quilters member Kim Mead said in an email to the Courier.

The 20+-year-old group meets monthly for a “sew day” as Mead describes it. During these meetings, the quilters assemble their completed blocks. Each quilt includes a handmade block from the 26 members.

“One quilt turned into 3. We have two that are going to be donated to new Ukrainians to Canada. We have the first one ready to go to a newcomer in Charlotte County and the third one we decided to raffle to make more money to donate,” said Mead.

Tickets for the blue and yellow quilt are $2 each or 3/$5. Tickets can be purchased at The Wee Fabric Shop in Saint Andrews, where the draw will take place on July 1. So far, the group has raised $644.

The paid membership group welcomes all quilters interested in attending their two monthly meetings and being active members.

“Most people think of quilting as an older person’s hobby, but there are many new modern quilts and quilters as well as traditional quilters around. We have just welcomed our newest member who is only 16,” said Mead.

“I never fail to have a great time with them and come away from a meeting that was full of smiles and laughter,” she said, adding that the group is still waiting for their first male member to join.

The Quoddy Quilters will be holding a quilt show in Saint Andrews on July 29 and 30 at Wesley United Church between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. both days. They plan to hold a raffle for two quilts, the proceeds going to local recipients at the food banks of St. George and Saint Andrews.

“Every little bit count, and this is our contribution. We are hoping it helps someone in some way,” said Mead.