Our meeting began with special guest Trish McEachern, a registered nurse in the Rich Little Special Care Nursery at the Ottawa Hospital, presenting our guild with a plaque recognizing our support of their unit. For several years our guild has been making and donating little 24 inch square "preemie quilts" to the unit. Each baby who is cared for in the nursery receives a quilt and last year we donated over 150 of these little quilts to the nursery. Trish explained how meaningful these little quilts are to the families of the babies, and she thanked us for our time, energy and talent in making these quilts. She also showed us several photos of the little babies with their little quilts.
For more information about our preemie quilt initiatives, see the Charity page.
Canada's Big Quilt Bee
Sherida Giddings Trunk Show
Our guest speaker was Sherida Giddings, a certified teacher of Judy Niemeyer, and an expert in paper and curved piecing. She shared highlights of her quilting journey with us and she described the extensive and demanding 2 year certification process with Judy.
Prior to the meeting, Sherida conducted a workshop in Arnprior on the Desert Sky paper pieced pattern. At the meeting's Show and Tell, Gwen Pennings showed the block she pieced at the workshop, pictured here..
Here are some of the quilts Sherida included in her trunk show. Click on a photo to enlarge it. More photos of Sherida's quilts can be found on Sherida's Web site and on her Quiltworx Bio page.