By Maureen Coulter
Oct. 23, 2014
Penelope Player remembers the moment she wanted to learn how to make crazy quilts. It was after hearing the one regret her grandmother had.
Her grandmother, Isabelle, wept when she told her about the crazy quilt her mother, Elizabeth, made in the 1880s.
It was her pride and joy, said Isabelle.
Isabelle and her two sisters, Chelsea and Jessie, disliked the old-fashioned quilt and couldn’t throw it on a bonfire fast enough after Elizabeth died. Ten years later, it hit Isabelle what she and her sisters had done, destroyed their mother’s work.
“I always had it in the back of her mind that it would be nice to bring a crazy quilt back into the family,” said Player.
Player joined the Kindred Spirits Quilt Guild in 1992 and opted to stay as long as she was having fun.
Twenty-two years later, Player is still a member and submitted four crazy quilts into the Quilt Reflections Past and Present Quilt Show this October.
“I think a person could come every day and see something different. It is so rich and so vibrant.”
Every two years, the Kindred Spirits Quilt Guild features a quilt show and because of the 2014 Confederation Celebrations, they decided to salute the crazy quilt called the Confederation Quilt and have a crazy quilt section in the show this year.
The show ran from Oct. 17-19.
Player did a short workshop on how to make crazy quilt pincushions with a free pincushion kit to take home.
The wonderful thing about crazy quilting is that accuracy doesn’t count. There are no mistakes, she said.
“We have a saying in quilting that should be very inspirational to new quilters, ‘finished is better than perfect.’”
Approximately a 100 quilts were on display on quilt racks around the room at the Jack Blanchard Hall on Pond Street where the show took place.
Marg Weeks, co-chair of the Kindred Spirits Quilt Show said, “It’s a unique opportunity for us to show our quilts off.”
Weeks considers herself a novice quilter because many members produce more quilts than she does, however, she enjoys the process of creating something from a scrap of fabric.
The quilts at the show are considered works of art, so disposable rubber gloves were given to people so they could touch the quilts, said Weeks.