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Going To The Peripheries

Geraldine Gordon, Associate

The Miramichi Quilt Guild of which I’ve been a member for 20 years, gives a quilt annually to an organization in the Miramichi area to sell tickets to raise money for their cause. In 2018, a quilt that I made was quilted by another Guild member, Betty Doyle. It was donated to Special Olympics Miramichi and they raised $6,250.00 in 11 months for their organization. The funds will be used February 21st - 23rd, 2019 when Miramichi hosts the NB Special Olympics Winter Games.

In 2018, the Miramichi Quilt Guild sent approximately 100 quilt tops with bags to match, to Victoria Quilts, a Canada wide organization that distributes quilts to cancer patients. The Guild also made adult bibs for nursing homes, placemats for Meals on Wheels, incubator covers for newborns at the Moncton City Hospital, and a quilt was also donated to the SPCA. The Guild also gave monetary donations to the Food Bank, Salvation Army and Hospice Miramichi. Some members belong to Helping Hands for Hospice as well.

One of the definitions of peripheries is “outward bounds.” The example we admire most is St. Marguerite who left her country, family, and comfortable life to go out to a new country where life was harsh and challenging. Many of us are unable to travel to a third world country such as Haiti or work in a ghetto, but we can use our talents to help those struggling in our communities whether their needs are physical, mental or financial.

Quilters are some of the most generous people I’ve been fortunate enough to meet and work with. The quilts they make are very seldom for themselves, but for someone in need of comfort, love, warmth and encouragement. Every scrap of fabric is used up; nothing is ever wasted. Our grandmothers salvaged the best parts of worn-out clothing to make covers for their beds. Quilters were friends of the environment long before it became trendy. Our boundaries may not extend as far as some, but we can bloom where we are planted. A periphery can be distant or nearby. Each of us can make a difference in somebody’s life, as long as our spirit is outward bound.


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