Auburn church displays treasured collection of quilts

Nancy Kelly
Published on August 25, 2014

quilt chancel

The inaugural quilt show at St. Mary’s Anglican Church in Auburn transformed the interior of the building into a comforting and eclectic combination of colours, patterns and textures.

A total of 54 quilts, made by congregation members and friends, were on display in the church Aug. 22 and 23. Among those were heritage quilts and full size hand-quilted, machine-quilted and small quilted pieces.

“It is a wonderful collection, every one of these quilts has a story to tell” enthused "‘Blessed are the piecemakers" event organizer Twila Robar-Decoste, whose harp performances complemented the show, as did a tea and several presentations by experienced quilters.

Harbourville quilter Jean Huntley Maynard was on hand during the show to discuss the “star of the show,” her Kells Quilt, which she recently gifted to St. Mary's.

Maynard’s colourful fabric interpretation of one of the illuminated pages of the Irish Book of Kells now hangs in the Chancel at the front of the church. After taking two years to complete the quilt, she knew she didn’t want to sell it.

“I wanted it to honour the memory of my mother and aunt, who had both passed away, and it just felt right to donate it to St. Mary’s,” explained Maynard of her decision to donate the quilt.

“It truly is an honour to have it hanging in the Chancel of the church,” she added.