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Crime Stoppers of Grey-Bruce News

About 100 people were on hand Wednesday April 10th morning, at St. Anthony's Parish Hall, Kincardine, as the Kincardine Sunset Quilters' Guild presented a donation quilt to Crime Stoppers of Grey-Bruce, for a quilt raffle.

The guild members had designed and sewn the beautiful, colourful quilt, and were pleased to present it to Margaret Visser of Kincardine and Betty Egerdeen of Port Elgin, board members of Crime Stoppers of Grey-Bruce. Making the presentation, were guild president Lydia Kus, and Ann Finlayson who organized this quilt project, from buying the fabric and arranging a quilt bee to making blocks and the finished quilt.

Visser thanked the guild for the quilt and for supporting the organization. She explained that Crime Stoppers does solve crimes but only with support from the communities within Bruce and Grey counties does the organization have the funds to continue. Crime Stoppers will be selling raffle tickets for the quilt throughout the summer and the draw will be in September.

The crowd then enjoyed viewing the Quilts of New Zealand Trunk Show, presented by the Ailsa Craig Quilt and Fibre Festival. The festival runs May 20-25 at the Ailsa Craig Rec Centre, 155 Annie Ada Shipley Street, Ailsa Craig, Ontario. More than 100 quilts will be there to view, as well as quilting workshops, and a merchant mall.

Sights and scenes of New Zealand and Australia were featured in the trunk show. The quilts reflect the Maori culture and civilization, flora and fauna, and scenes from the every day life of the islands.

New Zealand has a moderate temperature and quilts were largely unknown. Wool was used for exporting. However, the art was brought to the islands from Britain in the last century, and wool was a readily-available material.

The display showcased Maori symbols. Some represent “conversations” (where the symbols go in opposite directions then turn and meet), or a reverence for wildlife.

Local Maori legends explain that the Moraeki boulders are remains of an Aria-te-uru (a large sailing canoe). The patterns, according to legend, are the shadows of fishing nets. These large spherical boulders wash up on the shore in Koekohe Beach, New Zealand. The quilts were hand-dyed and hand-treated.
Courtesy of the Kincardine Record
-- with additional information from Margaret Visser