Richmond Area Quilters Guild Gives Back to the Village of Richmond!
submitted by Sue Dewar
TThe Richmond Area Quilters Guild (RAQG) is a local Guild comprised of stitchers and quilters from the area. Founded by a handful of interested quilters back in 1999, they met monthly in the Richmond arena. Today, they have approximately 100 members, who meet once a month at the Richmond Legion. Some of their activities include making ‘Quilties’ for newborns at the QCH, collecting for the local food bank, sharing ideas, encouraging creativity, inviting guest speakers to inspire them, building their resource library, and of course, socializing!
Back in the spring of 2018, some members took on a ‘slice quilt’ challenge, in support of the Richmond 200th anniversary celebrations. Photographs of heritage buildings and events were taken from around the village; groups of four quilters were given a portion of the photograph to recreate, using fabric. Once completed, the segments were reunited – the results were outstanding! Perhaps you saw them on display at the 2018 Richmond Fair!
Members of RAQG have kindly donated three of these slice quilt projects. One will be going to the local Fire Hall, complete with an intricate hand carved hanger, fire hose straps, and City of Ottawa badges, which was designed and crafted by Charlie Brimley.
The other two have been donated to the Richmond Agricultural Society, to be permanently displayed in their beautiful dining hall on the Fair grounds. These additions tie in nicely with the upcoming 175th celebration of the Richmond Fair, in September 2019.
A huge thank you to those members of the RAQG for these creative and unique gifts of art, proudly depicting the historic village of Richmond. Members of the Guild couldn’t think of a better place to feature these slice quilts, definitely, they have found good homes!
RAQG is always welcoming new members! For further information, please contact President Julia Watts, at 613 825-4955.