• James Parry

Hudson Village Quilters create Night Comfort for Palliative Care


HVQ president, Marlise Horst, and stalwart member, Carol Outram, together with David May of May's Studio which has generously donated the publicity photography, in front of their charity quilt to be raffled off to raise funds for the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence this May.

Back in 1997, a small bevy of local sewing enthusiasts formed a group that quickly became known as the Hudson Village Quilters (HVQ). And today, this amazing group of women has steadily grown in size to a membership of over 70 exemplary artisans, second to none in the world of stitching.

Over the years, they have gained a reputation for their charity quilt projects, including those specifically created for the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence in Hudson where patients actually get to select the one that they would like on their bed.

In addition, since 1998, they have created one very special giant quilt that becomes the coveted prize at the group's biennial exhibition raffle, with the proceeds going in alternating years to NOVA and the Residence on Como Gardens. And this year, it is a real stunner.

Titled Night Comfort, started in October 2014 and completed 16 months later, it measures approximately 91 inches by 97 inches - a generous fit on a queen size bed - and is made up of over 1,500 individual patches of 100 per cent cotton. All pieced and quilted entirely by hand by virtually every HVQ member.

Explains Carol Outram, “Generous fabric contributions from our members made this quilt possible and contributed to the unique colour scheme. The design was inspired by British designer, Kaffe Fassett, and his quilt Diagonal Madness. However, ours departs from the original in both its size and colour choice while many of the old-fashioned-looking prints are based on historic Civil War era fabrics.”

Outram adds that it will be appraised prior to the group's exhibition on May 6-8 at the Stephen F. Shaar Community Centre in Hudson and is expected to be priced at around $4,000.

“Right now,” says Outram, “we are working on five other smaller quilts to be donated to the residence and work on our 2016 charity quilt will begin soon.”

The group meets every first and third Wednesday of the month from 9 a.m. to noon in the basement of Wyman Memorial United Church, 513 Main Road, in Hudson, September through June. Over coffee and the delights of home baking, they share information, skills, challenges and achievements with workshops, trunk shows and guest speakers also adding to the milieu.

Their mission statement, says Outram, includes the preservation of traditional patchwork and quilting skills, the exploration of the new, and the support of local charities. “Everyone is welcome to join us,” she adds. “And if you cannot sew, don’t worry. There are plenty of us to teach you.”

For more information on the Hudson Village Quilters and/or to obtain raffle tickets, email HudsonVillageQuilters@gmail.com or just drop by their meetings.

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