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Donation from the hand and heart of the Hudson Village Quilters

By C.J. Maxwell



PHOTO COURTESY JOSÉE DESCOTEAUX

Hudson Village Quilters members Michelle Morisset (left) and Anne Laroche were part of a group of dedicated quilters who made a dozen beautiful creations and delivered them over the holidays to the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence – one for each bed.


A group of women in Hudson have stayed busy throughout the COVID-19 lockdown by pursuing their passion for quilting and despite social distancing rules, the group continues to meet online and wrapped up 2020 with a donation of a dozen quilts to the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence (VSPCR).

“Each quilt is more stunning than the last,” said VSPCR Executive Director Christine Boyle. “And what was very special was that on the back of every quilt, they included a stylized dragonfly which is our newly adopted symbol.”

Though the VSPCR’s original symbol was a butterfly, Boyle recounted the story of four previous patients who struck up a friendship during their stay at the residence.

“The four women would have their wine outside in the late summer on the patio, chatting up a storm.” The topic of how they would feel when one member passed away was broached but they weren’t too fazed by it. “Don’t worry,” they said. “There’ll be a sign.”

“Sure enough, one morning, one of the ladies didn’t get up,” said Boyle. “The others were outside having their coffee and when staff went to inform them of the news, they said they already knew. A dragonfly had landed and settled down on the table between them.”

Since then, the whole residence has adopted the dragonfly as their symbol, hence the addition of the hand-stitched dragonfly on the back of each quilt.


PHOTO COURTESY JOSÉE DESCOTEAUX

Pictured is one of the dozen handcrafted quilts created for the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence – one for each bed – and delivered over the holiday season.


“We are so fortunate,” said Boyle of the donation. “There wasn’t a dry eye in the house.”

The Hudson Village Quilters began monthly meetings in 1997 and welcomes both beginners and experts from as far away as Montreal and Ottawa. Group member Anne Laroche said new members are warmly welcomed and there is no charge during the time that meetings are being conducted through Zoom or phone.

If you are looking for virtual companionship and learning new skills during this unusual time and would like to join the group, please write to hudsonvillagequilters@gmail.com.

Check out our Facebook page to see all the donated quilts.


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