Located in Ontario, the Woodstock/Oxford Branch started as a Friends Group attached to the Waterloo/Wellington Branch in March 2015, after Dianne Roberts, a quilter from the Sudbury Branch of Victoria’s Quilts Canada (VQC) moved to Woodstock. The group quickly grew and, in mid-August, split off to form its own Branch. We currently have 30 members, some quilting for the first time, others regularly displaying their quilts in local shows. Members live in numerous surrounding towns in Oxford County, including Ingersoll, Innerkip, Tillsonburg, Aylmer, Woodstock and surrounding rural areas, plus one individual in London.
As the membership steadily grew, a few ladies from Tillsonburg organized a Friends Group in Tillsonburg. This group quickly grew to about 15 ladies who meet the third Wednesday of each month.
Our Branch meets at the Sally Creek Recreation Centre in Woodstock on the first and third Thursdays of each month from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. During our meetings, kits are cut, quilt tops are sewn, quilts are pinned, bags are prepared, and the best part of all – finished quilts are viewed. Each meeting we are amazed at the finished quilts that demonstrate the creativeness and dedication of all involved. At the end of each session, more kits, and quilt tops, are signed out to be worked on at home.
As news of our existence spreads, the requests for quilts steadily increases, and our estimated 6 – 8 quilt requests per month has quickly grown to nearly 15 each month. So far, we are able to keep ahead of the deliveries with the production of 15 – 20 quilts each month.
While the initial purpose of volunteering with Victoria’s Quilts Canada is to provide comfort to those battling cancer, one quickly becomes aware of other ‘perks’. This is a great way to form friendships with a wide variety of community members, to develop your quilting skills, not to mention to enjoy a day of laughing, sewing, admiring other’s creations, and feeling a part of a community who cares not only for each other but for complete strangers. New volunteers are always welcome. Assistance can also be provided through donations of cotton materials, flannel, and funds.
Funding and other activities
Presentations at numerous organizations in the area has assisted in our fundraising, including Lions Clubs, quilt guilds, churches, and our most successful event, “100 Women Who Care Oxford”. We are currently working with a local amateur theatre. Preview production seats are sold to charities at a reduced cost, which are then resold to raise funds.
- 100 Women Who Care (online article posted January 2016 on Snapd Woodstock)
|Some quilts made by Woodstock/Oxford volunteers (click on image to view slide show)|
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