Kemptville Branch

Kemptville Branch membersLocated 38 km south of Ottawa, the Kemptville Branch of Victoria’s Quilts Canada (VQC) was established in 2002 with just 11 individuals. Now comprising over 60 members, it usually holds monthly meetings the third Saturday of each month in Kemptville’s St. John’s United Church Hall under the church’s Outreach Program.

These working “Bees” are used to cut and piece quilt tops as well as pin the quilt layers together, so that they can then be quilted. Not all members stay for the whole day, but most do stay for the “brown bag” lunch and the quilt show that follows. Twice a year, in December and May, the group holds a pot luck luncheon.

New members, especially new quilters, are appointed a “buddy” and taken under the wings of an experienced quilter. This has resulted in confident quilters and new friendships.

The Kemptville Branch is very active within its community and, over the years, has participated in numerous quilt shows, county fairs, craft bazaars and historical events that have included the Upper Canada Village Quilt Show, the Merrickville Car Show and the Spencerville Heritage Fair.

Kemptville Branch membersThe Branch now produces nearly 200 quilts a year. About half of these are hand-delivered to recipients living in the area bounded by Rideau River to the north, St. Lawrence River to south, Merrickville to the west and Winchester to the east. The remainder are either delivered to Brockville or sent to VQC’s National Office, to supplement their nation-wide delivery needs.

If you would like to learn more about the Kemptville Branch and see how you too can help, please contact: kemptville@victoriasquiltscanada.com.

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Updated: April 24, 2018