Quilters Host Valentine Tea


Pictured left to right: Joan Miller and guest, Sally Nelligan and guest. (Submitted photo).


The St. Croix International Quilters (SCIQ) hosted its annual Valentine Tea for the residents of the Methodist Homes in Calais on Saturday, February 5th.  The event began several years ago as a way to thank the residents whose recreation center is used by the quilters for workshops and business meetings.

Joan Miller is one resident who looks forward to the event each year. “She always comes and brings a friend,” says Mary Ann O’Brien who organizes the event. “I am only sorry that I couldn’t be there on Saturday for the tea. When I sent out the invitations, I asked each resident to bring her favorite teacup or mug and be prepared to tell us what made it so special but then I couldn’t be there. I had a real good committee and they pulled the whole thing together and I missed it. I missed their stories but my Aunt Pauline tells me it was a real good time.”  O’Brien’s aunt was a guest of resident Sally Nelligan who attended for the first time.

During the tea, residents and their guests talked for more than an hour about a wide range of topics and were then entertained in the second hour with a ‘show and tell.’ First the residents showed their cups and explained why they were so dear then the quilters in attendance displayed some of their works and the stories behind them.

“I never knew what I was missing,” mused Nelligan, “but I won’t miss it again. It was a wonderful afternoon, the sandwiches and sweets, the people, and the quilts. Oh, there are some very talented people here.”

The grand finale was “Scrappy Mountains Majesties,” a quilt designed by Bonnie K. Hunter and pieced by over twenty members of SCIQ. Patty Hagenaars, Fundraising Chair for the SCIQ said that members will be at various craft fairs and other locations throughout the next six months to sell tickets on the quilt.  The winner will be announced at the biennial quilt show with proceeds supporting the Ronald McDonald House in Bangor and the Ronald McDonald Family Room in Moncton. “We’re an international chapter of the Pine Tree Guild so it is only natural that our raffle benefit this international charity that helps children and their families,” she says.

The SCIQ holds its business meetings complete with a program on the third Wednesday of each month with workshops on the first Wednesday of the month (April through November) and the first Saturday of each month (January through November). Its biennial quilt show is scheduled for September 23 and 24 of this year. To learn more about this group, visit its website: www.stcroixquilters.com.