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Arnold’s Cove community group finishes Frank’s Quilt

Community quilters with Frank’s quilt.
Community quilters with Frank’s quilt. - Contributed

Quilt to be displayed at the Drake House

The completed quilt.
The completed quilt.

Arnold’s Cove, N.L.

Newfoundland and Labrador


There’s a new addition coming to the Drake House in Arnold’s Cove — a quilt crafted by members of the community to adorn Frank Drake’s bed, which has long been bare.

The quilt is a ‘crazy quilt’, meaning that it has no set pattern, just a patchwork of different materials and designs.

Lori Hollett, heritage coordinator with the Town of Arnold’s Cove, says this design is less intimating for those just learning the craft of quilting, and it’s an accurate portrayal of how quilts from back in the day would have looked, as people used whatever material they had on hand to make their quilts.

Participants were encouraged to bring their own material with them to the sessions that ran through September.

"Everybody can say I contributed to it,” Hollett told The Packet.

“They can go to the Drake House and say, ‘This is my little piece right here.’”

The project was aimed at introducing the art of quilting to those who are unfamiliar with it.

“That was the hope, that we could get people into quilting,” said Hollett, adding she had never quilted before she participated in this project.

“I brought along my sewing machine, and I was very intimidated at first, but I did manage to sew some pieces and put some together.”

The quilt was finished Tuesday, Sept. 18, with the assistance by the quilters’ guild in Arnold’s Cove, led by Judy Kelly.

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