Quilter’s Guild present Prince Edward County-themed quilt to hospital

WARM, HOMEY FEELING- (From left) Prince Edward County Quilter's Guild members Nancy Hicks and Janet Reader Day hold up a county-themed quilt created by Guild members and presented to the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital for display in the local frontline healthcare facility. (Jason Parks/Gazette Staff)



It could be said Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital represents the best of Prince Edward County.

Our “House of Healing”, as the late Al Capon described it, is among the county’s most celebrated civic installations.

But just because the hospital is institutional in nature doesn’t mean it has to feel as such.

Take a quick tour through PECMH and there is painted artwork, historical artifacts and infographics about today’s modern medicine practices.

And now you can add fabric art to the array that makes PECMH feel more like a home.

Courtesy of the Prince Edward County Quilter’s Guild, a 24 panel quilt called ‘Window on Prince Edward County’ will hang in the hallway near the Diagnostic Imaging suite.

The quilt is the product of a PECQG challenge. Each of the 22 challenge Participants, (all guild members) selected a phrase describing a local scene then created a block portraying that scene.

Each block is labelled and signed on the back.

Certain blocks illustrate leisure activities: sailing on aqua, post storm tossed waters, going to the beach, searching for barn quilts, selecting  local produce  at a farmer’s market, berry picking, biking down a side road, the “County Whirlers” barn dancing, visiting an art gallery, touring wineries, discovering how Bird House City represents actual local buildings, gawking at the architecture of century old buildings, taking photographs of the soft colours in a winter sunset, gorgeous autumn colours, or of simple ditch plants.

Amelia’s Star Block represents the former Ameliasburgh Township and the colours come from the coat of arms hanging in the Ameliasburgh Heritage Village Town Hall.

Lighthouses played a role in safely navigating Lake Ontario and a pair of lighthouses are featured on the quilt including the iconic lighthouse on Main Duck Island.

An appeal to preserve the Blanding Turtle’s habitat significantly delayed wind turbine development in hence the turtle block.

Migratory birds represent the freedom we enjoy. Many blocks illustrate two of our greatest resources, wildlife and an abundant supply of fresh water.

“From each block shines the love for our small part of Canada, the Island of Prince Edward County,” Guild President Janet Reader Day said. “The goal of this quilt is to distract the public and entertain the patrons of PECMH.”