A recent visit to O'Leary, Prince Edward Island, to purchase material was an interesting experience of colour, texture, pattern, and design. The store sold material and wool but quilts as well. One could spend hours looking at the quilted items alone.
The material, all displayed in shades of colour, caught the eye.
The wool did too, with skeins from the island woolen mill on prominent display.
One surprise was phentex "wool." Who knew that man-made polyester "wool" was still in production? It warmed the feet of many of my family and friends years ago as everyone knit slippers. Today people are more concerned with natural fibers though this product is still available.
My favourite quilt was the black and white one on prominent display.
It was the most expensive of the ones we checked at $1600.00. However, there were many quilts which were more reasonably priced.
As I looked over the beautiful handiwork, I thought of the old quilt which I inherited from my mother, made for her years ago by our family friend, Clara.
This multi-coloured quilt is heavy, warm and made with love from pieces of clothing worn by her family over the years.
It is the style of quilts made by our Newfoundland foremothers. Priceless!