Ev­ery quilt has a story: quil­ters show work and raise money for char­ity

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There is mean­ing and sig­nif­i­cance be­hind any work of art, and quilts are no dif­fer­ent.

Moose Jaw’s Qu­razy Quil­ters hosted a quilt show at West Park Cross­ing Re­tire­ment Com­mu­nity Fri­day af­ter­noon. There was a pie and cof­fee sale with all of the pro­ceeds go­ing to the Alzheimer’s So­ci­ety.

There were more than 20 quilts on dis­play of all shapes and sizes, from large quilts to a small cir­cu­lar quilt made out of old ties. The one that stood out as unique, how­ever, was a cow­boy boot quilted in pinks, reds and a lot of hearts.

Marj Ni­colle’s cow­boy book quilt had a heck of a story to it too. When her hus­band Chub Ni­colle passed away in June 11, 2016, one of his old cow­boy boots was used as an urn for his re­mains. “It took a month and a week af­ter he went into the hos­pi­tal and he went to sleep and for­got to wake up. He was 89. He said, ‘I don’t want a fu­neral Marj,’” said Marj Ni­colle, who also had a quilt with 99 hearts on the front of it on dis­play. “I was talk­ing to his brother who was help­ing me make ar­range­ments and he said, ‘what are you go­ing to do with that other boot in the closet?’ and I said, ‘damned if I know!’ He said, ‘well what good is one boot?’ So, three months later... I’m think­ing in the mid­dle of the night and I thought: I used that boot for him and I’ll get this one. I’ll have my quilted hearts ma­te­rial and put in on that boot.”

Chub’s boot is at Saint Co­lum­bia Angli­can Church on Hwy. 202 near Buf­falo Pound where Marj will one day join him in her boot. “That’s where all of his re­la­tions are,” Ni­colle said. “That’s where he is, my daugh­ter-in-law and son are there and that’s where I’m go­ing. I had two quil­ters help me and I told them, ‘don’t for­get, I’m sup­posed to be in that boot, out there. Not out there with the boot in the closet.’”

The Qu­razy Quil­ters (pro­nounced ‘crazy’) are hand-quil­ters who are also mem­bers of the Moose Jaw Prairie Hearts Quil­ters Guild. The 12-per­son group be­gan in 2002. Some other lo­cal quil­ters from out­side the Qu­razy Quil­ters also had works on dis­play. “One of the girls in our group (Elsie Car­rick) lives here and she has had a cou­ple of quilts set up, up­stairs where we’ve come and quilted on them. I’m not sure if she ap­proached them, but West Park Cross­ing asked if we would bring some of our quilts in and do a show, and we would with the pro­ceeds for the Alzheimer’s So­ci­ety,” said Linda Owens from the Qu­razy Quil­ters. “We came and set up this morn­ing and we hope some peo­ple will come and en­joy them.”

At times dur­ing the af­ter­noon there was more than a dozen peo­ple look­ing at the quilts, while oth­ers en­joyed pie and cof­fee in an ad­ja­cent room. Quilts were dis­played on stair­cases, hung from rail­ings and set up on easels pro­vided by lo­cal quilt shop Quil­ters Haven.

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