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Ruth Zelin­ski of Vik­ing, Alta., says, “Back in the late 1980s, the res­i­dents of the Vialta Lodge Se­niors Home here in town used to raise money for items needed around the lodge, as well as for en­ter­tain­ment, by host­ing teas and fall bazaars. I re­call one project in par­tic­u­lar— a quilt. Each res­i­dent and staff mem­ber was given a 9-inch by 9-inch square of polyester cot­ton, printed with birds or flow­ers to em­broi­der. Some did it them­selves while oth­ers had fam­ily mem­bers or friends do it for them. The centre of the quilt had a square with the words ‘Car­ing and Shar­ing, 1989, Vialta Lodge Se­niors, Cit­i­zens, Res­i­dents and Staff, Vik­ing, Al­berta’ along with a pic­ture of the lodge as it was in 1960. Muriel Otto, a staff mem­ber at the time and now a res­i­dent, wrote and em­broi­dered each per­son’s name on their square. All the names were em­broi­dered the same colour as the back­ground of the quilt. It was even­tu­ally auc­tioned off at the fall bazaar for $400. I’ve been re­tired from the Vialta Lodge for 20 years, but I still en­joy quilt­ing as a hobby.”

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