St. Croix International Quilters

Members of the Saint Croix International Quilters with a portion of the 264 Anti-Ouch Pouches stitched for Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Bangor. (Photo credit: Bonnie Hunter).

Members of the St. Croix International Quilters (SCIQ) recently participated in a “stay at home quilting challenge” that produced 264 Anti-Ouch Pouches for the Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Bangor.

Vice President (SCIQ) Liz Trouant will be delivering the pouches to Saint Joseph’s next week.  President Bonnie Hunter explained that since the winter weather often disrupts travel for workshops, the guild staged the “at home workshop” with a challenge: the quilter who made and delivered the greatest number to the March meeting would receive a prize. 

Mary Louise Peters of St. Stephen won with 44. Having been inspired to stitch for the cause when she learned that a friend was diagnosed with breast cancer, Peters said that as she sewed, she felt that she too would be giving comfort.

The Anti-Ouch Pouch is a soft pillow worn snugly against the underarm and cushions the area after breast surgery. It was designed by Deon Maas and is dedicated to her mother, Doris Lock, who taught her to sew. Both women are breast cancer survivors and members of the American Sewing Guild.

The SCIQ meets the third Wednesday of each month at the Methodist Homes Rec Center in Calais. Guests and new members are always welcome.