SCIQ Host Valentine Tea

Carmelle Garant (St. Stephen) checks to see if any of the Methodist Homes residents need a refill.

Calais—Residents of the Methodist Homes in Calais were treated to a Valentine Tea hosted by the St. Croix International Quilters (SCIQ) on Saturday, February 7, 2015. Mary Ann O’Brien, who organized the event, says that the tea is just one of many ways the quilters acknowledge the residents who share their rec center with the quilters.

“The tea is an annual event where the quilters serve residents finger sandwiches, sweets, and a hot beverage then entertain their guests with a show and tell of quilted projects and the charity work the quilters do for the people of Washington and Charlotte counties,” says O’Brien.

 “The Methodist Homes is a non-profit housing development for senior citizens and the disabled and the SCIQ is a non-profit chapter of the Pine Tree Quilters Guild of Maine, Inc.  We use their rec center and to say thank you we help them purchase things they need for the center. Last year it was air conditioners for this hall. But every year we like to do something more personal; that’s how this tea got started. We give the residents an afternoon to sit, enjoy a snack, and give them a show.”

Caramelle Garant of St. Stephen and O’Brien (Calais) each showed a quilt top fashioned from the same pattern to illustrate to the attendees how fabric choices and colors affect the overall appearance of a quilt and Liz Trouant explained how small spaces can be decorated with smaller quilted projects made from the Patchabilities line of patterns. Other quilters talked about the inspiration for their projects or explained a particular technique. Patty Hagenaars and Lynda Duplissea also shared some of their projects and explained how they came into being.


O’Brien wrapped up the afternoon by saying that next year the quilters want to move the tea to later in the year, perhaps early May.  Not all of the residents were happy but O’Brien explains, “the idea for the tea is a good one but in the winter not all of the residents can or want to leave their apartments and go out even as far as the rec center. We think that is why our numbers are down.” This year only 13 residents braved the colder temperatures and snow packed paths and walkways to come to the tea.  Several of the residents left with door prizes provided by the quilters and said they were looking forward to next year’s event, whenever it may be.