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Fran Howard (left) holds up one of her quilts with help from Material Girls club members Rita Toews and Leone Newton.

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Fran Howard (left) holds up one of her quilts with help from Material Girls club members Rita Toews and Leone Newton. Photo Store

Fran Howard saw a quilt of which she was quite fond.

So she recreated it.

The North Kildonan resident saw Hope by Japanese quilter Kikuyo Miyashita in the June/July 2012 edition of Quilters Newsletter, and was inspired to create a version of it.

"I wanted to do something different, something other than the basic quilt that’s all blocks that are the same," Howard said. "It caught my eye, and I took some time figuring out how to put it together here."

Howard has a large cache of fabrics she was able to make use of when approaching the colourful quilt, though she noted she did have to nab some extra yellows when putting it together. She estimated it took approximately two to three months to complete.

"I do a lot of quilting," Howard said. "I tell people I don’t do housework, but that’s not totally true."

The nine-patch-style quilt will be one of nearly 100 quilts on sale during the Material Treasures 2013 Quilts and Stitchery show put on by the Material Girls of East St. Paul. The show will be held out of the club’s home base, the East St. Paul 55+ Activity Centre at 262 Hoddinott Rd. on Oct. 5 and 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Howard said funds raised will be put back into the group.

"We don’t expect to make a profit, but we’d like to break even," Howard said.

Club member Rita Toews of East St. Paul said members are so dedicated to the quilts they’re not going to let them out of sight.

"We are having some of the group members sleep here for the two nights to safeguard the quilts," Toews said. "These quilts are worth hundreds of dollars."

As well, group member Johanna Handford will be performing the harp at the show.

Howard, who used to live in East St. Paul, said she made her first quilt at her grandmother’s when she was still in high school, and had been in and out of the hobby before committing to the Material Girls, started by Leone Newton, in 1998.

"I have no idea where that quilt went. It’s long gone. I probably gave it to a boyfriend," Howard chuckled. "When I was newly married, I did a bit more when I was home with the kids, and then dropped it again, and picked it up again.

"A big quilting movement got going, and I got into it again."

The club rotated its meeting spots between members’ homes before teaming up with the 55+ Activity Centre in 2006. It now boasts approximately 20 members.

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