The Lennoxville Quilters’ annual show is on this weekend. Get into the mood with a lovely children’s book, The Quilt Maker’s Gift.
It’s written by Jeff Brumbeau, with lush watercolour illustrations by Gail de Marcken (2000).
Once upon a time there was a quilt maker whose wares were so beautiful the rich were desperate to buy them. She refused to sell, instead giving them away to the poor, whenever she saw them shivering in the cold.
The quilt maker lives in the kingdom of a greedy ruler: “And yet with all these marvelous treasures to enjoy, the king never smiled. He was not happy at all. ‘Somewhere there must be one beautiful thing that will finally make me happy,’ he was often heard to say. ‘And I will have it!’”
Perhaps a quilt? But the quilter refuses the king.
Even imprisonment does not change her mind.
The king debases himself, and pleads. And she repeats that he must be poor in order to receive a quilt.
Following her instructions, he begins to travel, to give away his precious things, and to send her tokens from his wanderings. She makes them into a quilt.
Finally, many years later, she finds the king, poor. She can now give him the quilt she has made for him. And the king is happy.
The quilt show will make you happy. (And unlike the quilt maker, Lennoxville quilters aren’t nurtured by forest animals, so there’s an admission fee of $5; it’s worth it!) The show is Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at St. George’s Church Hall, at 84 Queen St. As for the book, reading it, along with a membership to the Lennoxville Library, is free for any resident of Sherbrooke.
– Eleanor Brown, September 5, 2014