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Quilting catching on in the Point

ROUSES POINT - Fibre Junction owners Jennifer Taffner and Carole Prevost-Meier have found a unique way to learn about history.

The quilt shop, which opened in May 2009, has already been through one Block of the Month - where quilters literally complete one block a month, completing a full quilt by the end of the year.

Prevost-Meier explained they first began the program when they first opened, completing Women of Influence, with each block representing a woman who served an important role in history, including Sojourner Truth, Lucretia Mott, and Susan B. Anthony.

The shop is now looking to begin two more Block of the Month quilts this month, including Civil War Chronicles to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the war, and the Farmer's Wife sample.

"Each block has the history to it," explained Prevost-Meier of the Civil War Chronicles. "What they're doing is basically researching the women that were the wives of key people."

As for the Farmer's Wife, the quilt will be based on a contest held by the popular magazine.

"Basically this was a contest back in 1922 put out by the Farmer's Wife Magazine, and in a nutshell, they wanted women to write in and tell why they think their daughter should or should not marry a farmer," Prevost-Meier explained, adding each square of the quilt represents some of the letters written into the magazine.

Those interested in taking part in the Block of the Month program can either have the pattern and fabrics shipped to them, or can be picked up at the store, located at 69 Lake St.

Prevost-Meier said the shop also offers other quilting clubs.

"We also do a club which we call Jo's Little Women's Club," she said. "We meet once a month and I've got six women that come in and we just talk about history, we make a project a month, and we show off our project and then we have dessert and coffee and tea."

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