By Elli Kohnert
Discussions about improving senior’s lives are currently going on at all levels of government, especially in the area of healthcare, but so far most improvements suggested for senior’s lives are still in the planing stage.
However, in the Barriere area, several women in their senior years have come together to create just such an ‘improvement’ by forming a Thursday Quilting Group, meeting at the North Thompson Volunteer Centre in the Ridge.
Although they say the idea to form a group started, “just for the fun of it”, they find it also gives them social interaction and the joy of engaging their creativity regardless of advancing years.
When asked if they create their lovely quilted items to be sold, they replied that was a possibility, but it was not the main reason.
“We do not want to sit at home and wonder where all the joy has gone. Instead we use our common interest in quilting to feel good because we are spending our time creating beautiful fiber arts that may become a special gift to someone, sometime.”
Rather than waiting for government agencies to plan their lives for them, this group of happy quilters have created their own path to a more fulfilling life by enjoying the labour of creativity and the camaraderie experienced by quilting as a group.