Pals complete late friend’s quilt, raise €2.5K for hospice

by Aisling Kennedy

A GROUP of friends recently completed a beautiful quilt in memory of their friend and craft teacher, Rose Harris, who passed away in 2013.
Following Rose’s death three years ago, a bag with a couple of pieces of the unfinished quilt which Rose was working on was passed to the Blanchardstown Guild of the Irish Countrywomen’s Association (ICA) by chance, and the ICA ladies decided to honour their friend’s memory by finishing the quilt.
Maureen Caffrey, from the ICA Blanchardstown Guild, spoke to The Gazette this week about working on the quilt. She said Rose was one of a kind and is missed very much.
“Rose was a very good friend and also our craft teacher within the ICA. We met her more than 20 years ago, and from there we had her as our teacher almost constantly every Monday until a few years ago when she moved to Kilkenny with her husband, Tony.”
Maureen explained that even when Rose (above) moved to Kilkenny, the close-knit craft group still kept in touch and travelled up and down to see each other regularly.
Sadly, in 2013, Rose was diagnosed with lung cancer and passed away after a few months.
“When Rose realised that the treatment wasn’t working, she began to give away pieces and fabrics that she was working on and she passed this bag on to a friend of hers.
“By chance, this friend met a member of our Monday morning craft group, and she passed it on to us. So it was like Rose was on a mission to get this quilt to us! We decided then to take it on.”
Maureen said it took a group of more than eight women from the ICA’s Blanchardstown Guild almost two years to finish the quilt, along with the help of master quilt maker Pat O’Looney, from the Botanic/Glasnevin Guild.
The finished quilt was completed in a traditional American style, called ‘the log cabin design’.
Following the completion of the quilt, the ICA ladies raffled it off, and raised a total of €2,430 to present to the St Francis Hospice in Blanchardstown.
Maureen said: “Rose would’ve been over the moon at the finished quilt. I know certainly her husband Tony was. He was delighted, and his words were that ‘Rose would’ve been overly proud of her craftswomen in Blanchardstown’.
“We knew that Rose would be proud. This is why her bag came into our possession – for us to do something positive with it in her memory.”

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