New quilting group seek to bring comfort to cancer patients

Eric McCarthy
Published on June 19, 2014

Cancer survivors, front row from left, Jeannette Gaudet, Eleanor Perry and Anne Marie McInnis, snuggle up in the special quilts they received through Victoria’s Quilts Canada. They, along with, standing, Edith Hogan and Joan Fennessey, are the founding members of the national non-profit organization’s new Tignish Branch.

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TIGNISH -- Eleanor Perry recalls getting a special quilt from Victoria’s Quilts Canada while she was battling cancer.
“It felt very good to receive a quilt, said Perry, adding, “it’s cold when you’re sitting in the chemo room.”

The cancer survivor subsequently requested special quilts from Victoria’s Quilts Canada for two other friends who were battling cancer, Anne Marie McInnis and Jeannette Gaudet, who graciously accepted their gifts.

The non-profit charitable organization provides quilts to people with cancer. It has been doing so since the organization was first established in Ottawa in 1998. Since that time branches of Victoria Quilts have sprouted all across Canada.

With the June 1 formation of a Tignish branch, Victoria Quilt now has branches in every             province. The organization has grow to 1,000 volunteers, It recently delivered its 25,000th quilt.

Perry and the two women she requested quilts for are among the five founding members of the Tignish branch. McInnis is branch president, Perry is treasurer and Gaudet is a coordinator. Other founding members are Edith Hogan, coordinator, and Joan Fennessey, secretary.

The Tignish branch will serve all of Prince County. Anyone knowing of a cancer patient from Prince County who is battling cancer can phone Perry at 882-3895, or email her at to request a quilt. Any cancer patient is able to receive one, but only once in their lifetime.

The quilts come n three sizes, adult, youth and child, and all the quilt tops must be 100 per cent cotton and bottoms 100 per cent flannelette.

Although the Tignish branch is just three weeks old, it has been in the planning stages for a while and the members already have 27 quilts ready for delivery.

The quilts the cancer survivors in the Tignish branch received all came through the national branch.

The quilts are meant to provide both physical comfort and spiritual comfort. A scripture verse, Joshua 1:9, is stitched to the corner of every quilt: “Be strong and of good courage, do not be afraid nor be dismayed for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

The Tignish branch members, knowing the amount of cancer in the Prince County area, anticipate great demand for the special quilts and are seeking more volunteers to assist with the work, including quilters, fundraisers, and people to cut, assemble and press fabric and deliver finished quilts. Donations in support of the cost are welcome. Anyone who can help out in any capacity is asked to contact Joan Fennessey at 882-2982 or, or contact Perry.