Bennington Life Quilt Workshop
North Bennington resident Lindy Lynch had saved items of clothing, curtains and other things for most of her life, hoping that a day would come when she would be able to create something. When she decided she wanted to create a quilt for her grandchild, she contacted Bennington’s Sue Martell, who, in just a few weeks, presented Lindy with the handmade quilt she had always wanted. “What a special moment I had when I gave it to my daughter at her baby shower,” said Lindy, “along with a note about all the things that went into the quilt, including baby items she had worn. Around the same time, Lindy’s husband Kevin had been diagnosed with colorectal cancer. The couple own and run Kevin’s Sports Bar and Restaurant in North Bennington. Kevin was only just beginning the path to his recovery when Lindy was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was not even through treatment when she learned she also had melanoma, a rare form of skin cancer. She underwent weeks of therapy, prompting her to start a bucket list – which included making her own life quilt. She says the process of thinking about the events in her life and finding the items to create the quilt kept her positive. “You have no idea how it feels to see your life’s events put onto a quilt until you are standing in front of (it). So many people have done so much for me through this battle with cancer – I would like to give back,” remarked Lindy. “Sue has agreed to help me to offer a workshop for anyone wanting to create one of these special quilts for themselves.”
The free Life Quilt Workshop will be held at The Antique Center at Camelot Village on Saturday, January 9, from 1 to 3 p.m. Learn how to start your own life quilt project and the basic forms to help you get started. If you already have a project you are working on, you are welcome to bring it. Attendance will be limited to seven per class. Contact Sue early at 518-260-9134 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Antique Center at Camelot Village is located at 66 Colgate Heights, Bennington.