Weaver, Carrie

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                                        CARRIE WEAVER
                                       By Margery MacRae

DOAKTOWN – Carrie Weaver of Doaktown has made over 50 quilts in the last 40 years.

This year one of her entries is attracting a lot of attention. It was on display at the annual quilt fair at the Doaktown Salmon Museum.

The fair is held during the third week of July. This year’s fair was open from July 12-22.

“I wanted to make something that required a lot of work,” she said, adding that she had seen a picture of a pillow with one boot on it in a magazine and thought she would make pairs of boots for her quilt.

Each boot has a dozen buttons sewn on it, just like the boots worn by women a century ago.

Weaver said she made her first quilt shortly after her marriage and recalls that it was a rose pattern. “I never made the same pattern twice,” she said, “because it’s not a challenge if I do. Everything I do has to be perfect. If it is not, it bothers me and I will have to do the whole thing over.”

As for entering other competitions where handwork is judged, Weaver says she does not do much of that because it involves having to transport her quilts to the destination and then returning to pick them up. “There is also the worry if you will get them back safely. There is just so much work put into them that you certainly don’t want to lose them.”

However, a number of years ago she decided to enter a provincial competition in Moncton where she was awarded first prize for her Boston Common quilt. “I received a knitting machine as my prize,” she laughed.

Weaver says she very seldom sells any of her quilts.

In addition to making quilts, she also knits and does many other crafts, including making bird ornaments. “I make those by the dozen from muslin and with little lace-trimmed wings. I usually decorate them with beads and silk roses. These are a very popular item at sales I attend.”

Already Weaver is planning a quilt for her next winter’s project. “I am going to start the Dunkard’s Path pattern. I got some books at the library and saw a design I like. Every block will have a name, for example, one will be falling timbers. It’s going to be rose and off-white, with a background of roses.”

Another quilt which catches the eye at the Doaktown Quilt Fair is one made by the Women’s Institute in Holtville about 45 years ago and presented to Mary (Fowler) Fairley for helping to deliver so many babies in the Boiestown area, about 104 in all. Many of the names of these babies are on the quilt. Most of the deliveries were done without the assistance of a doctor. Mary graduated from nursing school in 1930 and delivered a father and his eldest son before retiring.

Another large quilt on display is one made for Richard and Vilda Amos on their 65th wedding anniversary. It was designed and the names written on it by their daughter. The drawing of their home, which centres the quilt, was done by a grandson and quilted by her daughters.

This quilt holds a great many memories for the Amos family, especially since the passing of their father in February. They would have celebrated their 74th wedding anniversary on July 12.

Source: Miramichi Leader – July 26, 1996

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