Thistle Quilt Guild sewing up 14th annual show


WESTVILLE – Members of the Thistle Quilt Guild are busy making final plans for their 14th annual quilt show.

The event will take place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Westville Civic Centre and the hall is wheelchair accessible. The woman are all abuzz collecting their finished quilts, seasonal articles and smaller items such as wall hangings, placemats, tea cozies, etc.

The displayed articles are only shown once and the vast majority of the articles on display have been finished this past year. What they have accomplished is a sight to behold.

A popular display is the Christmas tree with dozens of handmade decorations; Halloween items are always well liked as well.

There are 67 members in the guild and they expect to have approximately 370 articles on display.

They are a prolific group that usually meets on the third Wednesday of each month to sew together.  These gatherings are a mixture of mentoring, some serious sewing, camaraderie and a shared meal.  It is a great way for new members who are beginner quilters to get some free mentoring.

Monthly meetings are held  from 7 until 9 p.m. and there is an open invitation for anyone to come as a guest for the evening to see if they would like to join.

One highlight of the meetings is the show and tell section. It is wonderful to see what the members have completed and to get new ideas for that next project. There are always more ideas than there is time.

The guild subsidizes workshops throughout the year featuring local and out-of-province instructors.  The group also raises funds for local charities.

The show provides a lunch room where those attending can sit and enjoy tea in china cups, sweet loaves and cookies as part of the show’s fee of $5. The room is decorated with quilts and tea cozies and it is a chance to sit and enjoy the display.

There will be raffle tickets available for a quilt on display called French Braid.

Members quilted this beauty over the winter months. The lucky winner will be announced on the evening of June 8.  One member fashioned a bag to hold the quilt and that alone would be a treat to win. Members are anticipating another well-attend show.

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