Thistle Guild to host quilt show May 25

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WESTVILLE — Members of the Thistle Quilt Guild are preparing for their annual quilt show.

The show is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Westville Civic Auditorium, where quilts of various sizes and descriptions will be displayed.

Stepping Stones is the theme for the event and is also the name given a special quilt that will be displayed that day for a raffle. Tickets are $1 each, while the winning ticket will be drawn on June 5. The guild boasts 80 members, while work on the special quilt began last September during the guild’s weekly sessions.

Gloria Turnbull is the president of the guild, which boosts about 80 members. Members gather every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for all or part of the time to work on quilts. The third Wednesday of each month is the guild’s meeting time.

“There will be about 400 items on display, from the size of a pair of slippers to queen-sized quilts,” she said.

Turnbull arrives at 9 a.m. to open the Westville Recreation Centre on Fox Brook Road and stays until 5 p.m.

“It’s very addictive,” she said. “I taught painting and it’s not like this. I always liked to sew.”

Quilting is a progressive activity for those who are devoted to it.

“Everyone comes in here with a new idea for designs or techniques,” she said. “Someone comes with a new ruler and then it’s the thing to buy.”

Juanita Atkins also enjoys quilting with the guild.

“I’ve been here since November,” she said. “I’ve been quilting off and on for 30 years.”

Thistle Quilt Guild member Juanita Atkins measures material for her project. (Goodwin photo)