A beautiful sight
Centreville quilt show presents gorgeous creations
Organizers of the eighth annual Centreville Quilt and Rug Hooking Show recently had to find spaces for about 500 colorful handmade crafts.
Linda Cowan’s quilt, A Year in My Life, attracted a lot of attention. She pieced 365 blocks together and Leah Mintis quilted it.
A keen crafter, Mintis pointed out a room full of comfort quilts, which are donated to local charities, and another room lined with Brigadoon quilts.
“They go to the graduating children at 16 or 17,” she said. “They’re donated by the Peacemakers (in Centreville). They’re all a large lap quilt or a twin (size).”
The Cambridge resident added all the material for the quilts is donated, in addition to the time that it takes to make them.
Mintis explained the Peacemakers quilting group meets the community’s Baptist church, while the Pins and Needles group gathers on Thursdays in the Centreville hall.
Sharon Manzer noted the annual display takes considerable organization now. One day is devoted to set up, then another to registration. On the Thursday beforehand the men of the congregation come in to help hang the quilts.
Proceeds from the show, Manzer said, have aided in the repairs and renovations at the church.
The town and Country Quilt Guild from Port Williams celebrated their 15th anniversary with a display featuring the guild’s 30 members.
Mintis said the Canada 150 theme this year was featured by several quilters. One of them is being donated to Ronald Mcdonald House in Halifax.
The late rug hooker Ada Foote Macduff was honoured among a number of fine rugs. In addition, Bill and Ollee Tupper contributed a total of 45 rugs.
Visitors to the Baptist Church in the village made it a busy place all day – even the gym in the basement featured five craft businesses.
Linda Cowan’s year-long quilt project was among the most striking of the several hundred quilts displayed on May 13 in Centreville.
Young Maddox Eye of Centreville got a kick out of all the animals covering what was Jessica Gillis’ first quilt.
Two-year-old Isabelle Goldschlager of Halifax was visiting her grandmother and the quilt show in Centreville when she was captivated by a penguin design.