Fab­ric of com­mu­nity

Quilt show at­tracts hun­dreds each year

Cape Breton Post - - NEWS -

The 10th an­niver­sary of the “Cel­e­brat­ing Quilting at the Cause­way” quilt show will take place from Aug. 7-17 at St. David’s His­toric Church at the en­trance to Cape Bre­ton Is­land in Port Hast­ings.

The quilt show and sale be­gan 10 years ago as one of the fea­tured events dur­ing the 50th birth­day cel­e­bra­tions of the Canso Cause­way.

The event draws hun­dreds of visi­tors ev­ery year from across Canada, the US, and coun­tries from around the globe in­clud­ing Switzer­land, the Nether­lands, and Ger­many. Many visi­tors re­turn on an an­nual ba­sis to view the dis­plays or pur­chase quilts.

Co-or­di­na­tor Barb MacIn­tyre said there is more ex­cite­ment this year with the 10th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion.

“Since the show’s in­cep­tion, we have dis­played over 1,000 quilts in this beau­ti­ful church and have seen an in­crease in num­bers of both visi­tors and lo­cal quil­ters who have sub­mit­ted their works," she said in a news re­lease. "By hav­ing the show run for 10 days this sum­mer, we hope to ac­com­mo­date many more visi­tors who come to our is­land look­ing for qual­ity hand-crafted quilts made by lo­cal quil­ters.”

The quilt show and sale is one of the largest in Cape Bre­ton and will fea­ture more than 100 quilts dis­played on the pews in the church or hang­ing from the rafters. Cathy Ma­cLean of Port Hast­ings, clerk of ses­sion for St. David’s Church, said the sale is im­por­tant for them. “Cel­e­brat­ing Quilting at the Cause­way has be­come one of our ma­jor fundrais­ers," she said. "The church re­ceives the pro­ceeds from the do­na­tion jar at the en­trance which goes to­wards the up­keep of the 129-year-old church. In ad­di­tion, the quil­ters very gen­er­ously give St. David’s a per­cent­age of the sale from each quilt sold. This event is a huge ben­e­fit to the church fi­nan­cially.”

In the past two years, the show has raised more than $4,000 for the church.

In ad­di­tion to pro­vid­ing visi­tors with an amaz­ing vis­ual dis­play and sale, the show of­fers quil­ters from Cape Bre­ton Is­land and the area the op­por­tu­nity to pro­mote their craft, their qual­ity work­man­ship, and gives them a venue to sell their items. Tra­di­tional and mod­ern quilts, from baby size to king size, will be avail­able in the church, while smaller items such as wall hang­ings, ta­ble run­ners, and place­mats, will be for sale in the church hall. Strait area quil­ters will demon­strate the art of quilting on a quilt that will be set up on a tra­di­tional wooden frame. Visi­tors will be able to watch the quil­ters, ask ques­tions, and learn the skill of quilting by tak­ing a few stitches of their own. The fin­ished quilt will be used as an ad­di­tional fundraiser for the church.

Lo­cal en­ter­tain­ment and re­fresh­ments will be of­fered in the church hall dur­ing the quilt show. The show is hosted by the Ocean Waves Quilt So­ci­ety of Cape Bre­ton and Strait Area Quil­ters.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 902-625-1546.

The quilt show will run from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. each day.

“Since the show’s in­cep­tion, we have dis­played over 1,000 quilts in this beau­ti­ful church.”

Co-or­di­na­tor Barb MacIn­tyre

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