Fabric of community
Quilt show attracts hundreds each year
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