Quilt­ing to be cel­e­brated

Cape Breton Post - - Arts/Entertainment -

The art of quilt­ing will be cel­e­brated with the 12th an­nual quilt show and sale in Port Hast­ings.

The Cause­way Quilt Show and Sale will take place at St. David’s United Church from Aug. 10-15. It is one of the largest quilt show and sales in Cape Bre­ton and is ex­pected to fea­ture more than 100 quilts made by mem­bers of the Ocean Waves Quilt So­ci­ety.

The so­ci­ety is com­prised of 170 quilters pri­mar­ily from across Cape Bre­ton and Antigo­nish County.

The show, spon­sored by the Ocean Waves group and hosted by the Port Hawkesbury Tea Thyme Quilters, will have tra­di­tional and mod­ern quilts in all sizes avail­able for sale and dis­play. The ad­join­ing church hall will be filled with a va­ri­ety of smaller hand­crafted items.

The show will be open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. each day. Do­na­tions will be ac­cepted at the door and a per­cent­age of each sale will be put to­ward the up­keep of the his­toric St. David’s Church.

Port Hawkesbury quil­ter Barb Mac­In­tyre, a ju­ried mem­ber of the Cape Bre­ton Cen­tre for Craft and De­sign and a driv­ing force be­hind the quilt show since its in­cep­tion, be­lieves it will be an­other suc­cess­ful event.

“This quilt show is quite unique in that it fea­tures quilts and smaller hand­crafted items made by quilters and ar­ti­sans from all across the is­land and the Strait area,” she said in a news re­lease.

Mac­In­tyre says she is con­tacted through­out the year with ques­tions about the show.

“We draw visi­tors from across Canada, the United States and some Euro­pean coun­tries,” she said. “Of those who come to the show, many are re­peat visi­tors who plan their trips to Cape Bre­ton about this time to co­in­cide with the quilt show.”

A reg­u­lar fea­ture of the quilt show and sale is a demon­stra­tion in the church hall of hand quilt­ing done on a tra­di­tional wooden frame.

This year the quilt that will be part of the demon­stra­tion will be made and do­nated by the quilters to Hous­ing First, a fed­er­ally funded pro­gram to find hous­ing for chron­i­cally home­less in­di­vid­u­als.

The quilters were con­tacted by mem­bers of the Cape Bre­ton Coali­tion for So­cial Jus­tice seek­ing sup­port to pro­vide dou­ble and sin­gle quilts for clients in their new homes. Mac­In­tyre in­vites the pub­lic to come in and see the quilt­ing demon­stra­tion or par­tic­i­pate by quilt­ing or learn­ing to quilt, dur­ing the show. The quilters also in­vite any­one in the com­mu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in this project by do­nat­ing a new or slightly used quilt to the home­less project.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion about the Cel­e­brat­ing Quilt­ing at the Cause­way Quilt Show and Sale, con­tact Mac­In­tyre at 902-6251546 or visit the Face­book page, Cel­e­brat­ing Quilt­ing at the Cause­way Quilt Show and Sale.

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