High­land Quilt Guild host­ing show Sept. 21, 22

The Casket - - HEALTH&WELLNESS - RICHARD MACKEN­ZIE richard­mac@the­cas­ket.ca

Stitched from the Heart; it’s a clever name for a quilt show … and very ap­pro­pri­ate for the one com­ing up in Antigo­nish.

The High­land Quilt Guild of Antigo­nish is host­ing its bi-an­nual quilt show, Sept. 21 and 22, at 75 St. Ninian Street; home to the Antigo­nish CACL and Royal Cana­dian Le­gion Ar­ras Branch 59, which was re­cently named the East Coast Credit Union So­cial Enterprise Cen­tre.

The lo­ca­tion is a late re­place­ment for St. James United Church.

Show time Fri­day goes from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., while on Satur­day it’s 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Guild pro­gram com­mit­tee member An­drea Boyd-white and ex­ec­u­tive co-chair Linda Kell noted this will be the group’s four­teenth show.

Kell said it’s a great op­por­tu­nity for mem­bers to dis­play their work while, per­haps, en­cour­ag­ing oth­ers to try the ac­tiv­ity.

Boyd-white said they saw a lot of peo­ple, dur­ing the last two shows at the church on Main Street, who just hap­pened to no­tice it was go­ing on and dropped in.

“And we hear it from a lot of peo­ple, ‘oh, I would love to do that,’” she said. “It may not be im­me­di­ately but, down the road when they re­tire and have some time on their hands, [they’ll try quilt­ing].”

As for what is new, Boyd-white said this year is the first for a ‘fea­tured quil­ter.’

“The fea­tured quil­ter this year is Carolyn Hud­son; she is a well-known and very pro­lific quil­ter,” Boyd-white said.

“She has en­tered and won lo­cal, pro­vin­cial, na­tional and, even, in­ter­na­tional con­tests. She is show­ing be­tween 15 to 20 quilts that are ret­ro­spec­tive of her jour­ney in quilt­ing.”

The show will in­clude ven­dors Mira Stitch’n Post (Fri­day and Satur­day), Mom’s Quil­tique (Fri­day) and Al­lie Cameron (Satur­day), as well as small hand­made items for sale and a silent auc­tion.

Ad­mis­sion is $5.

Large pro­ject

The guild is pleased to do a large com­mu­nity pro­ject each year and this year they fo­cused on quilts to be do­nated to the Jor­don Myles Foun­da­tion for the men­tal health unit at St. Martha’s Re­gional Hos­pi­tal.

“I think we’re go­ing to end up with 20 to 25 quilts to do­nate to them,” Boyd-white said, adding the group re­ally en­joys be­ing able to con­trib­ute to com­mu­nity causes through their pas­sion for quilt­ing.

“And men­tal health is such an im­por­tant one,” she added.

For more on the High­land Quilt Guild of Antigo­nish, visit their web­site at high­landquilt­guide.word­press.com.

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