A quota of quilts
Pigeon Inlet Quilters’ Guild display skills
Ascension Collegiate in Bay Roberts was a quilter’s paradise as the Pigeon Inlet Quilters’ Guild hosted its first show in its five-year history June 25-26.
“ Quilts From Pigeon Inlet” featured 150 quilts of various colours and intricate patterns made by 60 quilters from Old Perlican to Torbay.
Other handcrafted items, such as aprons, place-mats, table runners, and children’s blankets, were also on display. Unique quilts Each quilt reflected the individuality of its creator.
“ Some people like to do everything by hand. Others use their machines,” public relations officer Patricia Ivimey said last week.
Either way, “some of them could put their quilts anywhere in the world,” she said.
Many quilters stick with the “traditional” and involve Newfoundland, to keep as much of that alive as we can, she noted. Throughout the weekend, quilters wore the distinctive Newfoundland tartan sash. Pleased with response Organizers were pleased by the public response, with some 850 visitors passing through the display.
Visitors were greeted in the foyer by the Pigeon Inlet Quilt, which the guild completed last year and which is on permanent display at the Bay Roberts Visitors’ Pavilion.
A special feature of this year’s show was a display in memory of the late Loretta Mercer, one of the guild’s three founding members. She was involved in designing the Pigeon Inlet Quilt, but she was too sick to actually work on it. Her last two quilts were finished by her friends and were part of the display. A silver lining The Viewers’ Choice award went to Joanne O’Brien from North River for her quilt, “A Silver Lining.”
While working on it in the spring of 2009, she was hospitalized with congestive heart failure.
“ Working on these blocks gave me great pleasure and I was able to complete the remaining blocks during my recovery ... Every cloud has a silver lining,” she said.
The guild was formed five years ago in Bay Roberts. It took its name from a series of popular stories Ted Russell ( 1904-77) wrote depicting daily life in a fictitious Newfoundland outport, Pigeon Inlet. Quilting revival In recent decades, quilting has experienced a revival of sorts, Ivimey said. The guild has a waiting list of 25. “Anything bigger than (60) and it be becomes cumbersome,” she stated.
Planning for the event started in October of last year.
“ It’s a monumental undertaking and it’s expensive. We don’t want to spend our time fundraising,” said Ivimey.
There won’t be another show for at least five years. For the immediate future, the guild will focus on education for the quilters.
The Viewers’ Choice award from the recentPigeon Inlet Quilters’ Guild show in Bay Robertswent to Joanne O’Brien of North River for her quilt, “A Silver Lining.”
Eileen Newman demonstrates hand quilting.