Quil­ter’s par­adise

Pi­geon In­let guild host­ing first show in five years

The Compass - - NEWS - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON edi­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

The mem­bers of a lo­cal quilt­ing guild know a thing or two about how much ef­fort it takes to pro­duce a multi-lay­ered work of art that can also keep a per­son warm on a cold night.

For 10 years, the Pi­geon In­let Quil­ters’ Guild and its mem­bers have learned and worked to­gether to come up with count­less cre­ative pat­terns.

Now, five years af­ter its first pub­lic show­case proved to be a big hit, the group is ready for its sec­ond ever quilt show. “Shore to Shore: Quilts Ga­lore” takes place June 25-26 at As­cen­sion Col­le­giate in Bay Roberts from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be a small ad­mis­sion charge at the door.

“Some of the (quilts) peo­ple started 15 years ago,” said Pa­tri­cia Ivimey, one of three co-chairs for the show along with Ge­orgina King and Carol Wheeler.

Over 140 quilts, plus dozens of other quilted items, will be on dis­play for the two-day event. A quil­ters’ bou­tique will give at­ten­dees a chance to pur­chase se­lect items, in­clud­ing full-size quilts, smaller ones for ba­bies, bags and pil­low­cases, amongst other goods. A num­ber of ven­dors will be sell­ing quilt­ing and sewing sup­plies.

The group started with 25 mem­bers, but has since grown to in­clude 65 quil­ters, with a wait­ing list of new prospec­tive mem­bers al­ways con­tain­ing a few names.

“The peo­ple that are in the guild are mostly from Bay Roberts and the sur­round­ing ar­eas, but we have some­body that comes all the way from Burnt Point, and there’s a cou­ple of women from Tor­bay,” said Ivimey.

Among the fea­tured items this year will be the 74-by-84inch “Pi­geon In­let Quilt,” a team ef­fort that drew upon the tal­ents of over 40 guild mem­bers. The guild do­nated the piece to the Bay Roberts Cul­tural Foun­da­tion. It fea­tures images taken from Ted Rus­sell’s pop­u­lar sto­ries about Pi­geon In­let.

A new col­lab­o­ra­tive piece mark­ing an im­por­tant an­niver­sary in New­found­land and Labrador’s his­tory will be un­veiled pub­licly for the first time dur­ing the show. Two years in the mak­ing, the quilt honours the Bat­tle of Beau­mont-Hamel. This year’s Me­mo­rial Day marks the 100th an­niver­sary of the tragic event, which claimed the lives of many New­found­lan­ders.

The quilt will be do­nated to the Bay Roberts Her­itage So­ci­ety. The guild takes on a va­ri­ety of char­i­ta­ble projects ev­ery year. Most re­cently, mem­bers have cre­ated quilts for women who’ve un­der­went mas­tec­tomies, tur­bans for those who’ve lost their hair due to can­cer treat­ments, and blan­kets and pil­low­cases for chil­dren at the Janeway Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal.

Mem­bers meet on the sec­ond Thurs­day of each month at the Avalon North Wolver­ines Search and Res­cue build­ing in Bay Roberts. They also have two work­ing quilt days on a monthly ba­sis where some­one will serve as a fa­cil­i­ta­tor to fo­cus on a spe­cific skillset.

“We re­ally rely on each other, which is great,” said Ivimey. “And the peo­ple that are new mem­bers are amazed at how will­ing we are to share in­for­ma­tion.”

COM­PASS FILE PHOTO

Quilt show co-chairs Pa­tri­cia Ivimey, left, and Carol Wheeler, stand be­side the “Pi­geon In­let Quilt,” the sig­na­ture cre­ation of the Pi­geon In­let Quil­ters’ Guild. This photo was taken at the group’s in­au­gu­ral show in 2011.

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Pa­tri­cia Ivimey of Bay Roberts made this quilt to cel­e­brate the birth of a friend’s new­born baby.

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“A Block of the Month” by Judy Adams of Bryant’s Cove.

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