This Friday and Saturday (April 17 and 18) area residents are in for a treat as the Cornwall Quilters Guild hosts its bi-annual show and sale. Two years ago the guild re-located the event from the Nav Centre to Cornwall’s Trinity Church. Inspired by the beauty of handmade quilts displayed on church pews amid stained glass windows in another community, they knew they had to give this a try themselves. The event was a complete success, drawing some 700 plus attendees and a great many compliments. If you were unable to attend the 2013 event, you owe it to yourself to check this out, especially since it’s likely that a different venue will be lined up for the 2017 show.
Trinity’s church and large hall house the quilt exhibits. Local and out of town retail vendors will offer a variety of supplies and equipment for sale. Items created by some guild members are offered for sale in the boutique room. Yet another room houses various items including an exhibit of quilted items donated to the Cornwall Hospice, Habitat for Humanity and St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre. The church itself operates a tea room with a light lunch and homemade treats for sale.
In addition to bedding, quilted items include wearables, wall hangings, cushion covers, Christmas, kitchen and baby items.
One of the attractions this year is a handmade World War I heritage quilt shown here with guild member Denise Besner. After the show the quilt will be offered to the War Museum. Each of the images bears a unique symbolism, a written description of which will accompany the display.
Attendees are encouraged to vote for their favourite quilt; the winner will receive a Viewer’s Choice show ribbon. Guild members have created gifts for the first 900 attendees. It’s a different item than at the 2013 event; we’re sworn to secrecy. Hours of operation and admission are shown in the event ad on this page. The advertisers sponsoring this page are among the vendors you’ll meet at the show.
The 65 (active) member guild is in its 23rd year, meeting at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of each month (except for June – August) at St. Matthew’s Church hall on Second St W. Visitors and new members are welcome to call Sharon Maggee at 613-936-1976 for more info. Like the guild on Facebook where you’ll find more photos and coming events.