MILDMAY – The New Millennium Quilters Guild holds a quilt show every four years. The show at the Mildmay-Carrick Community Centre on Friday, May 28 and Saturday, May 29 was well worth waiting for.
The one planned for last year didn’t happen because of COVID, but this year’s show more than made up for it, featuring a wonderful array of exciting colour combinations and designs, worked in fabric, some touched with glitter.
Quilts may have started out as warm bed coverings that used up scraps of fabric, but the quilts at the show had about as much in common with blankets as the Mona Lisa does with a random scrawl on a wall. They were magnificent works, pieced together with an artist’s eye and a crafter’s hand.
About 125 of the 336 entries were full-sized quilts but there were also baby quilts, wall hangings and other items.
Co-chairs Cheryl Russwurm and Helen Gutscher pointed out that some of the more eye-catching large quilts were the same design, although worked in delightfully different colour combinations. The Anniversary Star Mystery Quilt was designed by one of the NMQG members and was made by 37 people during COVID.
“Making Memories” was the show’s theme, and the Anniversary Star Mystery Quilt project ensured that COVID years will include some lovely ones.
The shift to Zoom meetings during the pandemic had another positive result, said the co-chairs of the show. While most of the guild’s 99 members are from midwestern Ontario – Walkerton, Hanover, Elmwood, Kincardine, Mildmay, Chesley, Neustadt, Port Elgin and the Listowel area, people have been attending meetings from all over the country. One of the visitors to the quilt show came from Edmonton. Guest speakers at Zoom meetings have included people from coast to coast, and beyond.
Raffle tickets were sold on a beautiful bed quilt and coordinating table topper made by guild members. The pattern Village is a reminder of the isolation during the pandemic, and how something beautiful came from that isolation.
There was a Quilts of Valour display featuring quilts that will be donated to members of the Canadian Armed Forces.
There were seasonal quilts, novelty quilts, and quilts made by members to be donated to charitable organizations, victims of fires and those who are ill.
There was a Toonie Table, vendors area, and much more.
No show would be complete without a guest speaker, and this show featured Sharon Fisher of Gardening Mum Quilts. Based in Mount Forest, Fisher is a Long Arm Quilter, who has a passion for wool applique and embellishing stitches. She shares her knowledge at workshops and in classroom settings.
A special Bed Turning featured unique quilts, each with a special story to tell. One was made from Don Cherry’s ties!
For information about NMQG, email email@example.com.
Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Walkerton Herald Times