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Quilt Show to highlight a grand collection created for comfort and for artistry

There isn’t a more colourful and welcoming place to visit in the County next weekend than the Prince Edward County Quilters’ Show and Sale, this year at the Wellington Community Centre  July 7th and 8th.

The ‘Victorian Rose Garden” raffle quilt, hand-made by  members of the Guild will be on display as guests arrive. Tickets will be available for the draw on Sunday.

Stepping onto the arena floor, visitors will be treated to a charming exhibit of close to 300 quilts, large and small, many of them entered in a judged competition. This collection follows the long tradition in the County of quilting for comfort and for artistry.

Sharing the arena are the merchants offering an enticing array of fabric, books, notions, embellishments, knitting and rug-hooking supplies. Scissors can be sharpened on the spot.

Young quilters will be a focus of this year’s show. Tiffany Tuttle, a 20 year old University student who is the featured quilt artist balances a thriving quilt business with studies in business administration

The 4-H Quilting Club will have a display of flannel quilts. Nine young girls began to quilt this year under the direction of Deehlia Evans, with the help of Barb Insley, Julie Leavitt and Karen Guernsey. With  generous donations from Guild members of flannel fabric, notions, and the use of sewing machines, these young beginner seamstresses were each able to complete a cozy lap quilt, which they proudly shared at the June meeting of the Prince Edward County Quilters’ Guild.

The PEC Quilters’ Guild participates in the community by creating and donating quilts which Hospice Prince Edward, the PEC Police Services and Fire Department offer to people in need of comfort. Some of these comfort quilts, as well as Quilts of Valour -hand-made quilts of comfort for injured Canadian soldiers- have display areas at the show.

Visitors are invited to take time for a coffee break or a bite of lunch at the Cafe before browsing in the boutique where there’s a varied and colourful offering of quilts and gift items for sale.

The show is open Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free parking. Admission is $5. Find out more about the PEC Quilters’ Guild at www.pec.on.ca/quiltersguild

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