For the first time, the Canadian Quilters’ Association (CQA) is putting a touring quilt exhibit, and on Feb. 11, the Travelling Quilt Show is coming to Lloydminster’s Country Quilts and Stitches quilt shop.
Eighteen decorative 12- by 16-inch quilts will be on display at the quilt shop. The quilts are made by nationally recognized quilters from across Canada. The quilts are for sale for $200 each with proceeds going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Canada. Only three of the 18 quilts are still for sale, but greeting cards with the quilt designs on them are available.
“There are some landscape pictures, different abstract things, flowers … they’re really works of art,” said Jody Davidson, owner of Country Quilts and Stitches and a member of the Lloydminster Log Cabin Quilters’ Guild.
The quilts will be on display at the store from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and there will be a presentation from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Davidson says CQA reached out to quilting guilds in different communities, offering them the opportunity to showcase the travelling quilts.
“The local quilt guild doesn’t have a building or anything, so they would have to rent space to have a show,” she said. “I’m a member of the quilters’ guild and they just asked if they could use the store as their venue.”
CQA representative Jaynie Himsl is responsible for the Saskatchewan leg of the tour. She has already brought the quilts through Weyburn, Moose Jaw, Saskatoon, Tisdale and Prince Albert. After Lloydminster, she’s off to North Battleford, Swift Current, Rosetown and Regina.
The tour is like a quilt relay. Himsl was handed the quilts on Feb. 3 after they travelled through the Yukon, and on Feb. 23 she passes them off to the CQA representative in British Columbia.
“Every province and most territories will get a quilt show coming to them,” she said.
Himsl has displayed the quilts at quilt shops, guilds, art galleries, cafes and restaurants. She says feedback has been positive.
“It’s been fantastic,” she said. “Everybody’s impressed with the quilts, everybody has a different favourite. It’s impressive to see the work that’s been done… The workmanship in them is overwhelming.”
Back at Country Quilts and Stitches, Davidson is working on a quilt on her quilting machine, which resembles a high-tech loom with a giant sewing machine attached to it. She says she’s hoping to draw a crowd of quilters and non-quilters alike to the show.
“There are about 40 members in our local guild, and then it’s open to the public as well and we sent (invites) to guilds in the surrounding area, so hopefully we’ll get a good turnout,” she said.