The quilting tradition continues


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April 16, 2015 8:15 AM

Josef Jacobson Photo Lloydminster Log Cabin Quilters Guild member Janet Ulan (left) needs help from member Sandy Hrehorick to show off her quilt during "show and tell" at the guild's monthly meeting on April 6.

At its monthly meeting on April 6, the Lloydminster Log Cabin Quilters Guild decided to hold its semi-annual Quilt Show in October 2016 at the Legacy Centre.

“I’m very pleased to say that we have voted in favour of having a quilt show in 2016,” said communications director Sharon Pryor, adding later that “the motion to hold the quilt show for 2016 at the Legacy Centre has been passed.”

There was much debate on the topic, first on whether or not to hold the sale, and then on the venue. Members raised concerns over work load, participation, the cost of running the event and which days of the week would work best. Although there are still details to work out, Pryor is happy the tradition will continue.

“I think it’s wonderful. It’s a great showcase for our art form,” said Prior, who chaired the meeting due to the absence of guild president Angela Larson.

The show is held every two years in order to give members enough time to prepare their quilts. She hopes to have 140 quilts of various sizes made by the guild’s 32 members. Outside entries and welcome as well.

The monthly meeting is also an opportunity for members to update the group on any projects they’re working on.

“I guess I brought enough for everybody,” said guild member Janet Ulan, unloading a series of large quilts onto a table. She picks one up, unfolds it and turns to the group. “Before I die my goal is to do 1,000 for charity. I am currently at 293, so I’ve got a long way to go and I’m getting up there, so that’s why I’m (quilting) like crazy right now,” she said.

Some of the quilts she brought to the meeting are destined for the Jubilee Home long-term care facility and the Lloydminster Hospital chemotherapy ward.

“My husband says I will never use (up my) fabric before I check out, so I have to prove him wrong,” Ulan said.

At the meeting a call was also put out for members to sign up for positions on the executive. Each year the guild likes to have fresh faces hold important roles.

“We’d like to get some of the younger members more involved,” Pryor said. “You can become complacent. You have to have other people take on these positions to learn how (the guild) operates and all the work involved.”

By the end of the week all the positions were filled. A motion will be made to officially declare the new executive at the guild’s annual general meeting on May 4. Pryor says quilting and knitting is becoming more popular, and with the guild being transfused with “new blood,” the future looks promising.

“We’ve become a very active guild and we’re attracting more young quilters, which is awesome,” she said. “They’re seeing their grandmas doing it and their aunts and a lot of them are trying to bring back these things that they used to do in the older times.”

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