Choose from placemats, table runners, wall hangings, potholders, baby quilts, cup mats and more.
The plan to hold an annual quilt show at the Beaverlodge Art and Culture Center was hatched shortly after BACS began operations in 1991, and decades later we open our doors for the 28and annual exhibition of some of the creations that were sewn last year and never seen in public.
On March 27, our doors will open and welcome patrons and visitors from across the Peace region to make their way through the extravagance of colors and patterns hung in hallways and walls and draped on racks, chairs and tables.
The Quilt Show continues to be one of the most anticipated and attended monthly shows of the year at BACS with patrons coming from as far away as Fort St. John, Spirit River, Fairview and beyond .
In recent years, an exhibition of vintage quilts has been the highlight for many visitors. How many times do we have the privilege of seeing a hundred-year-old hand-sewn quilt that has been delicately brought out of a trunk or an attic especially for this exhibition? Modern quilters are often amazed by the ingenuity and handwork of our pioneers.
Did you receive a handmade quilt from a friend or relative? Lucky you! If you can grasp the concept of hours spent sewing fabric shapes with precision and the skill required to put it all together, you’ll appreciate that a handmade quilt is a treasured gift to cherish and even pass on to the next. generation as a treasure. heritage to, one day, become “vintage”.
Beyond gifts to family and friends, collectively the various groups create quilts for preemies to adults for institutions and causes such as our Grande Prairie and Beaverlodge hospitals, Stollery Children’s Hospital, Odyssey House, Hythe Continuing Care Centre, Beaverlodge Christmas Hampers, and Quilts of Valor Canada, and have donated many quilts to benefit community events and charities. It is a dedicated and generous group.
At Beaverlodge around the block is one of the show’s drop-off centers and offers quilting classes as well as a selection of fabrics that rivals any boutique in a major center. Stop and you’ll see an assembly of beginner to advanced quilters gathered around a huge table with humming sewing machines. Owner Erin Kyle invites newcomers to come create something wonderful to keep or gift.
Most of the quilts on display are not for sale; however, many quilters generously contribute smaller, more affordable items for a pop-up sales table for the duration of the show. It’s the perfect time to buy a one-of-a-kind gift – think Mother’s Day. Choose from placemats, table runners, wall hangings, potholders, baby quilts, cup mats and more.
Enter and be surprised and inspired by the 28and annual quilt exhibition to be seen from March 27 to April 21, with free admission to the center for the public. For more information, call 780-354-3600.