St. Marys Journal Argus
The Piecemakers Quilt Show, a little idea that began in the basement of St. Marys United Church, has grown into something that, perhaps, even show originators Pauline Morrison and Brenda Marshall might never have envisioned.
The 2014 edition of the Show, which happens every second year, takes place from April 24-26 in the Pyramid Recreation Centre. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Attractions include displays of new quilts, an on-site café and tea room complete with home-made pies, a merchant’s mall, and new product demonstrations related to the art of quilting.
Of particular interest, say Show co-convenors Sharon Straus of Dashwood and Janice Hawkins of St. Marys, will be a “bed-turning” of approximately 30 antique quilts, as well as appraisals of those works of art by quilting historian Judy Lyons.
“Believe it or not, some of these quilts, hanging, would be worth over $1,000,” says Hawkins.
Piecemakers is co-hosted by the Stonetowne Quilter’s Guild (approximately 45 members, based in St. Marys) and the Huron-Perth Quilter’s Guild (140 members, who meet monthly in Kirkton). The Show features dozens of quilts created and owned by Guild members.
Money raised through admission fees goes towards keeping quilting expenses low, as well as the charity causes of each Guild.