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Kootenay Quilters Guild present 'Keep Calm and Quilt On' in September

As we emerge from the worst of the pandemic, the Kootenay Quilters Guild is presenting their (almost) biennial quilt show, “Keep Calm and Quilt On”.  The members have been busy while isolating, and there will be more than 150 of their quilts on display. 

The featured quilter is Mona Smith, who started quilting 16 years ago, and who boldly tries new materials, techniques and designs, always bringing interesting new projects to meetings.  Talk to Mona about cork, for instance!

This year’s show is dedicated to the memory of several long-time Kootenay quilters, Miyo Mori, Norma Vecchio, Loli Mikkelson, Mary Lee Banyard, and Irene Bridge.  Some of their pieces will be at the show.

As usual, there will be raffles for baskets of goodies, as well as for a beautiful quilt, made by Elsie Gates.  Several merchants will have displays and sale tables, the Modern Quilt Guild of Nelson will also have things on show, and a boutique will be selling quilted items by the members – bags, placemats, wall-hangings, quilts, who knows what?? 

Come and celebrate the creativity of so many women in the community (men quilt too!), boldly going against the tide of mass-production and consumerism.  

Pieces on display range from small art quilts to large King-sized bed quilts, traditional styles to impressionistic art pieces.  Challenge quilts celebrate individual creativity and personal takes on a shared theme.  It’s always fun to see the different ways that people interpret a theme, and use colour, fabric and design to express themselves.

The Kootenay Quilters’ show, “Keep Calm and Quilt On” is at the Prestige Lakeside Resort, 701 Lakeside Drive, Nelson, September 30 and October 1 from 12-6 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday with a $5 admission.