Monday, 18 April 2011

CURRENT EVENTS ~ Manitou Creative Quilters Host Show

The Manitou Creative Creative Quilters meet during the winter at the Neilburg Seniors' Centre.  These ladies, who travel from a wide radius to attend club meetings, turn out beautiful handiwork.  Every two years, they host a quilt show and Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17, were the dates for the 2011 extravaganza.

The theme this year was "Spring Into Christmas and More..."  There were demonstrations of the "Quilt as You Go" method, using self-made bias tape; "Fun with Circles" (using the cut around ruler); the "Gizmo Bag" and Reversible Binding; as well as a session on Half Square and Half Quarter Triangles (using the Wonder Cut Ruler).

Everyone who came through the show on Saturday and up to 1 p.m. on Sunday could vote for their favourite quilt, which would be awarded the coveted "Best in Show" award.  Votes were also taken for a selection of "Challenge Quilts" that were on display at the library.
Best In Show
"Quilters Courtyard Mystery"
By:  Kathy Peterson-Neufeld
The winner of the voting for the "Best in Show" was a work titled "Quilters Courtyard Mystery," which was created by Kathy Peterson-Neufeld of Swift Current.  She originated from around the local area and her parents, Lil and Tony Peterson, still live in the district.  Kathy's quilt was a mystery project from "Border Creek Mystery Station" and a quilt shop at Gull Lake.  Initially she was sent a list of required yardage which specified how much dark and how much light fabric was required.  Then, each month, she received additional instructions in the mail.  "The challenge of this quilt was picking out the fabric, but that is part of the mystery," Peterson-Neufeld explained.

The "Challenge Quilts" were on display in the Neilburg Library.  The tablerunners had to contain "at least one star, one circular design, and one piece each of red and white rickrack."  They also needed to be related to the "Spring into Christmas and More" theme.

The winner was Janice Graham with her whimsical Santas:

First Place
Challenge Quilt
Janice Graham
The Second Place winner was a circular swirl crafted by Gail Bertoia:

Second Place
Challenge Quilt
Gail Bertoia
The voters had a hard time deciding which project should receive the Third Place ribbon, and so, in the end, there was a three-way tie.  Frances Wright, Edna Jeffrey and Kathy Peterson-Neufeld shared this honour!

1 - Third Place
Challenge Quilt
Frances Wright

2 - Third Place
Challenge Quilt
Edna Jeffrey

3 - Third Place
Challenge Quilt
Kathy Peterson-Neufeld
There was also a "Quilt Raffle" held at a fundraiser for the Manitou Creative Quilters.  The very lucky winner was Joan Makaroff.  This is the quilt she won:

Raffle Quilt
Winner ~ Joan Makaroff
There were two "Scavenger Hunts" with all ballots with the hidden word correctly identified, placed in a draw for a prize.  In addition, many door prizes were awarded.

As I said to someone, while trying to explain what the show was, and why it was worth attending, "Every time I go there, I feel like going home and dusting off my sewing machine!" 

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