The Northumberland Quilters will be hosting their annual show and sale this weekend. The event runs Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Ruth Hopkins believes quilting is best done in company.
That’s why in the summer of 1993, she along with others got on a float in the Pictou Lobster Carnival wearing old fashioned dresses and bonnets and announced an open meeting for people interesting in becoming part of the Northumberland Quilters.
More than 20 years later the group that was born that day is still meeting regularly.
“The social part has always ben a very important part of quilting,” Hopkins said. “We’re proof it still works.”
Interest was incredibly strong for the group from the start and following advise from others they capped membership at 100 and have held steady at that.
Some aspects have changed over the years. At first they planned to only have a lunch every three or four months. Instead they quickly found that there was an appetite for meals at all their monthly meetings.
Turns out there is a strong correlation between good quilters and good cooks.
One of the traditions that has stuck is the annual quilt show and sale which goes to help cover the costs of the group. This year is the 20th anniversary and will be held this weekend at the deCoste.
As might be expected, there will also be some tasty treats on hand.
“The husbands come for the lunch. The wives come for the show,” says Hopkins
Linda Rose, who was president of the club last year, said the event is their yearly fundraiser. They typically have about 100 quilts on display with various patterns and designs for people to enjoy. Some are for sale. Some are just to admire. One of the highlights each year is the raffle on a hand quilted quilt, which the members devote hours to crafting together.
Rose has been quilting since she was a child and has been part of the guild for 10 years.
She said what she enjoys most is the social aspect of it.
“You meet so many new friends and everybody is working together helping each other.”
Where ever possible they try to give back to help others. They make quilts for Tearmann House, people in palliative care and also ones to be given to people who lose their homes in fires.
Hopkins is happy when she looks at where the group is now from where they started.
Who: Northumberland Quilt Guild
What: 20th Annual Quilt Show and Sale
Where: The deCoste Centre
When: Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
How much: $5 admission (children under 12 free)