St. Croix International Quilt Show

By Kaileigh Deacon

 

The Sanctuary of the First Congregational Church in Calais was home to the St. Croix International Quilters quilt show Friday and Saturday. Draped over pews and hung on the walls were the marvelous works created by the members of the guild. There were quilts, ornaments, wreaths, and countless other pieces. 

This is the past Friday and Saturday the St. Croix International Quilters Guild held their annual Quilt Show at the First Congregational Church in Calais. The annual event falls on the same weekend as the Applefest and Art Along the Waterfront bringing people from all over Maine and New Brunswick to Calais.

The Quilt Show is a multifaceted event that encompasses the many aspects of what is involved in quilting encouraging quilters and admirers to get involved. In the sanctuary and halls of the church, the craftsmanship of guild members is displayed for those to admire and examine with gloves. Among these pieces there were some that were crafted specifically for the challenge that is held every year. This year’s challenge was the Mountain Stroll Challenge, where quilters had to create a wall quilt that either figuratively or literally depicted a mountain stroll. Over the two days of the event attendees of the quilt show were encouraged to vote for their favorite. 

Also in the sanctuary was the quilt that would be raffled off was displayed. The Ronald McDonald House Raffle Quilt is displayed and attendees can purchase a ticket one for $1 or six for $5. All the money raised from the quilt raffle will be divided and sent to the Ronald McDonald house in Bangor and the Ronald McDonald Family room in Moncton New Brunswick. In addition to raising money for the Ronald McDonald house the St. Croix International Quilters also use the money raised from raffle alley to help support their Hospice Quilt Initiative in both Charlotte and Washington Counties. 

As usual downstairs in the Church there was space for vendors to sell completed products as well as things needed for quilting. This event is a great place for quilters to get together and network, share ideas, and learn new techniques. There were several demonstrations throughout the two days lead by members of the guild. 

This year there was also a booth for the Quilts of Valour-Canada. Quilts of Valor in both the United States and Canada is a program that works to provide quilts to injured and ill service members and veterans. The representative from Quilts of Valour-Canada was on hand this past weekend to answer questions about the program, accept donations to the program, and to sell bags to raise money for their local groups. This program aims to help provide a little comfort for service members of both Canada and the United States. If you are interested in helping this cause in the United States you can go to www.qovf.org and in Canada visit www.quiltsofvalour.ca to get information on local chapters and what you can do to help. 

 

The Quilt Show is a chance to see beautiful pieces of craftsmanship created by members of the St. Croix International Quilters. In conjunction with Applefest and Art Along the Waterfront the Quilt Show was a good way to get out and see the wonderful things people in our area are creating.