Nelson quilt show draws big numbers

Over 400 quilt lovers from throughout the Kootenays and Okanagan enjoyed this month's quilt show in Nelson.

Elsie Gates was the Canadian Quilters Guild Award winner at the recent Kootenay Quilters Guild show in Nelson.

Over 400 quilt lovers from throughout the Kootenays and Okanagan enjoyed this month’s Kootenay Quilters Guild show in Nelson.

The Canadian Quilters’ Guild Award went to Elsie Gates for her stunning piece My Spring Garden. She was delighted and honored to have her quilt chosen for this prestigious award. The Viewers’ Choice Award went to Kristine Sacenieks for Luscious Lilies. Rose Johnson received second place award for her intricate Hawaiian Sampler and Sue Lambrecht’s Friends Forever was the third choice. The Guilds’ Challenge of table and bed runners, judged by Guild members, saw First place awarded to Susie Holmes for Forest Finery, Second Place to Bonnie Chalmers for Santa Needs Help, and Third Place to Molly Seminoff for Moon Dance.

Feature Quilters Bonnie Chalmers and Laura McEachern were available throughout the show to discuss how they created their spectacular works of art. The Guilds’ Toot Your Horn booth portrayed the work that members do for a variety of charities. A special quilt, Sternwheelers of the Kootenays, utilized original drawings by the late Alec Gardner, done for his friend Bev Walton. The quilt was completed by Karen Ringrose.

The Kootenay Appliqué Society shared information about their First Place Award in the Appliqué Society’s Chapter Challenge. The Baltimore Album,  submitted to the competition in Ashland, North Carolina, is now touring the US.

Tickets sold out for the quilt raffle. Winner Kiran Mannas was pleased that proceeds support the Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation.

The Kootenay Quilters’ Day Guild meets on the first and third Thursday at 10 a.m. at Christie Lees Hall and the Evening Guild meets every Thursday at the same location.