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Riverhurst hosts fun day and quilt show

It was a full day of activity at the Sept. 16 Riverhurst Community Family Fun Day at the Riverhurst Hall.

RIVERHURST - It was a full day of activity at the Sept. 16 Riverhurst Community Family Fun Day at the Riverhurst Hall.

Outside, there was live music, along with a display of vehicles from the Cold Lake Cruisers Car Show, over 16 artisan market vendors, four food trucks, and yard games for families to enjoy.

Inside the Riverhurst Hall was a quilt show presented by the Kinosoo Quilters entitled Fall Into Quilting. Along with a chance to win a quilt from the guild, there were over 100 quilts on display by 20 of the quilters from the guild from Cold Lake. One quilt on display was 145 years old and is now in the care of Jean Giesbrecht.

The history of the quilt, which included a photograph from the family, was displayed alongside the quilt. 

Quilter Shelley Brooks had several quilts on display, including one that took several years to complete and is surrounded by a quote from Katharine Hepburn, "To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow."

Quilter Cindy O'Brien included a Bargello quilt in the show that her and her sister started and completed around the time of the Fort McMurray fires.

"We worked diligently to do enough strip piecing to make two quilts so we each have a completed quilt top," said O'Brien.

Also on display were quilts made during the COVID-19 pandemic, and Challenge Quilts, and the Tissue Box Challenge. While a Challenge quilt must contain specific elements, the Tissue Box Challenge quilt is one inspired by the colours and patterns of a tissue box.

Cynthia Brais, secretary and webmaster with the Kinosoo Quilters explained, "This is not a juried show so the quilts will not be judged or awarded prizes. The guild is putting up this quilt show for fun, and to hopefully attract new members."

It is the first show the guild has had since the pandemic. Members were on hand to answer questions and tell the history and stories of their quilts. Well over 100 people attended the quilt show. Proceeds from the quilt show went to the Cold Lake Food Bank and at the end of the afternoon, a draw was made for a quilt on display, along with several other quilt themed prizes.

Brais said the guild is discussing possible participation and attendance to Quilt Canada 2024 happening in June in Edmonton. Members also make quilts for local charities.