PORT HASTINGS: The 12th annual Celebrating Quilting at the Causeway Quilt Show and Sale is being held at St. David’s United Church in Port Hastings from August 10-15.

The quilt show is one of the largest quilt shows and sales on Cape Breton Island and is expected to feature over 100 quilts made by members of the Ocean Waves Quilt Society, a 170-member group primarily comprised of quilters from across Cape Breton and Antigonish County.

The show, sponsored by the Ocean Waves group and hosted by the Port Hawkesbury Tea Thyme Quilters, will have traditional and modern quilts in all sizes available for sale and/or display. The adjoining church hall will be filled with a variety of smaller handcrafted items. Open hours will be 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. each day. Donations can be made at the door, and a percentage of each sale will be put towards the upkeep of the historic St. David’s Church.

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Port Hawkesbury quilter Barb MacIntyre, a juried member of the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design and a driving force behind the quilt show since its inception, anticipates another successful show.

“This quilt show is quite unique, in that it features quilts and smaller hand-crafted items made by quilters and artisans from all across the island and the Strait area,” she said.

MacIntyre says she is contacted throughout the year with questions about the show, stating, “We draw visitors from across Canada, the United States, and some European countries. Of those who come to the show, many are repeat visitors who plan their trips to Cape Breton about this time to coincide with the quilt show.”

A regular feature of the quilt show and sale is a demonstration in the church hall of hand-quilting done on a traditional wooden frame. This year the quilt that will be part of the demonstration will be made and donated by the quilters to Housing First, a federally funded program to find housing for chronically homeless individuals. The quilters were contacted by members of the Cape Breton Coalition for Social Justice seeking support to provide double and single quilts for clients in their new homes.

MacIntyre invites the public to come in and see the quilting demonstration or participate by quilting or learning to quilt, during the show.

The quilters also invite anyone in the community to participate in this project by donating a new or slightly-used quilt to the homeless project.

For further information about the Celebrating Quilting at the Causeway Quilt Show and Sale, contact Barb MacIntyre at (902) 625-1546 or visit the Facebook page, Celebrating Quilting at the Causeway Quilt Show and Sale.