The Heritage & Hope quilt show was the first of its kind in this area. The quilts were loaned to the exhibit committee by members of the church and others in the wider community.
The show was open to the public Friday and Saturday, with quilts hanging from the balcony and draped over the pews.
There were a number of historic quilts of which one “Signature” quilt from the 1900s stood out. The squares were made by Barrie Tait Collins’ great-grandmother and her friends, an explanatory text read, and each friend signed a square.
These type of quilts, popular at the time, are often rich resources of information for local historians and genealogists.
Most of the exhibited quilts were more recent, some of them quite modern in their artistic expression. But each was rewarding to linger on, to study, and appreciate its details. The committee had provided white gloves for those who felt compelled to touch the fabrics.
Twenty-four exhibitors were listed in the program, many of them quilters in their own right.
The exhibit was part of the church’s 250th anniversary celebration.