Sitting right adjacent to the annual Dance Jamboree over the weekend was the Eckville Quilt Show, which raised money to support handicraft in the Town.
The quilt show showcased the fine work of local sewers, quilters and other handicrafts done by local artists. The show had many items for sale, a bake show and a silent auction that were all designed to raise money for the day-to-day operation of Eckville Handicraft.
Janet Morton, President of Eckville Handicraft, was happy to see the many people taking part in both the jamboree and their Quilt Show.
“This is our annual fundraiser for the year to support our handicrafts,” she said. “The funds raised keeps handicraft going. For instance, we have bought new office chairs in the past and we have also painted the room recently.”
The funds raised over the weekend help offset the cost of equipment and office supplies needed to keep their room open. The rent for the Eckville Handicraft is largely supplied by a provincial grant, however the grant doesn’t cover the cost of sewing machines, office chairs and any general maintenance item needed to keep the club running.
The quilts that were on display sometimes require hundreds of hours of work.
“It would be small a amount to put 12 hours into a quilt,” Morton said. “It depends how intricate the pattern is.”
If you would like more information about Eckville Handicraft, or you would like to donate to the club contact Janet Morton at (403) 746-5813.