Quilting retreat a hit

Quilting In The MountainsThe annual Quilting in the Mountains retreat was a sell-out success this year, with a host of quilters turning out to pick up new tips, get started on new projects, or put the finishing touches on their work from July 13 to 17.

Now in its 11th year, Quilting in the Mountains brought renowned quilter Dianne Jansson back to Sun Peaks. Jansson has taught throughout Canada, and also in Iceland and Australia, and is sought after for her easy teaching style and her creativity.

Pat Miller, Quilting in the Mountains founder, said Jansson was a big draw for many of the quilters, who have travelled from the Lower Mainland and throughout the Okanagan and Interior B.C. to attend the weeklong retreat.

“She’s a spectacular instructor,” Miller said.

Attendees also praised the weeklong format, the beautiful scenery of Sun Peaks, and the camaraderie between the quilters as high points of the retreat.

“Being able to work with all these wonderful ladies and learn new tricks is great,” one quilter said.

Each years’ retreat has its own theme, with this year’s being Simple Blocks, Stunning Quilts.

“It’s about using the traditional blocks of four or nine patch quilts and creating something very different and non-traditional,” Miller said.

Examples included mixing different patch sizes and shapes together, a quilt made entirely from triangle patches, a pixelated quilt made from tiny patches, and many more ideas.

The week concluded with a quilter’s dinner and trunk show (quilting terminology for a display of quilts and a presentation by a particular artist) by award-winning quilter Marven Ecker, who shared his passion and experience with the group.

Already the group is looking ahead to next year’s retreat, which is planned to conclude with a special quilt show inspired by the beauty of B.C.