Resort to unveil 50th year anniversary quilt

A special tribute from Sun Peaks Quilters Guild waits to be unveiled as Sun Peaks Resort celebrates the 50th year anniversary of Tod Mountain.

Celebrations for Tod Mountain’s golden year milestone will start in November of this year. After opening in 1961 with just a ski lodge and a chairlift, the resort has since grown into the third largest ski resort in Canada attracting visitors from all over.

To join the celebrations, 10 quilters from Sun Peaks and area have been working away on their special quilting project for about four months and they’re excited for the great reveal late in the fall.

When the Sun Peaks Quilters were asked by the 50th Anniversary Organizing Committee to create a quilt that represented Sun Peaks, the members readily agreed to do it.

“We thought it would be a good project for our little group to embark on,” said Pat Hatchett, a member of the Quilters Guild.

“Seventeen blocks of quilt have been put together by Sun Peaks Quilters,” said Pat Miller, another guild member. “All have a different theme and reason behind them. The full explanation of why each quilter picked the blocks will be part of the unveiling of the quilt.”

Each member worked on a block or two representing seasons and activities that people associate with Sun Peaks.

“We tried to incorporate things that are important to the mountain,” said
Hatchett.

“Everything from when it was originally Tod Mountain to today,” added Miller.

The colourful designs were inspired by things that invoke memories of Sun Peaks, such as the alpine blossoms, bears, skiing and snow.

The 17 blocks will go to a professional quilter in mid-September to be sewn together and made into a large wall hanging.

After the unveiling, the 50th anniversary quilt will be displayed at the resort’s Guest Services office for a year. Then, it will be donated and displayed at either the municipal hall or the Sun Peaks clinic.

Sun Peaks Quilters is open to new members, from beginners to advanced. The guild meets every third Thursday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Cahilty Lodge.

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